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ATGLEN — It should have been a happy game for Unionville, securing its sixth win of the season, but a fourth quarter full of penalties from both teams marred any such joy.
Instead, the 28-0 Ches-Mont League American Division shutout of Octorara left a bitter taste in Unionville head coach Pat Clark’s mouth.
“(The penalties) overshadowed a really good effort,’ Clark said. “It overshadowed a great defensive effort. It overshadowed us being pretty tough on offense and doing a good job on special teams.’
Unionville (3-0, 6-1) was able to hold Octorara (1-3, 1-6) to just 166 yards, while its offense exploded for 356.
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But tensions were rising in the fourth and bad penalty after bad penalty were taken by both sides during almost every play. Two squads combined for 110 yards in penalties.
“Jed (Octorara coach King) and I talked after the game,’ Clark said. “That’s not what his team is like and typically that’s not what our team is like. It was bad on both sides. Both of us were a little embarrassed with what happened out there.
“It was just so uncharacteristic of them. I’m disappointed. I’m sure their parents are disappointed.’
Despite things getting out of hand late in the game, it’s hard not to recognize the play of senior running back Garrett Scargill.
He had two touchdowns — one on the ground and one in the air — and finished the night with 20 carries for 140 yards and two catches for 53 yards.”He is phenomenal,’ Clark said. “Garrett runs the ball really well. We had good balance tonight. Alex (Pechin) carried us in the first half and Garrett carried us in the second.’
Pechin, Unionville’s junior quarterback, went 6-for-10 for 107 yards and three touchdowns. Five of the completions came in the first half for 77 yards.
Unionville has scored 37 or more points in four of the first six games and though Octorara came in with a 1-5 record, they weren’t going to let the win come easily for the Indians.”We tried not to look past anybody,’ Clark said. “We came out and took care of business.’
The undisciplined play by Unionville will be taken care of Monday as Clark will reign his team in and prepare for the tough opponent of West Chester Rustin next week.
“Immovable object meets irresistible force,’ Clark said. “They’re undefeated and we’re defending league champs. We have to have our best week of practice and be ready for a challenge.”