WVC teams fall short
FLASHBACK TO 1986
The playoff matchups were set.
In the Class A semifinals, Coughlin hosted Williamsport and Valley View welcomed Mount Carmel. In the Class B semifinals, GAR traveled to Marian Catholic and Carbondale visited Central Columbia.
The Crusaders were playing a familiar foe in the Millionaires. The teams met in Week 5 and Williamsport earned a 14-9 win.
“We played Williamsport awfully tough earlier in the season,” Coughlin coach John Joseph said. “Our defensive unit was just spectacular. We had a 9-0 lead before we lost out in the final quarter.”
The biggest challenge for Coughlin was slowing down Williamsport running back Gary Brown, who had more than 1,500 yards rushing and 32 touchdowns.
“He’s unbelievable,” Joseph said of Brown. “I’d say he’s similar to the Rocket (Raghib Ismail of Meyers) but 40
pounds heavier. There’s no question about it. We have to stop Gary Brown.”
In a Class B semifinal, GAR had a stop on its mind. Marian Catholic entered the contest 10-0 and riding a 22-game winning streak.
“We’re impressed with Marian Catholic,” GAR coach Charlie Fick said. “They are very basic, but what they do they do it well.”
Unfortunately, it wouldn’t be the WVC’s year in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Brown led William sport to a 34-15 win over Coughlin, while Marian cruised to a 22-8win.
With 11 minutes to play Coughlin led 9-7 and held Brownin check. He had 16 carries for 85 yards at that point.
The Crusaders were stopped on fourth down and from there William sport took over, starting with Brown’s 40-yard run to highlight a drive. Greg Walker’s 18-yard touchdown catch gave Williamsport the lead it never gave up.
Then, Brown added touchdown runs of 45 yards, 1 yard and 23 yards as William sport scored 27 points in six minutes, 14 seconds.
Brown finished with 27 carries for 226 yards and three touchdowns.
Marian had touchdown runs of 91, 31 and 77 yards and kicker Gene Marchioni had a 22-yard field goal in the win over GAR.
Dave Maharty’s 1-yard run accounted for GAR’s lone score.