Quaker Valley stamps it’s first ever Golden Ticket to Hershey with win over Sharon
Written by: Pat Pico on Saturday, December 2nd, 2017
West View, PA – Martorelli Stadium
There are always firsts in football, first & 10, first & goal, etc. Quaker Valley has had more than just the normal firsts this season, including a district championship just 2 weeks ago. Friday night we witnessed the Quaker Valley Quakers punch their first PIAA Championship appearance in dominant fashion, defeating Sharon 43 to 23.
Sharon did not start the game off as they hoped as a botched exchange between Voytik and his center would result in a fumble recovered by Quakers Smith Johnson at the Sharon 41. However, the Quakers would not capitalize on the opportunity as the Tigers defense forced a Quakers punt.
Sharon’s second possession would go 6 plays before Voytik’s pass would be intercepted by Oliver Funk at the 39 yard line, returning it to the Sharon 19.
Quaker Valley would however take advantage of the second turnover. On 3rd down & 7, Ricky Guss would connect with Isaiah McNair from 11 yards to put the Quakers on top 7-0 at the 6:40 mark of the 1st quarter.
Sharon would finally get their offense going. A 11 play, 76 yard drive spanning roughly 3 minutes resulting in a Aaron Nichols 31-yard field goal placing the score at 7-3 with 2:14 remaining in the 1st quarter.
Quaker Valley would then commit their first turnover of the game on the ensuing series when Ricky Guss would fumble on the Sharon 29 at the 10:54 mark of the 2ndquarter. Sharon would not be able to do anything offensively on the series as the stout Quakers defense would hold the Tigers to 8 yards on 3 plays, forcing a Tigers punt.
Ricky Guss would then put the Quakers on his back, as he would lead the Quakers on a drive of 82 yards in 6 plays and scoring himself on a 1-yard touchdown QB sneak, pushing the Quakers lead to 11 at 14-3. The drive would take 4 minutes and 20 seconds off the clock.
Sharon was not going to go quietly into the half. A drive starting at their own 35 yard line, the Tigers would lean on stud tailback Jordan Wilson. Wilson would carry the ball 8 times on the drive, totaling 42 yards. The Tigers would finally get into the endzone with 29 seconds left in the first half on a Voytik pass to CJ Parchman from 8 yards to put Sharon within a score at halftime, 14-10.
Second half would see the Quakers take over the game. The Quakers would score on their first two possessions of the second half. 9 plays, 75 yards on the first drive when Guss would score from 1 yard out. The second possession, 39 yards and a Guss pass to Jordan Taylor on a beautiful screen pass that would see Taylor have a wide open field with downhill blockers from 30 yards. This would put the Quakers up 29-10 after a 2pt conversion at the 5:36 spot of the 3rd quarter.
The Tigers would strike quickly after when Voytik would throw a pass deep down the sideline to Ziyon Strickland caught the pass over the defender and would take off 57 yards for the Tigers score. Sharon would fail on the 2pt conversion.
Quaker Valley would seal-the-deal in the 4th quarter when Ricky Guss would connect with Isaiah McNair on a slant pass from 32 yards, putting the game out of reach for the Tigers at 36-16.
A late score from the Tigers would be another deep pass from Voytik to Strickland from 74 yards. Voytik would finish the contest with 201 yards on the night, going 11 for 16 with 2 touchdowns and an interception. Tigers Jordan Wilson would finish the evening with 100 yards rushing on 18 carries.
Guss would have another excellent night in the stat column, adding to his already phenomenal season. As he would account for all 6 of the Quakers scores as he rushed for 2 and passed for 4. 203 total yards on the evening. Guss would go 14 for 24 passing. He would rush 75 yards on 18 carries.
Sharon finishes the season at 10-4 and has a District 10 Championship. The Tigers had great season that most of us, did not see coming. Jim Wildman and the Tigers will be a force next season as they return Voytik and Wilson.
The Quakers continue their seasons of “Firsts”, first a District 7 Championship, First Western Finals Championship and now, a shot at their first PIAA Championship next weekend from Hershey Park. The Quakers will play in the PIAA Class 3A Final Sat. Dec. 9th 12:00 PM at Hersheypark Stadium. Middletown vs Quaker Valley
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