WESTTOWN — Old-school football. Running the ball and playing tough-nosed defense.
West Chester Rustin dominated in both regards as they hammered the Oxford Hornets 49-13 in a Ches-Mont League showdown Friday night at Rustin Stadium.
The West Chester Rustin Golden Knights would nearly double the number of total yards as their opponent. Oxford was only able to come away with 171 yards of total offense, whereas the Golden Knights were able to finish the night with 334.
Of those 334 total yards, 326 of those yards came on the ground in what was a running back by committee type game for West Chester Rustin.
“The O-line was great, especially in the third quarter I felt like I could drive a car through that line,” said West Chester Rustin running back Nick Madonna. “They made it easy for myself and my teammates to use our speed and get big plays and first downs.”
Madonna would finish the evening with 40 yards on eight carries and one touchdown.
His teammate, Michael Covert, ended up with a breakout game as he was able to pick up 130 yards on 17 carries while also adding two touchdowns, with 93 of those yards coming in the third quarter.
“Luckily enough we got a bunch of really talented (running) backs this season and they can really do a lot of great things when they have the football,” said West Chester Rustin head coach Mike St. Clair. “Our O-line also does a tremendous job at making them look good and creating the holes for them as well.”
As if the offense wasn’t enough to handle for Oxford, the defense for West Chester Rustin was an even bigger nightmare for the Hornets. The Golden Knight’s defense was able to force four interceptions and even returned one of them for 23-yard touchdown as Pat Quinn did so in the fourth quarter.
“The defense played absolutely amazing tonight, they played assignment football,” said St. Clair. “We tried to take away what they do best which is the RPO’s and the screen game and our D did an absolute phenomenal job with that tonight.”
The scoring opened with a five-yard run by Covert on the Golden Knights opening drive. Oxford would answer back on their first offensive possession with a touchdown of their own after quarterback Brett Kochmansky would pound it in on a fourth and one play at the one-yard line.
After the failed two-point conversion following the Kochmansky touchdown, West Chester Rustin would go back to the well that was Covert as he scampered in for a 15-yard touchdown. That touchdown would be the beginning of 42-7 run that the Golden Knights would use to see them defend their home turf in a rather dominate fashion.
“We had one of the best weeks of practices for the entire year getting ready for this game and for some reason it just didn’t click and translate to the field today.” said Oxford head coach Michael Means.
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