BVA duo share Player of the Week honors
It's not uncommon for an offensive player to come up with a huge football game when his team needs it most.
And there was no question Belle Vernon Area needed to win Friday's Big Nine Conference game at Trinity. A four-game losing streak would have all but eliminated the Leps from playoff consideration.
However, there wasn't just one player who stepped up his game in BVA's 26-17 victory. A pair of sophomores, quarterback Travis Snyder and running back Anthony Levis, shared the spotlight in the win.
Snyder completed 10 of 16 passes for 170 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for a score.
Levis, meanwhile, rushed for a season-high 245 yards on 36 carries as he accounted for virtually the Leps' entire ground game.
For their efforts, Snyder and Levis are co-winners of this week's Valley Independent Player of the Week honors.
“They both played very well for us,” said BVA coach Aaron Krepps. “Anthony carried the ball a ton because that's how the game played out and Travis came through with some clutch throws for us. He really made some plays that kept some drives alive when we needed them.”
Krepps noted that both players saw some varsity action as freshmen, but alluded that it is still good for the future of the program that two young players can play key roles.
“Both have the ability to make big plays for us and the fact that they are both sophomores is just huge,” Krepps said. “I'm sure they will just get better.”
Those garnering honorable mention include:
• Ringgold's Joey Wall, who scored three touchdowns on three different ways in the Rams' 34-6 win over Albert Gallatin. Wall scored on a 16-yard fumble return, caught a 36-yard TD pass and ran 51 yards for another score, all in the first quarter.
• Ringgold quarterback Nico Law, who completed four of seven passes for 106 yards and a TD and also ran 48 yards for a score.
• Charleroi quarterback Brendan Matthews, who completed 11 of 20 passes for 111 yards and a TD in the Cougars' 10-7 win over Waynesburg.
• Frazier quarterback Charlie Manack, who hit on 17 of 30 passes for 194 yards and also scored the winning touchdown in a 20-13 win over Avella.
• Monessen's Chavas Rawlins, who threw one TD pass and also returned a punt 69 yards for a touchdown in a 50-20 win over Serra.
• Monessen's special teams, which accounted for three Tds on a blocked punt return, punt return and kickoff return against Serra.
• Yough quarterback Tyler Donahue, who hit on 10 of 30 passes for 105 yards and two TDs in a 40-28 loss to Valley.
• California quarterback Malik Jackson, who was 12-18 for 104 yards in a 33-7 loss to Imani Christian.
• Bentworth quarterback Dante Sicchitano, who completed 14 of 34 passes for 128 yards and a TD in a 38-22 loss to Mapletown.
Jeff Oliver is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2666 or firstname.lastname@example.org.