Talk about rough starts.
On the opening kickoff of last season, Central Bucks West’s Don McCauley suffered a torn right anterior cruciate. “I was making a block and my knee popped out,” he said.
After undergoing surgery and months of physical therapy, the senior outside linebacker said he’s “in the best shape of my life. I feel I’m faster than ever.”
A rejuvenated McCauley sandwiched a fumble recovery between two interceptions in the second half as the host Bucks smothered Quakertown, 20-0, Friday night in a nonleague contest at War Memorial Field.
“He’s been waiting a year for this kind of opportunity,” C.B. West senior running back Ryan Moylan said. “He worked so hard to get to where he’s at right now. I’m so happy for him.”
McCauley picked off a pass early in the third quarter. A fourth-quarter fumble recovery was soon followed by a one-handed interception near the home sideline.
“We had a good overall defensive effort,” said the 6-foot-1, 220-pounder, who doubles as a wide receiver. “We were prepared for everything they tried to do against us.”
C.B. West (3-0) christened its new turf field by holding the Panthers to minus-27 yards rushing on 18 attempts and 56 passing.
Said Moylan: “We accomplished what we set out to do. We wanted to protect the turf and win in our house.”
Moylan, whose father Shawn (class of 1989) and uncle Greg (1992) were standouts quarterbacks at C.B. West, carried 21 times for 79 yards.
The Bucks netted 173 rushing yards on 49 attempts. In the second quarter, they put together a 15-play, 77-yard scoring drive that was capped by QB Joshua Crecca’s 2-yard keeper.
After Quakertown (2-1) fumbled away the ensuing kickoff, fullback Ryan Hieber’s 6-yard touchdown burst up the middle and Clarke Bittner’s extra-point boot made it 14-0 with 22 seconds remaining until the break.
In the third quarter, following McCauley’s first pick, Rohan McDonald gained a step on several defenders and hauled in a 34-yard TD pass from Crecca.
For C.B. West, which equaled last season’s 3-0 nonleague start, Moylan and Hieber (10 carries or 34 yards) were supported in the backfield by Jake Reichwein (nine for 43).
McCauley was aided on defense by Reichwein, a linebacker, and linemen Michael Taylor (two sacks), Luke Benson, Sam Bartle, Jake Newman, Spencer Piligian, and Nicolas Paczewski.
Quakertown 0 0 0 0-0
Central Bucks West 0 14 6 0-20
CBW: Joshua Crecca 2 run (Clarke Bittner kick)
CBW: Ryan Hieber 5 run (Bittner kick)
CBW: Rohan McDonald 34 pass from Crecca (kick failed)