BV Area-CV: definitely not deja vu
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When Belle Vernon Area Athletic Director Jesse Cramer set up a scrimmage with Central Valley prior to the start of the season, he was hoping to better prepare the Leps for the 2012 season.
“I'm good friends with (Central Valley coach Mark Lyons) and I knew it would be a good scrimmage for us because they are a good football team,” Cramer said.
He probably had no idea he was also preparing BVA for its first round playoff foe.
But that's what ended up happening as BVA (4-5) travels to Central Valley (7-2) for a WPIAL Class AAA first round playoff game Friday.
How much either coaching staff can take out of that summer scrimmage is another thing. That's because both teams will have a decidedly different look about them than they had back in August.
The Leps, for instance, will be without quarterback Travis Snyder, who has missed the second half of the season due to a knee injury.
The Warriors, meanwhile, will have a vastly different look on offense.
Robert Foster, one of the premier wide receivers in the country, won't be on the field after getting ejected from CV's final regular season game, a 36-35 loss to Class AA Beaver Falls. Foster has caught 38 passes for 681 yards and rushed for 277 yards while scoring 17 touchdowns.
Warriors quarterback Nathan Climo (59-100, 985 yards, 9 TDs) and running back Jordan Whitehead (889 yards, 12 TDs) are expected to miss the game after sustaining injuries last week.
BVA coach Aaron Krepps says the scrimmage really doesn't help either team.
“It makes us a little more familiar, but personnel on both teams have changed,” Krepps said. “I've been concentrating more on the tapes I have of them than the scrimmage.”
With all its weapons intact, CV would probably be looking at the Leps as little more than a tune-up for a deep run into the playoffs.
However, without their three top offensive players, the Warriors are not the team that was expected to be one of the top contenders for the WPIAL title.
That makes Friday's game a little more interesting.
Plus, Krepps is pleased with what his team has shown in recent weeks and in previous playoff ventures.
“I definitely think we are playing better the latter portion of the season,” he said. “We have been in the playoffs every year I've been here and although we haven't won, we have played teams very tough.
“Our kids are excited to play. And why shouldn't they be? This is what you work for. I expect our players to have a big effort Friday.”
Like I said, this one could be interesting.
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