One-dimensional WC Henderson runs out of options in Springfield

Posted on November 19, 2016 in Newspaper.

(Nate Heckenberger – For Digital First Media)

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By Nate Heckenberger

Dipping into its desperation bag of tricks in the fourth quarter, West Chester Henderson ran a flea flicker off a reverse, and fittingly, it was intercepted.

If the No. 5 Warriors were going to come into Springfield and knock off the top-seeded Cougars, they were going to do it the way they have all year, and frankly, always done it.

Breaking away from the typical downhill running attack, whether it be by trick play or a more aerial philosophy, was not in Henderson’s game plan, and Friday, the Warriors’ season ended with a thud of continually running into a brick wall, otherwise known as the Springfield (Delco) defense.

The Cougars (12-1) held Henderson (9-4) to 71 total yards on offense, shutting down the Warriors’ one path to victory, the running game. Springfield won, 21-0, in the District 1 Class 5A semifinals, while Henderson heads to the offseason.

“(Springfield) was able to shut us down playing pretty much straight defense,” Henderson coach Steve Mitten said. “You have to give them even more credit. They didn’t have to do what teams normally have to do, and they were able to play pretty basic defense.”

(Webmaster’s note – This W.C. Henderson vs Springfield game was our playoff game broadcast this week. Click on this link: Springfield Playoff Game to listen to the full game)

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