WASHINGTONVILLE – If we were making a made-for-Varsity845 movie about Valley Central’s big win on Saturday, we would go dramatic.
We would call it “Escape From The Ville”. OK, maybe that’s a little too dramatic. Still, Valley Central scored an impressive and much-needed Section 9 Class AA Division II win on Saturday. The Vikings kept their playoff hopes alive by beating Washingtonville 20-17.
Valley Central scored the first 20 points of the game, but had to hold on for the win. After the game, I spoke with two of the stars of the game, quarterback Ken Gray and running back/linebacker Jarrett Orndorff. Gray passed for two touchdowns, connecting with Nick Pacheco and Vinnie Maffei, and Orndorff rushed for a score.
Washingtonville entered Saturday as a slight favorite and could have booked a ticket to the Class AA postseason with a win. A Washingtonville “W” would have also given Warwick the Division II regular-season title. But Valley Central isn’t playing that.
It now comes down to this.
A one-win team the last two seasons, Valley Central (3-4, 1-1 Class AA) can clinch the Division II regular-season title and qualify for the postseason for the first time in eight years with a win versus favored Warwick (5-2, 2-0 Class AA) at 7 p.m. Friday in Montgomery. A win by Warwick would give the Wildcats the championship and set up a three-way tie for second-place between Valley Central, Washingtonville (2-5, 1-2 Class AA) and last year’s winner – Minisink Valley (2-5, 1-2 Class AA).
Win or lose, Warwick is in the playoffs.
In the event of a three-way tie, according to Section 9 rules, point differential in games played among the teams is the tiebreaker, with the maximum point differential being 21 points per game. The closest to zero qualifies for the playoffs. By virtue of its loss to Valley Central, Washingtonville is -3, which would give the Wizards a postseason berth.
Minisink Valley (-7) lost to Washingtonville, 28-21. Valley Central is at -11 because of its 21-10 loss to Minisink Valley. In the event of a Warwick win next week, Washingtonville’s furious comeback bid Saturday against Valley Central will be what puts the Wizards in the postseason.
Section 9 Class AA playoff schedule
Monroe-Woodbury (7-0) vs. Division II runner-up, 7 p.m. at Dietz Stadium, Kingston
Newburgh (6-1) vs. Division I winner, 7 p.m. at Faller Field, Middletown
Semifinal winners, 7 p.m. at Faller.
*Stay tuned for more on Valley Central’s win in Sunday’s editions of Varsity845.com online and in print in the Times Herald-Record.