Shanahan overpower D-East, 41-14

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By Chris Sheehan, Correspondent, The Times

Bishop Shanahan’s Dan Dibeneditto races for the endzone as a pair of Downingtown West defenders close in.

DOWNINGTOWN — This past Friday night, Bishop Shanahan extend its record to 3-2 as they defeat Downingtown West in a whopping 41-14 victory at their home turf, Jack Mancini Field.

With Jack Mancini’s family in attendance, the Eagles played a great game offensively as they held the ball most of the game. With Andrew Smyth now starting at quarterback, who previously played wide receiver, Shanahan way able to produce 41 points by the time the final horn buzzed.

With former quarterback Danny Dibenneditto now playing wide receiver, the duo hooked up for several catches that gave Shanahan great field position. For instance, the first drive of the game when Smyth connected to Dibenneditto for a big play down the field that set them up for what would be their first touchdown scored by Smyth. Smyth would run the ball from the quarterback position another 11 times throughout the game.

Shanahan’s Tom Waite holds on to a TD pass, Friday night.

Dibenneditto also scored another miraculous touchdown on a one handed catch in which he would dive for the pylon to just barely put points up on the board. He would score another two touchdowns for the hatrick. Also with big games from the Shanahan bench was wide receiver Tom Waite who scored two touchdowns on big fade routes to the back on the end zone and running back / linebacker Liam Dearing who played tough on both sides of the ball.

Downingtown West scored 14 points due to their big quarterback Will Howard who used his legs twice to point the two touchdowns up on the board for the Whippets. Also, Jackson Luneburg also had a good night for the Whippets with a few big kick returns that set up Downingtown in good field position against the Eagles.

Downingtown West has a conference game against West Chester East this Friday night at Zimmerman Stadium in West Chester and Bishop Shanahan has a non-conference game against Oxford this Friday night back at home at 7 p.m.

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