Last Saturday, Delaware Valley played its final game of this storied football season. This was their third state playoff game, after having defeating Hazleton and Altoona.
Central York took the four-hour ride to Milford to match up with Delaware Valley.
DV wanted very much to win this game and show their skills to the entire state. But the final score was not in their favor. It was Central York 49, DV 27.
Don’t let the score fool you. This was a well-played and tough-fought game. The first quarter was a sea saw battle with no score. In the second quarter DV scored first and things were looking very good. Then the scoring went back and forth until the final quarter when Central York took over.
It probably was inevitable. The Central York players are very big, fast, strong, and unusually athletic.
After Central York took a commanding lead, DV looked defeated and demoralized. On the sidelines, they appeared dejected. But there is no quit in these kids. In the very next set of downs, they pounded away and scored a touchdown, closing the gap and giving the fans some hope.
It turned out to be the last gasp. It was all CY from that point on.
DV did not lose this game. They were defeated by an extraordinary team that clicked on all cylinders. It was just one of those days when everything fell into place for a very talented team.
Delaware Valley had another outstanding season, which is typical for them, and they have every reason to be proud. They stood tall and fought hard with all they had to give. They left nothing on the field.
I know there are many unsung players, linemen, blockers, and special team players that usually go unnoticed, so here is a shout-out to all of them for playing a great game.
The players with outstanding games included Aiden Oliver, Jason Henderson, and Preston Machado. To any I am unable to mention by name, please know that you played a great game too.
So here is to another outstanding season of DV football, well-coached and consistently great throughout. They had two straight state playoff victories before running into a roadblock against an extraordinary team that had an extraordinary day.
Thanks for all of these great memories.
Editor’s note: This story has been updated to correct an error in a photo caption inadvertently made during editing.