Walkoff Field Goal Gives the Spartans a Big Win

The last second is always the longest.  Or so it felt on Saturday for the Spartans.  The game against Abington Heights came down to a last second, walk-off 37 yard field goal by Junior Jake Gurtis.  The kick went through the uprights and sent the Spartans sideline into celebration mode.  In a matchup of 5A rivals, the winner was going to control their own destiny.  And thanks to Jake, the Spartans control theirs, as it relates to playoffs.

While it came down to the last second, the Spartans were in control for most of the game.  After allowing an opening drive touchdown, the Spartan defense limited the Comets to just 3 more points in the first half.  The offense contributed 14 points to give the Spartans a 14-10 lead going into halftime.  But the lead would not have been that large if not for a spectacular special teams effort by Senior Chris Melovitz and the rest of the Spartans field goal block unit.  On the last play of the first half, Melovitz came untouched off the left side of the offensive line to block the Abington Heights 38 yard field goal attempt to maintain the 4 point lead for the Spartans.  The Spartans then used two Gurtis field goals in the second half to extend their lead to 20-10. 

Abington Heights battled back to tie the score at 20 all with about 7 minutes left in the game.  After the teams traded unsuccessful drives, the Spartans got good field position after an Abington Heights punt went out of bounds at their own 41 yard line.  After a few plays to move the ball closer to the end zone, the Spartans sent Gurtis to kick the field goal.  And the rest is history.

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Spartan #TBT - Wyoming Valley West v Abington Heights

For this week's Spartan #TBT, we are throwing it back to September 2011.  On September 12th, the Spartans faced off against Abington Heights in the regular season for the last time, until this weekend. 

The circumstances around this game are quite historic as well.  Due to the threat of flooding from Tropical Storm Lee and the evacuations for most of the school district, the game was postponed from Friday night to Monday evening, which gave us a taste of Monday Night Football. 

The game was billed to be a close match-up between 2 heavyweights.  It turned out to be a blowout in favor of the Spartans.  In the plays highlighted in the video, QB Eugene Lewis breaks a few tackles on his way to a long run, DE Chris Coleman intercepts a pass from the Abington Quarterback, and QB Eugene Lewis runs the option to perfection with his RB Tashawn Bunch who would end up in the end zone.  The Spartans would go on to win this game by a score of 51-0.

We hope to see you on Saturday up at the Pit in Abington to watch the regular season revival of this matchup.

Spartan #TBT - Wyoming Valley West v Abington Heights (Video)

Spartans Continue to Build, Defeat the Buckhorns

On a cool, dreary evening, the Spartans continued to grow, learn, and mature as they defeated Wallenpaupack 31-6.  The Spartans defense continued to build on their strong showing against Dallas, this time allowing only 6 points which came on two field goals.  The offense started the game strong, scoring 17 points in the first quarter. 

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Spartans Rebound in a Big Way, Shutout the Mountaineers

The Spartans returned to the win column on Friday Night, and did so in style, by defeating the Dallas Mountaineers 29-0.  It marks the first shutout for the Spartans since they posted back to back shutouts last year.  

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Spartan #TBT - Aaron Austin v Dallas

In this week's edition, we look at a big play from last season again, this time it is Aaron Austin against Dallas.  In the play, Aaron drops back to throw the ball, but see an opening to run it when his receivers are covered downfield.  
Join us tomorrow to see if the Spartans can get back on track against the Mountaineers at 7:00 pm at Mountaineer Stadium.

Spartan #TBT - Aaron Austin v Dallas (Video)

Spartans Lose Another Game, Drop to .500 on the Season

After returning home from two straight road games, the Spartans tried to get back in the win column.  However, just like the week before, the Spartans made too many mistakes and once again beat themselves, losing to Willamsport 35-22.

