Phil’s Blog: Game 9 – Schuylkill Valley
Last Week & This Week
Reluctantly, I am reporting on last week’s 71-0 win at Kutztown. The Spartans set school records for most points scored in a game (previous was 70) and margin of victory (previous was 68-0 over Fleetwood in 2006). Individually, sophomore Jordan Auman tied a team record with three interceptions in a game. That equals the mark Nolan McCready set in the 2001 District III Playoff win over Elco. Otherwise, it is difficult to provide commentary on a victory over a program in such disarray. You wonder if continuing football at Kutztown is a good idea? The Cougars are winless and have been outscored 409-12 this season. In Section 2 league play, the Spartans, Saints, and Panthers have combined for a 176-0 margin. You just gotta feel for those kids and their parents.
Next week, the Spartans travel to Leesport to play Schuylkill Valley. A win Friday night will be number 300 for Coach Wolfrum. That puts him in an elite category of coaches to achieve the number. It will be a testament to the program. More on that next week.
District Playoff Update
Again, six teams make the playoffs with the top two receiving a bye. Seeds three and four will host the quarterfinals.
- Lancaster Catholic 8-0
- Middletown 7-1
- Wyomissing Area 7-1
- Littlestown 6-2
- Annville Cleona 5-3
- Bermudian Springs 5-3
- Schuylkill Valley 4-4
Littlestown and Annville Cleona swapped places due to the AC loss to Donegal. Interestingly, I figured the more difficult game for AC would be this week versus Elco (7-1 4A). Not only did Donegal win, but it was convincing (35-14). Lancaster Catholic is at Donegal this week so it shapes up as perhaps a more difficult task for LC than I anticipated. Hmmm…
Middletown should roll this week against East Pennsboro. Schuylkill Valley needs a win over the Spartans to secure a spot. Finally, Littlestown and Bermudian Springs face each other this weekend. It should be an interesting Game/Week 9 in D3 AAA.
Who Am I?
Hunter Beane once again showing the alacrity of youth with a consecutive week win. Both he and Kristin Feightner identified Coach Steve O’Neil. The grainy photo was from Manu’s senior season when he was a first team All-County offensive and defensive lineman.
Week Three Nicknames:
** This week’s nicknames voting is closed **
What The Football? Picks
Spartans @ Schuylkill Valley
“300” starring Gerard Butler as Wolfie and Lena Heady as Sheri Wolfrum coming to theaters near you?
Conrad Weiser @ Muhlenberg
A Scout win sets up a showdown of league unbeatens next week in Shillington, if…
Governor Mifflin @ Exeter
…the ‘stangs get by the Eagles.
Daniel Boone @ Twin Valley
With Exeter looming, Boone needs this to secure at least a .500 season. TV, also 4-4, travels to 2-6 Hershey next week.
Reading @ Great Valley
Can the 1-7 Red Knight steal a win over the 2-6 Patriots?
Berks Catholic @ Fleetwood
Try not to get hurt, Tigers
Kutztown @ Hamburg
A Hawk win brings them to 4-5 overall and a Frost Bowl chance to finish .500
Cedar Crest @ Wilson
A loss to 4-4 Cedar Crest would likely knock the 5-3 Bulldogs from district playoffs. Anyone see that happening?
It is with a truly heavy heart that I convey the passing of Michael “Mickey” Restrepo. Mickey was a 1977 graduate of Wyomissing Area High School where he was a three-sport athlete excelling at football and basketball. He was an attorney with his law practice located in Wyomissing. Mick lost his several year battle with a form of ALS Monday morning. He is survived by his wife Sharon, a 1980 Wyomissing Area grad, three daughters and a granddaughter.
During the last few weeks of his life, Mickey spent time with lifelong friends who visited him in his Exeter Township living room. In addition to family, his closest friends traveled from across the country to say their goodbyes to a wonderful man. I speak for many in extending a heartfelt thank you to his best friend of over fifty years, Bob Wertz, for facilitating the visits. I’ve been friends with Mick since the mid-1980s and describe him as engaging, bright, athletic, competitive, a sportsman, and exceedingly good hearted. We lost a great one.
This classic photo is Mickey from his early 20s during a cross country trek with Bob. This is the indomitable spirit I will remember. Until we meet again, friend.
Hope to see many former players Friday night in Leesport as Coach Wolfrum seeks win number 300.
Make it a great day to be a Spartan.
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