Chester County Week Two Football Previews

We are heading into the second week of the school soccer season with all the area teams in action. Here’s a look at the entire full list of games.

Coatesville (1-0) at Academy Park (1-0), 1 p.m.

Coatesville travels to play one of the best teams in District 1 5A at Academy Park. The Red Raiders beat Pennsbury, 28-6, last week, while the Knights beat Unionville, 12-7. Coatesville quarterback Harrison Susi threw for 189 yards and a touchdown and rushed for another 102 yards.

Coatesville’s defense was very good against the run in the win over Pennsbury and they will have to be again as Academy Park features Terrance Oliver, who had 127 yards on 15 carries in the win over Unionville. The Knights also have some size on their offensive line. Academy Park is a very tough local team and this will be a tough test for Coatesville.

Pick up: Coatesville 28, Academy Park 13

State College (1-0) at Downingtown East (1-0), 7 p.m.

Downingtown East hosts a State College team that advanced to the PIAA 6A semifinals last season and defeated Willimasport, 42-14, in the Little Lions’ opener. They built a 42-0 halftime lead and sat their starters throughout the second half. This should be a very physical affair as both teams love to run football.

Downingtown East floored Pennridge, 32-13, for 203 rushing yards. The Cougars completely controlled the game running 75 snaps to the Rams’ 45. Look for more ball control from the Cougars in this one. Downingtown East’s defense limited Pennridge to just five first downs.

Choose: Downingtown East 28, State College 21

Downingtown West (1-0) at Perkiomen Valley (1-0), 7 p.m.

Downingtown West travels to play one of the top 6A teams in District 1 in the Perkiomen Valley. The Vikings demolished Penn Wood, 66-6, in their first game. Senior quarterback Danny Koehler completed all nine of his pass attempts for 187 yards and four touchdowns. Senior wide receiver Owen Peterlin is one of the best receivers in the district and caught three balls for 115 yards in the win over Penn Wood.

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The Whippets’ Jake Kucera had 239 total yards in a 48-13 win over Highland Regional in Ocean City, NJ. Kucers totaled 136 rushing yards on just six carries and also had 104 receiving yards. This could be a shooting.

Pick up: Perkiomen Valley 35, Downingtown West 28

WC Henderson (0-0) at WC Rustin (0-0) 7 p.m.

This is the season opener for both teams as the Bob Brice era begins at West Chester Henderson. The Warriors will have to deal with the Golden Knights’ Wing-t offense that features Daimon Jacobs and impressive sophomore Chase Hatton.

Choice: WC Rustin 30, WC Henderson 21

Lower Merion (1-0) at Conestoga (1-0), 7 p.m.

Conestoga beat a good Owen J.Roberts team on the road last week. Quarterback Peter Costigan threw for 149 yards and two touchdowns. The Pioneers also rushed for 246 yards, 111 coming off Jake Allred.

Lower Merion eliminated Pottstown last week, but Conestoga has more talent than the improving Aces and should prevail here as both teams open Central League play.

Pick: Conestoga 31, Lower Merion 14

Phoenixville (0-1) at Bishop Shanahan (0-0), 7 p.m.
The host Eagles get into action against a Phoenixville team that lost to Great Valley, 27-20, in its opener. Bishop Shanahan will feature a squad that is mostly watching their first college experience live, but may have a speed advantage over the Phanotms.

Pick: Bishop Shanahan 21, Phoenixville 14

Great Valley (1-0) at WC East (0-1), 7 p.m.

Great Valley comes to this newcomer off a win over Phoenixville, while the host Vikings were battered by Manheim Central in their opener.

Great Valley can run the ball and received a 70-yard kickoff return for a Nathan Riccardi touchdown against Phoenixville. The Patriots’ defensive forward seven played very well and could be the difference here.

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Pick up: Great Valley 24, WC East 14

Oxford (1-0) at Kennett (0-1), 7 p.m.

Kennett gave up 490 total yards in a loss to Upper Dublin last week, while Oxford defeated Avon Grove. Oxford has third-year senior quarterback Dustin Long, who threw for 215 yards last week. Long is a playmaker and Kennett’s defense will have to step up his game to contain him.

Choose: Oxford 21, Kennett 20

Unionville (0-1) at Sun Valley (1-0), 7 p.m.

Unionville travels to play an improving Sun Valley squad that beat Penncrest in its opener. Noah Griffin had 126 rushing yards for the Vanguards.

For Unionville, expect to see plenty of runs from Joe King, who carried the ball 27 times in the Longhorns’ 12-7 loss to Academy Park. Quarterback Levi Brawley will also run the ball.

Pick up: Unionville 31, Sun Valley 20

Avon Grove (0-1) at Penn Wood (0-1), 7 p.m.

Avon Grove lost a 28-16 decision to Oxford in their opener despite outscoring the Hornets, 378-330. Five turnovers doomed the Red Devils.

Penn Wood gave up 66 points in a loss to Perkiomen Valley last week. This is a game where the Red Devils can control the line of attack.

Pick: Avon Grove 21, Penn Wood 14

La Salle (1-0) at Malvern Prep (0-0) at Ocean City HS, 6 p.m.

Malvern Prep opens its season by heading to Ocean City, NJ for a heavyweight clash with La Salle. The Explorers are coming off an impressive win over North Penn.

The Friars spring into action with senior quarterback Bryce Pippin rushing into the show. Senior linebacker Bobby Mears is one of the best. Speedy Yaahdir Nash is expected to shoulder most of the load at running back.

Choose: Malvern Prep 28, LaSalle 21

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