Two Decades After Downingtown High School Split, Their Football Teams Continue to Make Community Proud 

Downingtown East vs West game
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Two decades after Downingtown School District decided to split its high school into Downingtown East and Downingtown West, their football teams continue to make the community proud, writes Nate Heckenberger for PA Prep Live

While the schools’ teams may have never reached the heights of the powerhouse that was the combined team, the split offered more opportunities for athletes to see the field. 

The results are still astonishing. Downingtown not been represented only three times in the district playoffs in the last 20 years. These include the first two years and COVID-shortened 2020. 

Meanwhile, both East and West qualified for the playoffs in nine of the 19 previous seasons. 

The Cougars have showcased a more consistent success, as they are currently headed to their 16th postseason in 20 years. East has gone 15-15 in the playoffs and has an overall record of 162-63-1. 

Meanwhile, the Whippets have recorded a few more dips, but the team has also reached a higher ceiling. Its overall record is 141-75-1 and the team managed to defeat Coatesville for the District 1-6A title in 2019. 

Read more about the schools in PA Prep Live

Watch the 2022 East vs. West game below.

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