Phil’s Blog: Game 11 – Littlestown
So, here we are.
The Backyard Brawl is in the rear view mirror and the District 3 playoffs are upon us. Last week, the Spartans battled a very good Berks Catholic squad in the Brawl. BC was big and fast and will be a handful for whoever they play the rest of the season.
Anyway, on to Littlestown. This is the team from last year’s semifinals won by the Spartans at Albright. The Thunderbolts finished 7-3 with league losses to AA Delone Catholic and York Catholic as well as AAA Bermudian Springs. This surprised me a bit. Not because I have such a deep knowledge of York-Adams Section 3 football but the team I saw last year had some good returning players. I remember calling LB Dylan Morey and DT Logan Dickensheets names a lot defensively and thought QB Jakob Lane was athletic. I do not think they are an easy out but I think the Spartans are better than last season.
District 3 AAA Playoffs and a Dead(?) Cat
Top seeded Lancaster Catholic and number two seed Middletown earned first round byes and will host the semifinals. For the life of me, I do not understand the very involved formula. I kidded myself into believing I had a handle on it and then LC beat winless 2A Pequea Valley while Middletown defeated a one loss 5A Palmyra team yet only narrowed the margin by .002. It became my D3 playoff paradox and I spent more time trying to figure it out than contemplating whether Schroedinger’s cat was alive or dead.
Thank you, Dr. Michael Feightner
Saturday, we honored US Navy Lieutenant Commander Dr. Michael Feightner.
Mike is a Penn State graduate who, following his medical training at Hershey, traveled with his family to their first active duty station, the United States Naval Hospital in Guam. After 2 years overseas, Mike and his family returned to the continental US, where he was stationed at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego. While in San Diego, Dr. Feightner was deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan on a nine month tour. He was a part of an Embedded Training Team, working daily at the Afghan National Hospital advising and mentoring Afghans as they attempted to rebuild the medical system of their country.
In 2010, following his service in the Navy, Dr. Feightner and his family moved to Wyomissing where is a physician with the Reading Hospital.
Michael asked to specifically thank his wife, Kristin, for her own service and sacrifice during the time he was in the military. From Mike to Kristin, “We moved halfway across the world, and you didn’t miss a beat. During the nine months I was deployed, you kept our home running and our family together, and did it with flying colors. I am forever grateful, and I couldn’t have done it without you.”
The Feightners are wife Kristin, son Paul (WAHS ’16), son Drew (BC ’19), and Jack (WAHS ’21). Michael was joined on the field by Drew and Jack, who opposed each other in this year’s version of the Backyard Brawl, Kristin, and Mike’s parents Paul and Patricia Feightner who were in from Illinois for the game.
On behalf of the Spartan Football Family, very humbly, thank you Dr. Michael Feightner for you service to our country!
(L-R): son Jack Feightner (50), parents Paul and Patricia Feightner, veteran honoree Dr. Michael Feightner, wife Kristin, son Drew (68)
Who Am I?
So I stumped everyone last week.
Okay, out of the supreme goodness of my very dark heart, I will give you a second chance at identifying #16… Hunter Beane is ineligible this week since I told him the answer last week. Scott Ziegler (RET) is also ineligible this week because I have not busted his balls for a while.
“Who Am I”?
We have not done this for several weeks, so here goes:
Wing T fans will recognize the “Lance” guard as an important piece of the offense. Who was the Lance guard of Head Coach Wolfrum’s first Spartan team?
What The Football? Picks – District 3 Playoffs
There are only three A teams – Halifax (9-1), Fairfield (2-7), and Millersburg (0-10) – and the sole game (championship), I think, is being played behind a Sheetz somewhere.
I’ll pick Halifax mostly because I’d be an idiot not to.
York Catholic is undefeated while Delone Catholic and Upper Dauphin are 9-1. I started to check their schedules for common opponents and dozed off.
I will pick York Catholic.
Middletown is a decided favorite. Ready for this hedge? I think the winner of Middletown’s semifinal game wins the district championship.
Bishop McDevitt is seeded first and Berks Catholic second. That game will be Friday, November 23rd. All the other games are just window dressing. To win, I believe BC needs to be more disciplined respectful to the personal foul penalties. McDevitt is too good to give them that type of extra yardage. That said, I will pick the Saints.
Undefeated Manheim Central is the top seed and 8-2 Cocalico is second. MC won their regular season meeting at the end of September by 18 points.
I think this is also a fairly easy choice.
Top seeded Harrisburg has not lost since dropping their opener to Coatesville. Manheim Township is the second seed and their lone loss was to Wilson. The Bulldogs are the fourth seed and would play Harrisburg next week provided both survive the quarterfinals.
Provided no one in the greater Harrisburg area transfers between now and mid-November, I will take Harrisburg based on more quality wins.
Best Spartan Nickname
And the moment you’ve all been waiting for…
(no, not my resignation)
The winner of the “Papa Dick” Hoffmaster Best Spartan Nickname Award is…
Matt “Cement Head” Hartman!!!
Matt eked out a one vote victory over Steve “Manu” O’Neil. Should Cement Head be unable to perform his duties, like mowing my lawn and picking up my dry cleaning, Manu will very ably step in.
Tyler “The Tank” Rank and Charlie “Littles” Smart tied for third but a sizeable way behind Matt and Steve. Jason “Slim” Brunner was fifth.
Thanks to Scott Tonneslan for facilitating the survey and tallying votes and, especially, to all who provided nicknames and voted the past five weeks. I hope everyone had fun with this.
I will talk at ya Saturday either from the “A” Field, Shirk Stadium, or behind a Sheetz.
Make it a great day to be a Spartan!
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