By: Williamsport Sun-Gazette | November 21, 2009
SHENANDOAH - Forty-eight minutes of football erased more than a year of frustration and heartbreak for the Shenandoah Valley football program Friday night.
More impressive was that the Blue Devils needed just 16 minutes to build a three touchdown lead that keyed a 34-6 rout of Muncy for the Eastern Conference Class A championship.
"This feeling is just imaginable," Shenandoah Valley quarterback Danny Merva said. "To go from 2-8 with all the letdowns, bouncing back and to have something for the legacy of our senior team is phenomenal. We are on cloud nine right now."
It was the Blue Devils' first Eastern Conference title in program history. Shenandoah Valley's last championship was a District 11 Class A title in 2006.
"We got our chance to win a championship and they just came out and flew around. I'm just so proud of them for this," Shenandoah Valley head coach Nick Sajone said. "That district championship was great, but this is what I'm worried about right now."
Shenandoah Valley (7-5) took control of the game early, as the Devils offense scored on three of its four drives in the first half.
Two of those drives came on the legs of sophomore tailback Eric Whalen and on the shoulders of an offensive line that controlled the line of scrimmage.
Muncy didn't get a first down until the 5:11 mark of the second quarter. It came thanks to a personal foul that extended Muncy's only scoring drive of the game.
A 13-play, 63 yard drive was capped off by Matt Ring's four yard touchdown pass to Ryan Hembury with just two seconds left in the first half.