Unionville powers past Sun Valley, 49-34

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Unionville senior QB Tom Pancoast had another outstanding night, rushing for 200 yards, rushing for three TDs, throwing for two more and converting an interception in another score, leading the Indians to a 49-34 win over Sun Valley, Friday night. Sean Helle photo.

Pancoast’s big night helps fuel drive toward league title

ASTON — To a man, Unionville knew that Sun Valley was a better team in 2012 than it had seen in the last couple of seasons.

Indians head coach Pat Clark, no stranger to Delaware County football himself (he played and coached there before coming to Unionville nine seasons ago) when asked about the program, immediately brought up the powerhouse Vanguard teams from the middle of last decade and the school’s excellent football tradition.

Unionville’s Bard Pechin had another solid game, rushing for 120 yards and a TD, Friday night against Sun Valley. Sean Helle photo.

If the cold, blustery night Friday night proved anything, it’s this: you can’t take anyone lightly or you will pay.

Unionville escaped with a hard-fought 49-34 win over Sun Valley — meaning that it controls its fate in the ChesMont American: win out, and the Indians will be league champs. But next week’s game at Great Valley — depending on the outcomes of Patriots’ battle with Kennett — could be even tougher Friday night’s contest, as the much-improved Great Valley is 4-2.

Unionville’s Tim Christopher breaks into the open just before catching a touchdown pass from Tom Pancoast, Friday night, against Sun Valley. Sean Helle photo.

It was a big win, but it wasn’t easy. The Indians (5-2, 3-0) were down 28-21 in the third quarter before finally taking control. Senior QB Tom Pancoast had another strong game, running for 200 yards and three TD, throwing for two more, scoring passes to Tim Christopher and Patch Johnson and returning an interception for another score.

But Pancoast wasn’t alone, senior running back Brad Pechin, who seems to be finding his rhythm ran for 120 yards and a TD and a defense that stiffened when needed in the second half combined to put the game away.

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