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Posted on April 22nd, 2014 in History | No Comments

For the first time in the 15-year history of the Valor Bowl, the East  has won three consecutive games against the West .

The game, played at Conestoga Senior High, was a tight, see-saw affair. The teams traded body blows throughout the game, with the East holding on for a 33-25 nail biter.

            The scoring started almost immediately, like at the end of the East’s first series. With the East staff wondering aloud whether they should punt to Coatesville’s Chris Jones, the former Red Raider took the punt at the East 48 and returned it for a touchdown. The two-point conversion pass didn’t click.

            Unionville quarter Tom Pancoast (East Offensive MVP) capped a 65-yard drive with 32 seconds to go in the first quarter with a two-yard quarterback sneak, and Rustin’s Dylan Jenkins gave the East a 7-6 lead with the extra point. Not to be outdone, the West retaliated immediately behind Coatesville quarter Emmett Hunt, who completed passes of 16,16, 22, 8, and 12 yards on the 80-yard excursion. The drive ended when Downingtown West’s Tino Bunhu slanted over right tackle from the one.

            The East, more of a running team, ground out 79 yards, using 7:59 off the clock, to tie the game at 13 with 31 seconds left in the half. Great Valley quarterback Chris Geiss sneaked in from the one on fourth down.

            The scoring cooled off for most of the third quarter, but the West finally dented the scoreboard, going 58 yards, and getting an 8-yard touchdown pass from Downingtown East’s Eddie Kozlowski to Coatesville’s Dre Boggs with 14 seconds remaining in the period. A bad snap from center on the extra point kept it at 19-13.

            Turning to its running game again, the East used up more than six minutes in going 80 yards, with Conestoga’s Marcus Burton slamming over left tackle from the three with 5:56 to go in the game. Again, Jenkins gave the East the lead, 20-19, with his extra point.

            Malvern Prep’s Joe Barrett intercepted a Hunt pass and returned it to the West 28, setting up Geiss’ second one-yard touchdown run, this one with 1:48 to play.

            Hunt rallied his gang once more, taking them 80 yards in just over 90 seconds, with his passing. His 18-yard touchdown pass to Jones at the 14 second mark closed the gap to 27-25.

            The West was detected for illegal procedure on the kickoff. Conestoga’s Sonny DiMartini then sprinted 43 yards for the insurance touchdown.

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