Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Feeling Its Oats Quaker Valley (5-0) Shuts Down No. 2 Central Valley Varsity Xtra Game of the Week : Quaker Valley 39, Central Valley 0

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Feeling Its Oats Quaker Valley (5-0) Shuts Down No. 2 Central Valley Varsity Xtra Game of the Week : Quaker Valley 39, Central Valley 0

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Quaker Valley had been off to one of its best starts in school history, going 4-0 for only the sixth time since the school opened in Sewickley in 1956.

The terrific start got even better Friday night as the Quakers put an historical beating on Central Valley.

Senior night at Central Valley turned into a forgettable night when visiting Quaker Valley knocked off the Warriors, 39-0, in a WPIAL Class 3A Beaver Valley Conference game.

Maybe it's not that surprising that Quaker Valley won. But the final score was downright shocking. It was the worst loss for Central Valley since the school opened in 2010. The Quakers held Central Valley to 7 yards offense in the first half and standout quarterback Ricky Guss had another big game, running for for three touchdowns and throwing for one.

The impressive fashion of the win lets the Quakers stake a definitive claim to being one of the best teams in Class 3A. After all, Central Valley came in as the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's No. 2 team in 3A. Quaker Valley is 5-0 overall and 2-0 in conference. This from a team that has made the WPIAL playoffs only five times in school history. Central Valley, which has been to the playoffs all seven years of its existence, is 3-2 and 1-1. Central Valley's other loss was to South Fayette, the No. 2 team in 4A.

"I'd say that's a statement game," said Guss, who also plays linebacker.

But could anyone have expected the Quakers to invoke the mercy rule on Central Valley's home field?

"This is Central Valley, and we're Quaker Valley," said Guss. "I don't blame you [media] guys for saying things about us. But we know us. We know what we can do. . we can do. ... We could've put up 50 tonight."

The win adds another chapter to one of the more unusual stories in the WPIAL this season.

Quaker Valley coach John Tortorea quit a week before the start of official practice in August. Jerry Veshio was the Quakers' PA announcer and hadn't coached high school football in 31 years. …

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