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Well, here we are.

The final week of an undefeated regular season and a trip to Berks Catholic. The Section 2 championship is on the line. And a wealth of bragging rights.
The media coverage both traditional, like print and radio, and more extemporaneous like social will provide features, insights, and perspectives. It should be, and is, fun.

And here’s my take: it’s your perspective that matters. The significance of this game can be measured best by your passion and pride. This is what high school sports, and football particularly, is all about. Revel in it. Be passionate. Be loud and proud. Be positive and, most of all, be a sportsman. No cursing. No malicious comments. No bringing up past glory. Take the high road, folks.

35 Years? Seriously, 35 Years?
Since the Spartans clinched the 1984 I-C Championship

That’s Spartan halfback Chris Raab carrying the ball and guard Brent Auge delivering a great block. You may know Brent from his stellar work on the visitor’s sideline as part of our “often imitated, never duplicated All American Chain Gang”. Sadly, Brent thought his fifteen minutes of fame would not involve sporting a neon t-shirt and holding a stick.

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8-0, Senior Day, the Backyard Brawl and playoffs ahead…why, it must be a Spartan October.

We have much to cover today. I’ll start with thoughts on the WFA HOF, recognize our most recent veteran with a lot of Spartan championship hardware, provide the latest district playoff update, introduce the Century Club, talk oldster/youngster, enrapture you with more girls volleyball stuff, and toss out a tough Spartan trivia question. So pay attention.

Hall of Fame
Homecoming 2019 was another success as was the WFA’s 2019 Hall of Fame Induction. To refresh memories, former Spartan players Mike Mitchell, Pat Tierney, and Andrew Althouse joined Youth Football President Scott Jones and former West Reading Cowboy standout Ron Cardinal as this year’s inductees. I took a few moments last weekend to reflect on the HOF inductees. And when searching for the most common thread, I settled upon this uncompromising trait each possesses in abundance: passion.

For life, for competition, for their school, their family, their friends, their team.


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Gotta make it a quick one tonight, kids. It’s Friday night, I have WEEU streaming, thirty or so tenth graders in my backyard, a sensory-overloaded dog, and I need a beer.

Last Friday
The Spartans continued to roll, this time with a 45-6 win at Hamburg. Pretty typical Spartan effort for this season: 300 yards on the ground, good special teams, and a stifling defense. The only real concern I see with this team is their affection for penalties. Seven against the Hawks, six previously in Fleetwood, twelve at home against West York, six with North Schuylkill, and nine in the Twin Valley season opener. Only the Pottsville (four) and Blue Mountain (two) games were more reasonable. For a team executing so well in, really, every aspect of the game, the penalty thing is baffling. I’m sure this will tighten up as the regular season draws to a close.

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