QB Maddocks guides Shanahan to 31-7 win
By Randy Kind, PA PREP LIVE
Maddocks was responsible for three of the four Bishop Shanahan touchdowns and did so with his legs as well as his arm. The first touchdown of the game for the Eagles came off a two-yard quarterback sneak by Maddocks. On the next possession Maddocks showed off his arm as he lofted a pass to the front corner of the endzone where Vincent Riccardo went up and hauled it in for a 33-yard score.
“Our receivers are amazing,” said Maddocks. “If the defense is playing man, then they can burn right past them. All I have to do is find ways to get it to them.”
West Chester Henderson got on the board with a two-yard punch in from Mason Baldwin following an interception that was returned all the way to the Eagles two-yard line by Nick Woodward.
Henderson quarterback Pat Esemplare played well for the Warriors (10-for-15 passing), but the Eagle defense did not allow a single second half point.
“Our main goal was to stop the running game and limit the quarterback from getting outside,” said Bishop Shanahan head coach Paul Meyers. “He is a great athlete and likes to roll-out, so we practiced all week on widening our defensive ends to try and contain him. Luckily, it worked for us tonight.”
“[Esemplare] is our best athlete on the team, so we wanted to be able to use him in the run game, get him going and hoping that it would push the pass game forward,” said West Chester Henderson coach Stefan Adams. “There were a few good things he showed tonight.”
Bishop Shanahan’s lead was extended before the half with a 12-yard run touchdown run up the middle by Maddocks. Maddocks finished the evening 4-for-6 for 50 yards and one touchdown while also contributing two rushing touchdowns.
Late in the third quarter,n Esemplare found Brenden Boykin wide open for 36 yards catch and run only to fumble the ball at the one-yard line.
“The guys fought hard all night, and we left it all out there but it just wasn’t enough,” said Henderson running back Nick Vitucci.
Midway through the fourth quarter, Shanahan’s Jon Loftus barreled his way to a 61-yard touchdown.
“We played well tonight, especially the defense, but we are going to have to step it up an extra notch next week against West Chester East,” said Meyers.