BVA's Snyder Player of the Week
Going into the start of the season, the Belle Vernon Area football team received a crushing blow when its leading rusher from a year ago, Anthony Levis, sustained a season-ending injury.
Reason to panic?
The Leps still had junior quarterback Travis Snyder, who himself had battled various injuries his first two seasons.
Snyder was healthy against Uniontown and BVA coach Aaron Krepps was happy that he was.
Snyder made the most of his six completions in eight attempts against the Red Raiders. He passed for 142 yards and five touchdowns in a 48-20 Big Nine Conference win.
Snyder threw four TD passes in the first half — three to Cody Menges (36, 13 and 23 yards) — as the Leps took a commanding 34-0 lead.
For his efforts, Snyder is The Valley Independent's Player of the Week.
Leading 34-0 early in the third quarter, Snyder connected with Jake Sweitzer for a 31-yard strike, his fifth TD of the game and Sweitzer's second. Sweitzer also hauled in a 22-yard scoring pass.
“His stat line was very good,” Krepps said of his quarterback. “He made good reads all night and got the ball to the right people. That's what we need from our quarterback.
“He threw some nice passes and I have to say his receivers played well, too.”
Players garnering honorable mention:
• BVA's Menges, who added a fourth TD on a 75-yard kickoff return against Uniontown.
• Monessen's Clintell Gillaspie, who rushed for 180 yards on 11 carries including scoring runs of 85 and 47 yards, and threw a 13-yard TD pass to Justice Rawlins in a 40-0 romp over California.
• Monessen's Javon Brown, who rushed for 130 yards on nine carries, including an 88-yard TD jaunt. He also scored on a 51-yard pass from Noah Rullo.
• Monessen backup running back Demond Jordan, who carried three times for 91 yards, including a 31-yard TD scamper.
• Elizabeth Forward's Ryan Wardropper, who rushed for 125 yards, including a 32-yard TD run, in a 46-0 win over Trinity.
• EF's JaQuan Davidson, who ran for 101 yards and two TDs in the Warriors' rout of Trinity.
• EF's Jalen French, who rushed for 101 yards on only six carries.
• Yough's Tyler Donahue, who hit on seven of eight passes for 130 yards and three TDs in a 42-14 win over Charleroi.
• Yough's Clayton Waldron, who rushed for 120 yards and also caught five passes for 100 yards and two TDs against Charleroi.
• Ringgold kicker Connor Dudas, who kicked a 34-yard field goal and boomed a 63-yard punt from deep in his own territory in a 31-10 loss to Thomas Jefferson.
• Frazier backup running back Alvin Ross, who carried the ball three times for 11 yards and a TD in an 81-0 win over Geibel.
• Frazier quarterback Charlie Manack, who hit on just three of four passes for 55 yards, but all went for TDs against Geibel.
Jeff Oliver is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2666 or firstname.lastname@example.org.