Williams Valley shuts out Cardinals

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WILLIAMSTOWN - It was a big night at Williams Valley for reasons other than the Vikings hosting Pine Grove in a Tri-Valley League football game October 5.

There was a pre-game ceremony to honor former long-time coach Gerry Stauffenberg, who passed away during the week. He was the head football coach for 18 years going back to pre-merger days with Tower-Porter High School in the 1960s and ending with his retirement in 1992.

Stauffenberg's family - his surviving brothers, children and grandchildren, and former players, among them current head coach Tim Savage - were on hand as the venue was renamed as "Stauffenberg Field at Viking Stadium."

Then there were the scheduled homecoming festivities at halftime.

The main event was a football game that was completely dominated by Williams Valley, which remained unbeaten with a 43-0 rout of the Cardinals. The win set up next week's showdown with rival Tri-Valley, also unbeaten.

Savage played for Stauffenberg in the early 1990s and was proud of how his team played well in his honor.

"The memorial and the dedicating the field was the end of a very tough week," said an emotional Savage. "It provided some closure. We played a good game and now it's on to Tri-Valley."

Williams Valley (6-0, 5-0 TVL) recorded its fourth shutout of the season, all at home. The Vikings limited the Cardinals (1-5, 1-4) to 65 yards of total offense.

"We're proud of that streak," Savage said. "We're going to try to keep it going as long as we can."

The Vikings' quick-strike offense did the rest, producing 409 total yards.

Sedesse completed 8-of-13 passes for 241 yards, which included four touchdown passes, two to Owen Daniel - a 12-yarder in the first quarter and a 74-yarder in the third.

Daniel's third touchdown was an 85-yard kickoff return to start the second half for a 31-0 lead. Sedesse's other scoring passes were a 73-yard strike to Brendan Miller and a 21-yard pass to Cody Miller, both in the second quarter.

Cole Barnhardt rushed for 56 yards, including a 40-yard TD in the second quarter.

"There are a lot of playmakers on offense so we're tough to defend," Savage said. "Steve really moved his feet well tonight and he had good pocket presence. He either had no pressure, or he was rolling out and stepped up to deliver the ball. It was fantastic to see."

Pine Grove found it hard to move the ball on offense, as head coach Jeff Sampson added a new wrinkle.

Against the Vikings, he used a two-man backfield, with Ryan Martin at fullback and Ryan Heim at halfback and no quarterback. Neither could find much running room. It marked the third straight game that his defense gave up more than 40 points.

"We wanted to see of we could spread it out and try to grind it out on them," Sampson said. "We wanted to slow down the tempo of the game to our favor. They have great athletes all over the field on offense. It was very difficult to cover."

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