Valley View came in with a goal and were determined to reach that goal from the very beginning of the game, eventually beating Waverly 34-0.
The Spartans came off with some big plays in the first quarter. Six minutes into the first quarter, Valley View lit up the scoreboard, following it with a second touchdown in the first quarter when Collin Genslinger ran the ball 60 yards to goal followed by a pack of Tigers and scored with only seconds remaining in the first.
The Waverly Tigers have brought a tough game all season, but their most talented players couldn’t break through a team of Spartans and couldn’t stop the Genslinger led domination.
The Tigers held harder in the second quarter but still couldn’t stop Genslinger from breaking through with 20 seconds in the second, ending the first half Valley View 27, Waverly 0.
The Tigers started the second quarter with a significant gap to close, but the Spartans weren’t going to let that happen. Genslinger would take his touchdowns yard but yard if necessary, but he wasn’t being stopped. A running clock started with five minutes remaining in the third quarter and a score of 34-0. The Tiger packed stands started to empty and frustrated fans said they just couldn’t watch the brutal loss any longer.
With Tigers disappointment and frustrated a loss fumble ended in a brawl as a fight ensued between a Tiger and Spartan. Both teams started to rush the field as the announcer warned everyone to stay off the field. The fist fight ended with a personal foul for both teams and a player being ejected from each. It was a very physical game from on out with the Spartans getting a 15 yard penalty for excessive roughness and less than two minutes remaining in the game.
Still, the Waverly Tigers had an awesome season with a lot to be proud of. There’s no shame in losing in the playoffs against a powerful competitor.
Tiger Coach Chris Crabtree confirmed that this is the first time Waverly has been to the playoffs since 2007, almost 10 years. He stressed how happy his team is just to have made it into postseason games.
“They have a great football program up there in Germantown, Valley View. Unfortunately, they were the better team,” Crabtree stated after the game. “I’m just proud of all we’ve accomplished. Hats off to our seniors, who came out and gave it all they had all season. They have nothing to hang their heads about.”
Among those seniors is Drew Harris; however, next season The Tigers will hang on to some great players including Drew Kritzwiser.
Though the night brought a bitter loss for the Tigers, Waverly fans are celebrating a season unlike any they’ve seen in years.
Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1924.
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