Football: Rustin clinches division title

This article can be found published on the Daily Local News‘ website.


WESTTOWN — It was the Dave Fithian and defense show for West Chester Rustin as they reclaimed the Ches-Mont League American Division crown by thumping Kennett, 39-0, on Friday.

The win extended Rustin’s perfect season to 9-0 and its 5-0 division gave them its fifth division crown in the last six years.

The Golden Knights offense piled up the yards, while the defense also chipped in by constantly denying Kennett any offensive momentum.

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“We’re thrilled to be 9-0,” said Rustin head coach Mike St. Clair. “We played a very sound game tonight.”

Fithian, Rustin’s senior quarterback, went 9 for 12 for a 202 yards.

In the first half, he completed all eight passes and racked up 179 yards with touchdown passes of 57 and 45 yards — both to Ethan Ridgeway.

“It’s very rare that a Rustin quarterback throws for 200 yards, but that’s not to say they can’t,” St. Clair said. “David came out throwing the ball really well. His receivers are excellent. When we need to throw the ball, we can throw the ball.”

On the other side of the ball, Rustin’s defense limited Kennett to a mere 58 yards on the night.

“Our defense has been playing pretty well all year,” St. Clair said. “We’ve seen the option a lot this year, so the kids are schooled up against it.”

Kennett sophomore quarterback Nick Dunlevy, who was a key factor in the Blue Demons’ win last week, once again carried the ball more than anyone else on the team, but was limited to three yards on 13 carries.

He was also sacked five times — 3 1/2 coming from junior Matt Hosking.

In fact, the closest Kennett (2-3, 3-6) came to the end zone was the Rustin 31-yard line and they managed only three first downs — one in the opening drive and not again until halfway through the third quarter.

“We were able to make some plays tonight and then control the ball offensively and control the game,” St. Clair said.

Not to be overshadowed were also junior running back Terry Loper and Ridgeway.

Loper opened up the scoring in the first quarter with a seven-yard TD run and finished the evening with 20 carries for 178 yards and three touchdowns — one in each of the first three quarters.

Ridgeway, on the other hand, had five receptions on the night for 124 yards and two scores.

“We’re a run-first team, but they way (Kennett was) loading the box, we thought there were some opportunities where we could throw the ball,” St. Clair said. “We wanted to make sure we got some practice throwing the ball tonight.”

On paper, the Golden Knights seemed to have had a very successful evening, but St. Clair wasn’t completely happy with the performance of his team.

“I think we could do a little bit better job with the extra-point team,” St. Clair said. “We missed a couple extra points in there, so we’ll work on that this week and hopefully we’ll solidify that.”

Rustin will finish off the regular season next week on the road against Octorara and try and cap off a perfect regular season.

“We’re just looking forward to next week’s game,” St. Clair said. “Octorara has a pretty skilled team. Hopefully we get a win there and finish the regular season undefeated with a Ches-Mont championship.”


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