Saucon Strives For State Final
By Kyle Hartzell
Coming off a strong season last year, Saucon looked to continue their pattern. Finishing out the regular season, undefeated and the Colonial League champions, they looked to win districts and continue on into the class 3A state playoffs. Now they are in the semi-finals for the state playoffs.
Saucon now prepares to play one of the best teams in the country on Friday December 11th. Imhotep Charter is ranked 5th in the state while Saucon is ranked 7th. These numbers aren’t that far apart, but Imhotep has some key players that they look to use against Saucon. Naseir Upshur is Imhotep’s tight end, he has offers from over 25 FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) schools. Stopping Naseir will be Saucons biggest obstacle for this game.
Salisbury head coach Andrew Cerco stated, “The determining factor will be which team can make more big plays, who can take care of the ball. If Saucon can control time of possession and create turnovers on defense, they will have a good chance to win the game.” With this being said, Saucon Valley can usually put together nice long drives utilizing their running back Evan Culver. By giving the ball to Culver it allows time to run off the clock, not allowing their opponent to get the ball. Cerco states, “It would be great for Saucon Valley to represent the Colonial League in the State Championship game. It says a lot about the competition level in our league. Having spoken with a college coach on Friday, he said that Salisbury plays in one of the most competitive leagues in the state. Either way I’m happy for them and their success, it is a testament to how they manage their program, and the commitment level of their players and the care and love for each other. You don’t get to the state semi-final game if those things are not in order.”
This week may not be as easy as the past weeks for Saucon, but with their talent it is very possible that they can win. Facing Imhotep Charter at Liberty at seven o’clock Friday, December 11th. Whether Saucon gets a win or loss, they will have represented the Colonial League greatly this past year.