Phil’s Blog: Game 12 – Middletown

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.

We’ll see, right?

Spartan Trivia – Last Week
Congrats to John Bower and Scott Ziegler (RET) for identifying Coach Wolfrum’s first “Lance” guard as WREC Principal and Assistant Coach Dr. Corbett Babb. To be fair, Corbett shared this realization during a post-300th victory gathering. I simply, uh, borrowed it. (I was once told plagiarism isn’t stealing, it’s research.)

Who Am I?
Congrats to Jen Auman who recognized that handsome young man as Bob Wolfrum in a picture from his high school playing days.

Who Are We?

And since this has been fun, how about…
Spartan Trivia – This Week
Coach Wolfrum’s 100th victory was 42-8 over Twin Valley in 1998. Where was the game played?

Memory Lane…
What were you doing twenty years ago?
These youngsters were winning the Youth Football League Midget Championship. Incidentally, in 2003, the core of this midget team would finish with an undefeated regular season and an 11-1 record. Oh, and those four guys standing in the back are just top notch – Ed, Dave, Dale, and Joe.
Hoyer, Causa, Eisenhower and Lord are not a bad Mount Rushmore of legendary Spartan family names.
Miss you Dale.

Memory Lane’s Foul-Mouthed Uncle…
As I mentioned, the Spartan record for interceptions in a game is six. That was set in a 1980 defeat of Central Catholic who featured a record setting quarterback in Kerry Wrobel. He set an ignominious record that October afternoon. The Spartans starting defense consisted of: Chris McKeone and Tom Fey, DEs; Steve Capozello and Dave Cardy, DTs; Pat Nally, NG; Dan Mastrolia, MLB; Dan Schmidt and Mike Shanaman, OLBs; Greg Lamey and Jeff Lewis, CBs; and Matt Bennis, S. Capozello, Cardy, and Lamey are WFA Hall of Famers.

Believe it or not, kids, I announced that game. I am going off memory, but I believe the Spartans who had the six INTs were Lamey with two, Shanaman, Schmidt, Lewis, and Mastrolia. And, no, I do not remember what I had for breakfast this morning.

Spartans vs Central Catholic on the six-interception afternoon.
(L-R) Chris McKeone (81), Mike Shanman (30), Pat Nally (50), David Cardy (73 – partially hidden), Steve Capozello (65), and Danny Mastrolia (66 – helmet and left arm).

Memory Lane’s Grandfather Who Yells at You To Get Off His Lawn…
Did anyone know Wolfie played basketball?
Tennent, third name down.
No truth to the rumor he was covering Schuler from Lower Moreland.

That’s it for this week.

Hope to see everyone at Middletown Friday night.

Make it a great day to be a Spartan!

Phil Schadler
The Voice of Spartan Football

28th Season

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