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Written by: on Friday, October 17th, 2008. Follow Frank Kastreva on Twitter.


Valley West mauls Billport 49-14

By Frank Kastreva,

KINGSTON- Spartans Stadium in Kingston saw its final game of the season Friday night as the Wyoming Valley West Spartans played host to the Williamsport Millionaires under an October sky filled with a harvest moon.

It was the Spartan’s final home game of the 2008 campaign, but after reeling off their fourth consecutive win with the 49-14 drubbing of Billport, the NE regional playoffs are becoming much a reality in Spartan land.

Valley west moved to 5-3 with the win and if they can record wins at Wyoming Area in week nine and W-B Coughlin in week ten, a playoff bid will become certain.

Of course, those two games will be tough challenges, but after being written off by just about everybody except the Spartan faithful, the “Maroon and Gold” are in the thick of the playoff race.

Williamsport would take the early 7-0 lead in this one after the Spartans muffed a punt that was recovered by the Millionaires. A few plays later Sr. QB Michael Person found Sr. WR Sha’had Harris on a 35 yard reception to the gold zone. Jr. K Jordan Fredo nailed the PAT with the score Billport 7 Valley West 0.

The Spartans would reel of the next 42 points sending the game in to the mercy rule starting the second half.

Scoring for Valley West was Sr. Jack Crossin with two TD’s on the ground and a TD reception to Sr. WR Ali Muhammad. Jr. DB Connor Haggerty returned a interception 42 yards to paydirt. Sr. Dave “Rino” Ryncavage added two TD’s via the rushing game and Fr. QB Eugene Lewis capped the scoring on the night for the Spartans on a one yard keeper in the fourth quarter.

With the win the Valley West moves to 5-3 and will travel to Wyoming Area this coming Friday night to try and tackle the Warriors.

After the game I had a chance to get a word with coach Curry, interested in finding out if he follows the playoff points race via the internet.

“I really don’t know how to turn on a computer. I’m 67 and really don’t care much about that stuff. I do things the old way, if I need that kind of info I will get it from Zlotek,” chuckled Coach Curry.

For those of you that don’t know, Matt Zlotek is one of the assistant coaches on the Spartans staff and apparently a bit more computer literate then coach Curry.

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