Hello there everyone…a little late this week so my apologies. Rough sledding last week in Pottsville or, considering the ridiculous rainfall amounts, perhaps rough kayaking is more appropriate. The Crimson Tide were big and physical and created difficulties for the Spartans with their defensive front and linebackers. So, the Spartans are 1-1 and heading home for Saturday’s matchup with the Trinity Shamrocks.
The Spartans defense has been solid this year and continued that in Pottsville despite the three Tide TDs. The run defense has been particularly effective only yielding 73 yards this season. The Trinity Shamrocks have not shown a potent offense through the first two games this season, falling to Delone Catholic 47-7 in their opener and 19-3 last week against York Catholic.
It will be nice to see Trinity Athletic Director Gary Bricker who is a 1983 Wyomissing Area grad. That makes him about seventy years old.
When was the last time no football team in Berks was undefeated after just two weeks? There are only four county teams who have scored more than they’ve given up: the Spartans, Berks Catholic, Conrad Weiser, and Boyertown.
Ya gotta feel for the Reading Red Knights who have been steamrolled by York 63-16 and then Harrisburg 74-16. The Knights are surrendering an average of 543 yards. That’s a rough start for a first-year coach. Hang in there, Red Knights.
Hall of Fame
The WFA will be welcoming four new members to the Hall of Fame prior to the October 6th Homecoming Game. Congratulations to Steve Brunner, Pete Orwig, Andy Taylor, and the late Phil Brumbach. Check out their bios on this site. It will be a bittersweet moment for me as Mr. Brumbach was a youth basketball coach of mine and his son Chris a friend since elementary school. A wonderful man and a great family.
Hall of Famer Andy Taylor
Congrats to Shelby Brunner and Vince Cusati who correctly identified Matt Leoni as the Spartan who blocked the game winning field goal attempt by Holy Name in 1992. Boy, could that guy play! All Berks as a guard and linebacker.
And thanks also to the cool trivia Coach Ty Smith provided regarding the javelin records and their ties to Spartan football. You can find Ty’s insight in last week’s comments section.
Century Club Teaser
How many Spartans do you think scored 100 points in their career? Think it’s easy? That’s seventeen touchdowns in a career. Hmmm?
In the coming weeks, I will share my summer’s research and introduce those who reached the “Century Club”.
Who Am I?
A shout out to Hunter Beane and Scott Ziegler (RET) who correctly identified Coach Frank Ferrandino as the spry second baseman turning a double play against Annville-Cleona.
And this week…
Who Am I?
Extra credit if you can discern who is blocking for #21.
What The Football? Picks
Trinity @ Spartans
Should I even continue to list this every week?
Spring-Ford @ Wilson
Spring-Ford stands for the school district’s primary towns Spring City and Royersford. With that in mind, I’m taking Sinking-Lawn.
Cocalico @ Governor Mifflin
‘stangs 0-3? I just don’t see it.
Exeter @ Lower Dauphin
Eagles (Exeter) vs Falcons (LD). Wait, didn’t I just watch this? I’ll go Eagles and even pick the score, 18-12
Pottsville @ Muhlenberg
Tide rolls through Temple
Reading @ McCaskey
Third (old) Central Penn League matchup for the Red Knights. Let’s hope they fare better than the last two weeks.
Elizabethtown @ Conrad Weiser
Another tester for the Scouts.
Bishop Shanahan @ Daniel Boone
Bishop John Shanahan was born in 1846. Daniel Boone was born in 1734. I’m going with Boone due solely to the experience.
Twin Valley @ Fleetwood
This could be highly entertaining. Or it could suck. Either way, I’m not going.
York County Tech @ Schuylkill Valley
York Vo-Tech is 0-2 including a convincing loss to James Buchanon which traditionally is one of the worst programs in District 3. Panthers roar.
Hamburg @ Blue Mountain
Next week’s opponents, the Eagles have not given up a point thus far. Don’t see that changing this week.
Kutztown @ Pottstown
Conversely, the Cougars have not scored a point this season. Don’t see that changing this week either.
McDonogh School (MD) @ Berks Catholic
Two tremendous Spartan football players were Pat & Ryan McDonough. I’m penalizing the Maryland school for poor spelling and taking the Saints.
2018 Nickname Project
Over the course of this season, let’s share some of the great Spartan football players’ nicknames. This will be ongoing. Add your favorite nicknames to the Comments section. Don’t be shy and let’s have some fun with this.
Oh, almost forgot, congratulations to Sara Mastrangelo and Coach Kevin Miller on their engagement!
If you are looking for some postgame Spartan fun, the girls volleyball team has a game in the new gym. JV at 2:00 and varsity to follow. The girls will appreciate the support.
Catch everyone Saturday afternoon.
I’ll be the one talking.
Make it a great day to be a Spartan!
The Voice of Spartan Football