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Valley West



1 p.m.


The Coaches: Valley West's Pat Keating (22-11, 4th year); Dallas' Bob Zaruta (0-0, 1st year)

Last Meeting: Dallas 28-27 in 2011

All-Time Series: Valley West leads 12-9

Quick Fact: Valley West has lost its last three games played on grass fields on Saturday afternoons.

Scouting Valley West: Life begins without Eugene Lewis, who electrified crowds for four years. Yet, don't count out the Spartans. They might not be as explosive (who would be without Eugene) but still are solid contenders for a District 2/4-11 Class 4A playoff berth.

Scouting Dallas: Life begins without coach Ted Jackson, who had 26 winning seasons in 27 years at Dallas. Yet, don't count out the Mountaineers. They have the best throw-catch combo in the WVC with Ryan Zapoticky and Jason Simonovich. And the line is extremely talented as well.

What To Expect: A close game seems quiet possible. A key factor could be a Valley West assistant – Ted Jackson Jr. He knows the Dallas kids as well as anyone and that could be the tipping factor. Then again, the Spartans don't always play well on Saturday afternoons.

-- John Erzar

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