Rustin controls clock, ticks away Academy Park’s playoff stay

Posted on November 11, 2018 in Newspaper.

Rustin QB Will Pileggi looks for running room in a game in September. Pileggi led the Golden Knights to a 42-6 win over Academy Park in the District 1 Class 5A quarterfinal Saturday night. (DFM File)

By Matt Smith

Will Pileggi couldn’t help but flash a wide smile Saturday night. The West Chester Rustin quarterback completed 10 of 11 attempts for 124 yards and three touchdowns in a 42-6 trouncing of fourth-seeded Academy Park in a District 1 Class 5A quarterfinal at Strath Haven.

“It feels pretty good right now,” he said. “I’ve never been this far in the playoffs. We made to (the quarterfinals) last year and that was it for us.”

It’s far from over for the fifth-seeded Golden Knights, who get a rematch with No. 1 Penn Wood in next week’s semifinals. Rustin (9-2) handed Penn Wood (11-1) its only defeat of 2018 back in September.

To say that Rustin dominated AP (9-3) would be an understatement. On the opening drive of regulation, Rustin chewed up 6:22 of clock with a methodical 12-play drive capped off by Michael Covert’s first of four touchdowns.

“We practiced really well this week and came out prepared,” Covert said. “All of the coaches got us ready. We went through all of their schemes with our offense and it showed off tonight.”

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