Kennett starts early and shuts out West Chester Henderson
WEST CHESTER >> On Friday night at J. Oscar Dicks Stadium, the visiting Kennett Blue Demons put in a stifling defensive performance and earned four touchdowns from tough Julian Sparacino – who rushed 200 yards in 23 carries – as the Blue Demons took down host West Chester Henderson Warriors, 37-0, in an American Division Ches-Mont game.
Kennett (2-0 Ches-Mont, 2-1 overall) quickly took a 14-0 lead when Sparacino scored on 3-yard and 37-yard runs in the first period to put the Blue Demons in control. The Warriors (0-2, 0-2) didn’t make their initial first down until the last minute of the first half. Sparacino and Kennett’s offensive line set the tone early on.
“We just wanted to get out there and establish ourselves and we did that tonight,” Sparacino said. “I want to play college football and I’m looking for an offer and I like running the ball hard. And in defense we talk all the time about playing hard and taking away the will of other teams, and I think that we did tonight.
With the Demons holding a 14-0 lead after just one period, it was up to West Chester Henderson to answer.
But Kennett’s defense was all over the field, and the Warriors only had 91 total yards in the game, and had just 28 total yards of offense in the first half.
The Blue Demons racked up two more points in the second period when the Warriors fell victim to a bad punt that put a safety and a 16-0 advantage over Kennett at halftime.
“I think we’ve made some progress from last week,” West Chester Henderson head coach Bob Brice said. “But we just have to improve on the fundamentals. It’s a game of thumbs and we’re not getting those thumbs now. We have a lot of guys for the first time on Friday night, but we have to clean things up.
Brice may have been talking about the 11 penalties the Warriors endured, a few of which negated the offense’s positive distance plays.
The Warriors had only four first downs for the game and would have had seven or eight had it not been for the mental errors.
Kennett came out on fire in the third period as the Demons defense forced a three and one out from the Warriors and completed a 55-yard drive, Sparacino breaking up three tackles to score on a nice 32-yard touchdown down the line left key. Kennett went and made the two-point conversion to take complete control, 24-0.
“Julian is a guy who aspires to play college football,” Kennett head coach Lance Frazier said. “And he dedicated himself over the summer to working out in the weight room and getting stronger and I think you saw that tonight. It was the second 200-yard game of the young season for him.
Kennett continued to play fantastic running defense, so the Warriors went airborne, but Warriors quarterback Aaron Nelson threw two interceptions in the fourth period.
One was brought in by Xavier McGrael and the other was cast by Aiden Zdebski.
The Blue Demons scored another 14 points in the fourth period on a 35-yard touchdown by Sparacino and the other being a shorter jaunt from quarterback Brett Kaufmann, to put the game in mercy rule late in the fourth period, on the way to an impressive 37-0 victory.
“We were very sloppy tonight and we have to clean things up in all phases of the game,” Frazier said. “And I think our defense played very well. We like to talk about 11 guys creating chaos on defense and we need to improve because we have Rustin’s big dogs coming to our house next week and we need to be ready for them.
Kennett 37, WC Henderson 0
K—Sparacino Run 3 (Barker Kick)
K—Sparacino Run 37 (Barker Kick)
K—Sparacino 32 race (Carlo race)
K – Sparacino Run 35 (Miss Kick)
K – Kauffman 4 run (Barker kick)
First attempts 15 4
Ruling yards 249 30
Passing yards 20 61
Total yards 269 91
Assists 5-8-0 7-21-2
Fumbles-lost 2-2 0-0
Punts-avg. 4-46.5 7-28.5
Penalties-yds 6-40 11-70
Rushing: Ken: Sparacino 23-200, 4 TDs; Guyer 10-50; Kauffman 5 (-3), TD; Good 1-2. Hend: Nelson 5 (-8); Willis 1-0; Murphy 1-3; Collins 5-5; Garcia 7-30.
Passing: Ken: Kauffman 5-8-20. Hend: Nelson 7/21/61.
Reception: Ken: Jung 3-3; McQueen 1-14; McGrael 1-3. Hend: Collins 2-4; Kearney 1-25; Hawkin 1-4; Garcia 3-28.
Bags: Ken: Jung. Hend: None.
Interceptions: Ken: McGrael, Zdebski. Hen: None.