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.

News Coverage:
Times Leader
WNEP
Citizens Voice

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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:
Times Leader
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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.

Week 2 Stats:

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.

Now the stats from Week 1:

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. 

 

Spartan #TBT - Judge v Pittston Area

In this week's #TBT, we take a look back at a record breaking play by one of the key returning Spartans.  

Before we get to the video, we would like to share some exciting news about this player first.  On Wednesday August 3, we were notified that Senior RB/CB Sean Judge was selected to the Pennsylvania Pre-Season All-State High School Football Team as an Athlete by Scout Penn Preps (a subsite of scout.com).  Sean was one of 6 athletes chosen for either the first or second team all-state.  To read what they have to say about Sean, click here (unfortunately, the article is hidden behind a paywall).

Our #TBT video for this week is Sean returning an interception for 100 yards against Pittston Area.  This was Sean's second pick-6 of the game and his first of two that went for over 100 yards on the season.

Check back next week as we preview the 2016 season by looking back at the 2015 season.

Spartan #TBT - Judge v Pittston Area (Video)

Spartan #TBT - Sean Judge v Nazareth

Welcome back to Spartan #TBT.  With less than a month until the 2016 season kicks off, we are going to start taking a look back at some of the top plays from the 2015 season.  We lead off with a gigantic return by one of the top returning players.

On Friday November 13, the Spartans took the field against Nazareth in the Subregional Quarterfinals.  At halftime, the Spartans trailed by a score of 14-10.  This was the first time all season that the Spartans trailed at the half.  When Nazareth lined up to kickoff, the Spartans moved Sean Judge up to the second line, to try to trick the Blue Eagles into kicking the ball to him.  It worked, and the result was excellent for the Spartans.  Judge took the ball to the end zone, and the Spartans never looked back, winning the game by a score of 51-34.

Head down to the post below to see the video of Sean's Kickoff Return TD!
And check back next week as we look forward to 2016 by looking back at 2015 again!

Spartan #TBT - Sean Judge v Nazareth (Video)

Bleich Named to ESPN Jr 300!

Every year the ESPN national recruiting services puts out their top 300 football players that are going into their junior years.  This year, we are proud to announce that one of our own has made the list.

Jr. OT Chris Bleich has been named #162 in the national rankings.  This ranking puts him at 5th in the state of Pennsylvania.  They have Chris listed as a player for IMG Academy but Chris has returned to Pennsylvania and will be playing at WVW.  Listed as a 4 star player, Chris is the 15th Offensive Tackle in the nation and the 20th Offensive Lineman overall. 

Here is the scouting report compiled by ESPN:
"STRENGTHS: Possesses ideal height and length. Comfortable on his feet with very good balance and flashes the lateral movement to play in space. Uses long arms to consistently get inside opponents. Displays the ability to slide and mirror in pass pro.
AREAS OF IMPROVEMENT: Needs to add functional strength. Can be heavy-footed at times. Plays too high and must refine his overall technique. Does not always deliver his punch on time.
BOTTOM LINE: Bleich has the size and length everyone is looking for at the next level. Once he gets stronger and refines his technique, he should develop into a very good play at the next level."

 


We are very proud of Chris and his accomplishments to this point.  We cannot wait to get back on the field in less than one month, as we open our season against Scranton at home on August 26 at 7 o'clock.

Congrats to the Graduates of the Class of 2016!

Congrats to the Class of 2016 on your graduation!  Your class leaves as the winningest class of Wyoming Valley West Football history!!!

Judge Named to Hot 100 Class of 2017!

On Tuesday, Wyoming Valley West Running Back Sean Judge was named to a list compiled by the PSFCA.  During their most recent meeting, the Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association named the top 105 prospects for the class of 2017. This Hot List is one of the only lists in the entire country that is compiled by coaches. To see the entire list, visit psfca.mobi

Congrats to Sean!  We can't wait to see what he and his teammates do on the field in the Fall!

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