What did I miss?

By on September 18, 2013

Todd Ruth

Ephrata Review Sports Editor

For the first time in 26 years, or at least as far back as I remember, I spent a September Friday night away from the sidelines.

Must say it was strange not being there to watch and record all of the action, especially with Warwick in town and Cocalico facing what looked to be a difficult test in Shillington, but when the opportunity arose to go watch my daughter, a freshman at St. Francis University, play her first college field hockey road game at Cornell, it was a no-brainer.

Can’t say I didn’t check my phone once or twice for football updates, but it was truly a great experience to see her out on the field, competing at the Division One level. Surreal, if you want to know the truth. Not that long ago we were marching off to Fulton Elementary and U-6 soccer games, now she’s out there playing at one of the highest levels.

It was really neat, and I was really proud.

Anyway, on the ride back, my phone was blowing up with texts and tweets from friends looking to fill me in on what was going down in Ephrata and at Governor Mifflin. Unfortunately, I was at the wheel and my phone was in my pocket, so I had no idea what was happening until we rolled back into Ephrata late into the night.

When we finally pulled into the driveway, the first thing I did was check the phone, and couldn’t believe what I saw.

Warwick 49, Ephrata 14.

Oh my. My heart just sank as I thought about all of the promise and hope Ephrata had less than a month ago. That was before seniors Blake Weaver and Jeremy Kachel, two of the players the Mounts were counting on most, were lost for the season with shoulder injuries. To make matters worse, I learned that another key senior Bobby Nye missed Friday’s game as well.

That is three very key two-way starters, senior leaders, gone. No team could withstand that type of blow, so it was easy to see how they got to 49-14 and 0-3 on the year.

I know injuries cannot be an excuse, but this is getting downright ridiculous. I feel for this group of decorated coaches, and more importantly, the players who are still out there fighting and laying it on the line on Friday nights.

Those guys deserve so much credit, and will be better young men for the adversity they faced and eventually will conquer. Here’s hoping they get to taste the thrill of a victory or two before the end of the season.

After letting that news sink in, I scrolled down and saw this…Cocalico 59, Governor Mifflin 7.

Nice try, guys…As impressed as I’ve been with Cocalico, no way the Eagles could do that to a Mifflin team many felt would be in the mix for a AAAA District title.

Have to admit I checked channel 11 and watched Football Friday to confirm what was spitting out on my phone.

Wow!

What this tells me is this Cocalico team is really good. Duh! No, I mean, this could turn out to be one of Dave Gingrich’s best during his time in the Nest.

The thing I like most about this senior-laden team is one, it plays a very physical brand of football, and two, it doesn’t make many mistakes. That’s obviously a great combination.

I know there is a little work to do until then but October 4 when Manheim Central invades Denver has the makings of an all-timer.

The two best teams in Section Two (and possibly the L-L League) will meet on the field to presumably decide the section title. It doesn’t get any better than that.

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