Photos by Mike Longo Jr.
Spartans Andrew Alston picks up a first down against Central Valley.
By Mike Longo Jr.
It was "Hometown Heroes" Night at Montour as brave men and women of the military were honored for their service throughout the entire evening.
On the football side of things, oh what a difference a week can make, just ask the Montour Spartans football team.
Last Friday, Oct. 1, they totally dominated and dismantled one time powerhouse New Castle, 51-0.
Unfortunately this Friday, Oct.7, they had the daunting task of hosting the best team in Class 4A Section 1, the Central Valley Warriors and ran straight into the proverbial buzzsaw in their 43-0 loss.
Many in the know football gurus may even classify the Warriors as the best team in the conference as they seem poised and ready to repeat as WPIAL and PIAA Champions.
At this point in the season, it appears that the only team that can beat Central Valley, are the Warriors themselves, so to speak.
Montour found that out early and often as the Spartans could never seem to mount any type of scoring threat. Passes missed their mark, running plays stymied and the outcome of the contest was never in question.
The Spartans yielded 10 first quarter points and the floodgates opened in the second stanza as Montour allowed touchdowns and trailed the contest at intermission 31-0. The game was out of reach for the Spartans as they failed to crack the Warriors tenacious defense. Try as they might, they never gained any type of momentum.
The second half would see Montour give up only 12 points, six in each quarter.
Defensively Montour had no answers for stopping Central Valley Quarterback Antwon Johnson or Mr. Everything, Running back Brett Fitzsimmons.
Then again, neither has any other opponent the Warriors have faced as they remain unbeaten in Week 6.
Johnson finished the contest 9 of 15 in the passing department, good for 114 yards and two touchdowns.
Fitzsimmons, unstoppable once again, cracked the Spartans defense to the tune of 181 yards rushing on 18 carries with two touchdowns. It has been a rollercoaster ride for Montour, as they head into Week 7 of the year. They certainly have their work cut out for them if they have any chance of reaching the postseason.