WVC teams fall short


Gameface - - LFC PLAYOFF REPORT - By Jim Reeser Sports Ed­i­tor jreeser@cit­i­zensvoice.com 570-821-2065, @CVjim­reeser

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.

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