By Matthew De George
When two defenses the caliber of West Chester Henderson and Springfield collide, it can take just one play to make a game-breaking difference.
Friday night, Joe Kennedy provided about a half-dozen. In his wake, the Springfield wide receiver left the Warriors utterly and completely defeated.
Kennedy caught 10 passes for 168 yards and two touchdowns, plus he contributed to a peerless defensive performance as the top-seeded Cougars booked a spot in the District 1 Class 5A final with a 21-0 domination of Henderson.
It began with Kennedy, the offensive spark in a game where the Cougars struggled early and Henderson sputtered throughout. He found himself on the business end of touchdowns of 16 and 44 yards from Johnny Fanelli in the second half to nail shut the coffin on a lifeless Henderson team — one that failed to alter its coverage schemes to account for Kennedy.
(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)