In the state of Pennsylvania, only 6 teams end their season truly happy, celebrating a state championship. For the rest, they are left ending their season on a loss and trying to find positives in a disappointment. For the Wyoming Valley West Spartans, their season ended with a loss to Philadelphia powerhouse Archbishop Wood, so they are left to look for positives, and there were many.
In a game where many people expected the Spartans to be in a mercy rule situation by halftime, the Spartans held tough with the Vikings, trailing by a score of 14-0 for the majority of the second quarter and ultimately ended up heading into halftime 21-0. The Spartans would give up another 20 points in the second half, and enter into mercy rule timing before they put some points on the board themselves. Sr QB Rob Dwyer found the endzone on a 4th down scramble and later found Sr WR Jake Blaski on a 4th down crossing route that Blaski would take to the house. In all, the Spartans would fall by a score of 41-14 and end their season with a record of 7-7.
Even though their season did not end with a state championship, this group of Spartans has nothing to hang their heads about. From where they started, with a 1-5 record through the first 6 games, to where they ended, playing in the PIAA 5A STATE QUARTERFINALS for the first time in Wyoming Valley West history is truly astounding. These young men stuck with the program, they trusted themselves, they trusted their coaches, and most importantly they trusted each other. They left everything out on that field every single time they stepped out there.
To play for 14 weeks including 4 playoff games, to hold 5 offenses under 10 points in the later part of the season after allowing 28+ points 6 times in the first 8 games, to go into a District 11 school and dominate them on their own (grass) field, and to play in a state quarterfinal game, these young men have a lot of positives to look back on. They may not be the most talented bunch and they may not have the winningest record, but the 2017 Wyoming Valley West Spartans will be remembered. Starting 1-5, then going on a 6-1 run to guarantee that they continued the streak, and playing in the state quarterfinals for the first time in WVW history, from all of us in #SpartanNation, we say THANK YOU to the 2017 Wyoming Valley West Football team.