Quakers score in each quarter, win in shutout against the Wolverines
The Wolverines had a tough go the past two weeks on both sides of the ball, being outscored 75-7. Unfortunately, the struggles continued in week 9 where they faced a potential playoff hosting team in that of Quaker Valley. Led by QB Ricky Guss, the Quakers proved too much for the Wolverines to tame as Quaker Valley shut out Ellwood City 28-0.
The Quakers were able to score each quarter, but no more than 8 points in each quarter. This kept the game close even past halftime; however, the stats were all in favor of Quaker Valley. The first score of the game came at the 5:47 mark where Isaiah McNair was able to beat the Wolverine defender to catch a 25 yard touchdown pass from Ricky Guss. The PAT attempt was good by Quinn Hill as the score read 7-0 after one quarter.
The second quarter involved a battle of field position, as both teams were not able to finish drives. The only score came by the Quakers at 4:08 as Jordan Taylor rushed up the middle for a 9 yard touchdown to make the score 13-0. The PAT by Hill was missed short left as the score remained 13-0.
The Quakers did have one more chance to score right before halftime as a quick turnover by the Wolverines gave the Quakers a short field. Even though the Wolverines defense had given up more than 200 yards before half, they kept the score 13-0 as the Wolverines held Ricky Guss short of the goal line on fourth down to keep the game close.
The second half was more of the same - Quaker Valley doubled their yardage total as well as their score before the ending whistle. The third quarter score was by Ricky Guss who took the shotgun snap and ran in from 4 yards out making the score 19-0. The 2 point conversion pass by Guss to Ethan Moore was good as the game headed to the fourth quarter reading 21-0 in favor of the Quakers.
The final score of the game came late in the fourth quarter as Jordan Taylor took a decent punt by Rick Pitrelli and was able to run across the field from side to side, weaving through the blockers to run into the endzone for the 55 yard punt return for touchdown. The PAT kick by Ethan Moore was good as the final score read 28-0 Quaker Valley.
Although the score was only a difference of 4 touchdowns, the Quakers dominated all phases of the game and the game felt more one-sided than the score showed. The Wolverines defense played well during the game to keep the scoring minimal and was also able to cover Quaker's skill players fairly well, forcing 2 interceptions thrown by Guss and one fumble. The flip side though was that the Wolverines offense could not move the ball, being held to under 100 yards on offense for the third straight week.
Ellwood City finishes the season 2-7 (1-6). Quaker Valley finishes 9-1 (6-1) and will most likely be the highest 2 seed which will include hosting a playoff game in the first round.
Stat leaders for the Wolverines were as follows:
- Passing: Ryan Gibbons - 6/19 0 TDs 3 INTs 39 Yards
- Rushing: Rick Pitrelli - 13 Carries for 25 Yards
- Receiving: Rick Pitrelli - 3 Receptions for 20 Yards
- Defense: Andrew O'Brien - 8 Total Tackles 1 TFL 2 Passes Broken Up 1 INT
You can check out game stats @ Quaker Valley as well as season stats on our stats page!
News and Notes:
- FIRST DOWNS: 22 to 8 - Quaker Valley proved they could move the ball as the Quakers had 16 first downs alone in the first half.
- TOTAL YARDS: 445 to 64 - Quaker Valley was very efficient with a balanced offense as they had 245 yards rushing and 200 yards passing.
- 3RD DOWN: 2 of 14 - Ellwood City finished 2 of 14 on third down, bringing the final total on the season to 17 of 102 (14% conversion rate).
- TURNOVERS: 3 - Both teams had 3 turnovers, with the Quakers turnovers early in the game, and the Wolverines having 3 INTs in the second half.
- Up next for the Wolverines is the off-season - the Wolverines showed improvement in the win column as they improved from a 0-9 season to 2-7. Improvements came via the passing game as well as a stingy, bend-don't-break defense. Improvements will have to come from the running game and establishing drives on the offensive side.
- This is year 2 of the new 6A class development for the WPIAL and is the year for "new re-alignment" as numbers will be coming in February and schedules / sections will be approved later in April/May.
- Playoffs start next week for WPIALs - we will have coverage of all playoffs on our Blog page as well as a season in review for the Wolverines on our W-Zone page.