District Win #31 The Spartans opened the 2018 playoff season with a convincing 27-9 win over Littlestown. This was the school’s thirty first district victory in forty-eight games. The defense intercepted the Thunderbolts five times, which was one shy of a school record, and recovered a fumble for a total of six turnovers. This type of advantageous defensive play will be key for the team to continue through the playoffs. Offensively, the Spartans one-two rushing punch of Tim Kowalski and Max Hurleman combined for 221 yards. Not to be overlooked were two field goals by sophomore Aidan Cirulli in windy conditions.
District Semifinals – Middletown So, how to beat the #2 ranked team in the state? The three points above are a good start. An advantageous defense, strong running game, and solid special teams in difficult weather conditions are essential. Quarterback Ben Terefenko needs to continue his season long accurate passing performance for the Spartans to put enough points on the board to stay with the explosive Blue Raiders.
Do the Spartans have a chance? Of course they do.
I do not believe this Middletown team is as talented as the last two who handled the Spartans. The Blue Raiders were beaten by Bishop McDevitt 40-14 early this season and gave up forty points to a 4-6 2A Steelton squad.
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.
In the contest between talent and hard work as to which is the more important element of success, there’s no comparison. A mediocre talent with lots of hard work will go farther than a stellar talent who just coasts.