WEST GOSHEN — When the possibility was brought up that he would be a perfect fit for Chip Kelly offense, Jon Jon Roberts only needed a few words.
"That's pretty awesome, actually,' Roberts said with a huge smile on his face. "(Coach Dan Ellis) has the best offense I've ever played in. It's wide open. I love it.'
Roberts continued his superb season with another huge night under center. The sophomore completed 24 of 31 passes for 254 yards and two touchdowns as the Vikings defeated Sun Valley, 38-7, in a nonleague game at Harold I. Zimmerman Stadium on Friday night.
Roberts was in the groove from the first play on, easily connecting on shovel passes and bubble screens that wore down the Vanguards defense in a first half which the Vikings scored 35 points. The sophomore had just one goal in mind from the moment he arrived on the field.
"This was a big game as we had a chance to clinch our first winning season since 2006,' said Roberts, whose Vikings play Chichester next Friday night in their regular season finale. "It was senior night and I wanted to send these seniors off right. This group has really started to turn this program around.'
Ellis wanted his team to get off to a fast start and the Vikings responded to his message. West Chester East scored on three of its first four possessions to take a 21-0 lead after a quarter of play.
"We wanted to dictate the pace of play early and it was very effective,' Ellis said. "It fit into our style of play and with limited numbers on the other side; it benefitted us playing that up tempo style.'
Dan Genthert scored the Vikings' first two touchdowns of 1 and 7 yards. The senior had a night to remember in his final game on the home turf, finishing with 132 total yards (53 rushing, 79 receiving).
Genthert had 125 of those yards in the first half and took advantage of some holes in the Sun Valley defense.
"I saw the defense huffing and puffing which created huge holes of running room,' Genthert said. "Knew Jon Jon was going to make the right decision, get me the ball, so I could run through the seams and pick them away.'
With the mercy rule in effect, the Vanguards needed to salvage some pride in the second half. Ryan Riddle was the answer.
Riddle burst through the defense for a 72-yard score midway through the fourth quarter. Alexa Evans hit the extra point to make it 38-7.
Riddle led Sun Valley with 70 yards rushing on the night. Kijana Gordon had nine carries for 49 yards before leaving the game with an ankle injury in the second quarter.
Injuries have taken toll on the undermanned Vanguards (2-8), but head coach Jim Grugan saw some positives to build upon with his team heading into the Thanksgiving matchup with Chichester to close the season.
"Going forward, we're in good shape and guys are starting to get healthy,' Grugan said. "We keep playing hard and our JV guys are getting experience, so we're getting better in that regard.'