"It's not the will to win, but the will to prepare to win that
WARRIORS LOSE OPENER TO WVW 42-7
WYOMING VALLEY WEST
FRIDAY - August 29, 2014, 7PM
(no Internet Broadcast)
You can't change the laws of physics. Wyomng Valley West was bigger, stronger, and faster than the Warriors as they cruised to a 42-7 victory at Spartan Stadium. The Spartans dominated every aspect of the game as they built a 35-0 lead in the first half. A Keith Pugh TD in the second half was the only score for Wyoming Area. Lots of players starting their first game for Wyoming Area. The young Warriors will have to grow up fast, as a tough Scranton Prep team visits "The Jake" next Friday night.
KINGSTON — Brady Davison took over for a pretty established quarterback heading into the 2014 Wyoming Valley West season. In for the recently graduated Mike Baur, Davison threw for 173 yards and four touchdowns in the first half to lead the Spartans to a 42-7 win over Wyoming Area in the opener of the 2014 season Friday night. The Spartans scored on all five of their possessions, while limited the Warriors to just 62 yards and four first downs in the opening half. “It was nice not being on edge,” Wyoming Valley West coach Paul Keating said. “There are still a lot of things to work on. But I’m proud of the guys. We did what we needed to do here. We can’t be satisfied and we need to continue to grow as a team.” Davison found a streaking JerMichael Bunch for 13 yards to open the scoring early in the first half. Following a Wyoming Area punt, and a 21-yard run from Eric Acosta, Davison hit tight end L.J. Wesneski for 39 yards. That set up Michael Baird’s 8-yard score. “For the most part I thought (Davison) was accurate,” Keating said. “I thought he was very poised. It was everything I expected from Brady tonight.” The Valley West signal caller continued his impressive half with three touchdown passes in the second quarter. First, he found Sean Judge for 22 yards on the opening play of the quarter. Then, Weidman caught a 4-yard strike to make it 28-0. With 31 seconds left in the first half, Judge broke free in the middle and Davison threw a strike for a 35-0 halftime lead. “I think (Brady) did relatively well,” Keating said. “He made a couple of busts here and there. For the most part I thought he was accurate and I thought he was very poised.” Judge added a 51-yard touchdown run midway through the third quarter.
Wyoming Area’s offensive attack was led by senior Ryan Gorki under center. He was efficient throughout the night, but didn’t have a whole lot of time to sit in the pocket and look for his receivers. He completed eight passes on 12 attempts on the evening. The Warriors finished with 206 total yards, and were haunted by several turnovers. “That’s an outstanding quad-A football team,” Spencer said of Valley West. “We new it was going to be that type of game. We have some young kids and we gained some great experience tonight.” Three turnovers, however, led to 21 Spartan points. “We need that to go the other way for us to be in the game” Spencer said. “We learned that tonight from playing a high-caliber opponent.” The Warriors’ power back Jeff Skursy didn’t see a lot of action carrying the football in the first half. In fact, he had one catch for a yard, and no carries. Coach Randy Spencer said that was the game plan coming in and they wanted to try and move him around to fullback and tight end. Skursky did get the ball on the first three plays of the second half. He rushed for 28 yards on those three and finished the game with nine carries for 54 yards. The Warriors got on the board in the fourth quarter when Keith Pugh punched into the end zone from two yards out.
KINGSTON — It was a big night for Valley West senior Brady Davison on Friday, making his debut as full-time starting quarterback in front of a raucous opening-night crowd at Spartan Stadium.
He didn’t hog the spotlight for himself.
Davison was 11 for 14 for 174 yards and four touchdowns as the Spartans drilled Wyoming Area 42-7, but he was just one of several skill players who made significant impacts in the game.
Sean Judge had 101 yards of offense, scoring two touchdowns through the air and one on a 51-yard run. JerMichael Bunch and Devon Weidman had touchdown catches. Eric Acosta had a game-high 87 rushing yards on 10 carries. Michael Baird ran for a score.
