Dallas at Wyoming Valley West
7 p.m. today
The Coaches: Dallas’ Bob Zaruta (7-4, 2nd year); Valley West’s Pat Keating (31-14, 5th year)
Last Meeting: Valley West 28-14 in 2012
All-Time Series: Valley West leads 13-9
Quick Fact: Former Dallas coach Ted Jackson is now an assistant at Valley West.
Scouting Dallas: Ryan Monk and Rocky Rutkoski on the line. Bill Gately in the backfield. Stop right there. That’s the extent of the Dallas offense returning. So it’s hard to envision the Mountaineers going on an offensive rampage early in the season. Same goes for the defense, which played well down the stretch in 2012 but was gutted by graduation.
Scouting Valley West: The Spartans graduated some excellent players, too. But when a team has a veteran QB like Michael Baur and enough experience to be formidable up front, things can come together in a hurry. The defense is in the same boat. Plenty of losses to graduation but some guys back to steer the ship.
What To Expect: Both teams lost plenty to graduation. But in Valley West’s case, it had quality backups who were blocked from starting by seniors. Plus, the Spartans have Baur to keep everyone on the same page. Dallas doesn’t have either of those luxuries. The Spartans have the potential to roll in this one.