Ok, here we go Spartan fans. Saturday afternoon at 1 pm. Middletown. District 3 Championship. How much more do I need to say?
As I pointed out the week prior to the Backyard Brawl, this game will have special meaning to so many. You decide what it means and on what level. Just know there are numerous Spartan fans who share your passion and sentiment.
Annville-Cleona – 5 Takeaways
Nine possessions, nine touchdowns. 573 total yards. 508 yards on the ground with 56 carries. Jordan Auman was 4-5 passing. Blocking at the point of attack as well as downfield was tremendous. (The hole on Jason Gartner’s touchdown run on the inside reverse was big enough to stage about fourteen portable light stanchions.) No turnovers. It was all but flawless. The 62 points are the most a Spartan team has posted in a playoff game.
The 28 points surrendered are somewhat misleading, really. The focus coming in was to stop the Dutchmen’s potent veer. Remember, this is a team that featured a 1600 yard back in Trevor Porche. That’s a kid averaging in excess of 145 yards a game. Saturday, the Dutchmen had 103 rushing yards total and many of those were after the Spartan starters were resting. Ok, sure, A-C was successful with several trick plays. That they had to resort to those plays is a testament to being taken out of their offense. To the Dutchmen’s credit, those plays were spot on in their execution. But I am confident that is the only time I will witness a halfback go 3 for 3 passing for 152 yards and a 636 quarterback rating. Oh, and the punter threw the best pass of the day for A-C.