KENNETT SQUARE — Brett Rose redefined the definition of an all-purpose back Friday night. All he needed to do was get a hold of the football.
Rose had eight carries for 128 yards, four catches for 49 yards, and converted four PATs in leading Kennett to a 48-27 win over Sun Valley in a Ches-Mont American Division showdown.
"Brett was very impressive tonight,' Kennett head coach Scott Green said. "Every game he just keeps getting better and better. He's a more determined player, and it's a pleasure to see.'
Rose's first two carries of the night had the Kennett crowd on their feet in their homecoming game. On the Blue Demons; second possession, the senior scored from 25 yards out to give Kennett an early 13-0 lead.
After the Vanguards tied it early in the second, Rose responded with a 55-yard sprint to the end zone to give Kennett a 20-13 lead which it would not relinquish.
Rose had two carries for 80 yards and two touchdowns in the first 14 minutes.
"I knew I had great blocking on the edge on those runs,' Rose said. "Everybody was doing their job on the plays and I was just seeing the holes and hitting them hard.'
Kijana Gordon did his best to outduel Rose under the Friday night lights. Gordon led Sun Valley with three touchdown runs, none more impressive than the 43-yard scamper in the third quarter.
Down 26-13 and facing a third-and-4, Gordon took a sweep to the left side. The edge was sealed and he was facing a two-yard loss, but Gordon did his best Marshall Faulk impersonation by reversing field and using two blockers to gallop into the end zone to keep the Vanguards in the game.
Gordon ended his night with 17 carries for 93 yards.
Sun Valley was plagued by dropped passes in the first half. Two of T.J. Mancini's passes went in and out of the hands of Mike Villano and Kenny McDonald that would have been sure touchdowns and possibly could have changed the outcome.
Instead the Vanguards faced a deficit they just couldn't recover from.
Down 34-27 with 4:22 to play, Sun Valley had the opportunity to tie with an 80-yard drive, but failed to gain positive yardage.
The end result was a Jordan Jones interception on a fourth-and-18 playl that would end Sun Valley's chances of winning it. Jones made sure Kennett would win this game with a 25-yard touchdown run on the next play.
Jones rushed for 61 yards and had two touchdowns, one passing and one rushing.
Mancini finished 14-for-29 for a game-high 159 yards. He also had three interceptions.
Kennett scored a season-high for points in the win, but Rose believes his team can score this amount week in and week out.
"Honestly yes,' Rose said. "If we perform similar to the day we performed today, we are completely capable of it.'