LJ Wesneski had three catches for 50 yards and forced two fumbles and recovered another on defense. Ian Ultsh made all six of his extra points and gave the Spartans good field position with four touchbacks. The list goes on and on.
“I think we’re as deep at the skill positions as we’ve been,” Valley West coach Pat Keating said. “It’s not just that we have one or two guys. I think we have a lot of guys that can make plays. I feel very comfortable putting the ball in any of their hands.”
Keating said he saw some sloppiness the Spartans could clean up moving forward, but for the most part, they have plenty of confidence heading into a high-profile matchup with Delaware Valley next week.
“It gives us great momentum to get on with the season,” Davison said. “It’s great to come out here and get a W with my boys.”
For Wyoming Area, it was a rude welcome back to big-school football. The Warriors moved up to Class AAA from Class AA for this season.
“You’re playing a playoff-type team and possibly one of the better teams if not the best team in our district. They’re going to potentially do very well in Quad As in the states,” coach Randy Spencer said. “Coming in as a small triple, in our first year back at this level, we knew the level of competition. Kids played hard. We made our share of mistakes. This is Game 1. It isn’t Game 10. We’re looking to grow and improve.”
Valley West scored touchdowns all five times it touched the ball in the first half, taking a 35-0 lead into halftime.
The first drive ended with a 13-yard touchdown strike from Davison to Bunch. Judge had two touchdown receptions in the second quarter, the second of which was an 18-yarder set up by a sack, fumble and Wesneski recovery in Wyoming Area territory. Judge’s 51-yard touchdown run came in the third quarter to make it 42-0.
“We try to implement everybody in the game on offense, running-wise, passing-wise,” Davison said. “I tried to get it out to as many receivers as possible because we have a wide variety of them, and Acosta and Judge at running back, they’re just deadly weapons.”
Wyoming Area, which had 41 yards of offense in the first half, moved the ball better in the second half. Bruising running back Jeff Skursky didn’t have a carry in the first half, playing tight end and fullback instead. He ran nine times for 56 yards in the second half.
“We know what he can do from that position,” Spencer said. “It’s just a matter of being able to do that for four quarters and having him available later. He’s a big part of our game plan on both sides of the ball. It’s tough to carry the ball 40 times and come downhill at linebacker for 48 minutes.”
The graduating classes of 1989 from both PA and WA will be joining forces to host a first of its kind even. The inaugural "RIVALRY RUN" will be a charity run/walk event to benefit the Jaime Baker Memorial Scholaship Fund and the Warrior Pride Scholarship Fund. This unique event will be an opportunity for both sides, "rivals", to come together to support current and future alumni with much needed scholaship funds. VIEW FLYER FOR MORE INFO - REGISTRATION
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WARRIORS HOME GAMES TO BE BROADCAST ON INTERNET
All Wyoming Area Football home games will be broadcast on this web site for the 2014 season. As in the past three years, both video and audio will be broadcast over the "Livestream" system. Just click on the "Livestream Broadcast" link above and you should be able to hear and see the action. Many Warrior fans who can't make it to the game tune in. In particular, relatives, older fans and alumni who are out of town, constitute a big part of the audience. In additon, many of the younger football alumni who are off at college like to tune in. The Livestream system has a chat mechanism that allows fans to comment on the action. In addition, the broadcast can be viewed anytime after the game--a favorite activity of players on Friday nights after the game.
Negotiations with Joe Buck and Troy Aikmen broke down, so the announcers will once again be Nick Perugini and Sean Carroll again. Their contract has one clause. Mrs. Mudlock--mother of WA Trainer Laura Mudlock--must provide the announcers with sugar cookies for at least one game during the season. Cookie donations from others will be accepted--however, there is no telling what Sean will say when he is on a sugar high. We're fortunate that the FCC does not regulate Internet broadcasts. Sean plans to keep everyone updated with the latest Jai-alai scores--and our engineering support team in the truck will be ready--once we find a support team and a truck.
PRINTABLE FOOTBALL SCHEDULES (Updated 8/14)
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