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Spartan #TBT - Judge v Williamsport

In we what hope is a preview of Friday night's game, we take a look back at the 2015 matchup against Williamsport. 
With the opportunity for a perfect regular season on the line, the Spartans started slow.  But as was the case in the 2015 season, the offense hit a big play that broke the game open.  
Sean Judge took a pitch from Aaron Austin, and thanks to some shifty moves and some great blocking provided by the offensive line and the wide receivers/tight ends, Sean was able to take the ball to the house.

Come down to Spartan Stadium on Friday Night to see if the Spartans can get back on track with a win against Williamsport.

Spartan #TBT - Judge v Williamsport (Video)

Spartans Lose, Snap Regular Season Streak

All good things must come to an end.  And for the Spartans, their regular season winning streak of 15 games came to an end on Friday night.  The Spartans fell behind early to an excellent Delaware Valley squad, and unlike past weeks, they were not able to bounce back from it.  Trailing 22-0 at half, the Spartans mounted a comeback attempt in the second half but were haunted by turnovers and untimely penalties.  This marks the first regular season loss for the Spartans since Week 7 of the 2014 season, 15 regular season games ago.

The Spartans return home next week to face off against the Williamsport Millionaires on Friday September 16, 2016 at 7 o'clock.  

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Spartan #TBT - Wall v Delaware Valley

Most of our Spartan #TBTs have featured the skill positions.  But this week, its time to give some love to the big men on the inside.  During the game against Delaware Valley on September 11, 2015, DT Jason Wall correctly reads the play action fake and sees the running back set up for a screen pass.  Wall catches the pass, and in his words, "tried to put the moves on them," when he fell to the ground after a very short return.  The interception put Wall in a tie for the team lead in turnovers for the time being. 

Make sure to catch the Spartans game against Delaware Valley at Delaware Valley on Friday September 9, 2016 at Delaware Valley.  If you can't make the trip to the PA-NY state border, listen to the broadcast of the game on NPFSports Network with play by play man Rick Staron.  You can find the listing of the game by clicking here.

Spartan #TBT - Wall v Delaware Valley (Video)

Spartans Overcome Difficult Start, Score 33 Unanswered Points

In a game that was televised across the state on PCN, the Wyoming Valley West Spartans didn't show up until the majority of the first half was over.  The Spartans offense got off to a slow start, with a safety on their first drive, and no real momentum until Sean Judge broke once of his signature long runs off of a screen pass from Aaron Austin.  The Spartans were kept in the game thanks in part to some turnovers caused by the defense, including one in their own endzone.   Then, after making a few halftime adjustments, the Spartans started rolling and never looked back, scoring 26 points in the 2nd half to beat Hazleton by a score of 33-15.

Here are the professional articles:
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Be sure to catch a replay of the game on PCN or WYLN.

One major milestone was accomplished this week.  With his 65 yard TD in the second quarter, senior Sean Judge now has 50 total TDs for his career.

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Spartan #TBT - Judge v Hazleton

As the Spartans prepare to face off against Hazleton tomorrow, we take a look back at the matchup from last season.  In this play, Hazleton has a 3rd down backed up in its own zone.  Their quarterback throws the ball to a receiver who drops the ball.  As quickly as he dropped the ball, CB Sean Judge was there to meet him, and ensure he wasn't going to catch the ball, with one of the biggest hits of the 2015 season.

To see if Sean and his teammates can repeat their play this year, head up to Hazleton on Friday, with kickoff scheduled for 7 o'clock.

Spartan #TBT - Judge v Hazleton (Video)

Spartans Open the Season in Exciting Fashion

In a game that came down to wire, the Spartans opened the 2016 high school football season with a victory over the Scranton Knights by a score of 48-41.  The game featured turnovers, penalties, long scoring drives, penalties, explosive plays, penalties, special teams plays, and penalties. Did I mention that the game featured penalties?  With the elimination of the second scrimmage, that was used to clean up many of the things listed above, the game was very choppy.  

In the end the Spartans, thanks to big performances by multiple players, were fortunate to come out ahead on the scoreboard and continue their regular season win streak.  This victory makes it 14 consecutive regular season victories for the Spartans.  

Just as we did last year, we will list all available media about the game: 
Times Leader 
Citizens Voice
WNEP
WBRE

Before we get to the stats from Week 1, there are a few accomplishments we want to recognize.  Sr. RB Sean Judge broke the 2,000 rushing yard mark on his third carry of the game.  Sean is also 1 touchdown shy of 50 career touchdowns.

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Spartan #TBT -- Bleich & Rukstalis v Scranton

The 2016 season is nearly upon us.  With only 1 day until the Spartans kickoff the season, we take a look back at the 2015 matchup against Scranton.  In the highlighted play, Jr. Tackle Chris Bleich can be seen moving the defender off the line and through the back of the end zone, with assistance from Sr. TE Brydon Rukstalis.

The Spartans open the season on Friday August 26 at Spartan Stadium against Scranton.

Spartan #TBT -- Bleich & Rukstalis v Scranton (Video)

Team Store Now Open

The WVW Gridiron Club has partnered with Mozip Sign Co. to offer our fans a chance to order Wyoming Valley West Football merchandise online this year.  To access the team store, click here.  The team store is open online until September 10th.  The Gridiron Club will still be selling merchandise before home games at the shed located next to the Gridiron Club food stand under the home bleachers near the scoreboard.  The Gridiron Club is asking that you purchase the clothing online and not wait to buy clothing at the games.

The Spartans get the season kicked off at Spartan Stadium on Friday August 26th @ 7:00 pm against the Scranton Knights..
If you have any questions or comments please email us at wvwfootball1@gmail.com or by clicking here.

Spartan #TBT - Aaron Austin vs Bethlehem Liberty

With 8 days left until the Spartans take the field for the 2016 season, we take a look back at the last win of the 2015 season.  

In the second quarter of their matchup with the Bethlehem Liberty Hurricanes, QB Aaron Austin picked off the Bethlehem Liberty quarterback.  The amazing part of this play was that Aaron had rarely played any defense in the entire season leading up to this game.  With the types of offenses schools played last season and the depth the Spartans had, Aaron was not needed to play defense all too often.  When he was forced to play, Aaron produced.  In the three games he played defense (all playoff games against great competition), he had six tackles and two interceptions.

Make sure to keep checking back this week as we prepare for the upcoming season!

Spartan #TBT - Aaron Austin vs Bethlehem Liberty (Video)

Two Spartans Named to Pre-Season All-State Football Team, More Recognized Locally

Scout Penn Preps, a subsite of scout.com, has released their PA Pre-Season All State team.  Wyoming Valley West is happy to announce that two Spartans have been named to that team.  

Senior RB/CB Sean Judge has been named to the 2nd All-State team as an Athlete.  
Junior OT Chris Bleich has been named to the 1st All-State team.

Also, NPFSports.com has been doing a 5 to watch series, which has been naming 5 high school football players that fans should be paying attention to this season.  Many Spartans have been included on these lists:
Sr. Aaron Austin, QB
Sr. Sean Judge, RB
Sr. Jake Shemo, WR
Jr. Chris Bleich, OL
Jr. Zach Davies, LB
Jr. Jake Gurtis, K

We are very proud of all of returning and new players.  They have put in many hard hours this spring and summer to improve for the upcoming season.  The Spartans open the 2016 season on Friday August 26 at 7:00 pm against the Scranton Knights.

Warm-Up Song Recommendations

Thanks to the website, we are able to try out some new things for gamedays and beyond.  One of the first things we thought about trying was crowdsourcing our pregame music playlist.  To recommend a song to us, simply click on the link to fill out the form below and click submit.  Just because you submit a song to us does not mean it will be chosen.  These are simply suggestions that we will use to help form our pregame playlist.  If you have any questions or concerns, email us at wvwfootball1@gmail.com.

 Use this link to fill out the form.

Austin on the John Mendola Show

Recently, Senior QB Aaron Austin was a guest on the John Mendola Radio Show.  They talk about a number of things from the returning starters, a newcomer who could be a difference maker, and a look ahead at the schedule.  The video is attached. 

 

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