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Raiders, Wolfpack on to VTFL final


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Pat MacDonald of the Renegades in a long-shot semifinal Nov. 25. K.Starratt

BY JOHN DECOSTE

Kings County Register

This weekend’s Valley Touch Football League final matchup (Sunday at noon, Oakdene Field) will feature a pair of long-time rivals, the Wolfpack and Raiders.

In the first semifinal Nov. 25, the Raiders held off a determined Jets squad 29-20 in, by far, the most entertaining game of the day.

Tim Kendrick connected on touchdown passes to Bruce Ward, Ryan Hasler, Mark Clark and Dave McDowell. Gair MacInnis kicked a field goal and a pair of converts.

Defensively, Ward had three sacks, Jay Robichaud had one sack and Greg Wheeler, Dale Hancock and McDowell all had interceptions.

For the Jets, Dave Keddy threw touchdown passes to Jerry Mahar, Matt Jennings and Sandy VanBlarcom, and also kicked two converts.

In the other semifinal, the Wolfpack used timely scoring and stingy defense to blank the Renegades 40-0. Scott Dunthorne threw TD passes to Aaron Long and Pete Morse. Long, who split the quarterbacking duties, also had a touchdown pass to Roy Sanford. Mike Sinclair, Sanford and Garrett McCulley also caught two-point conversions from Dunthorne. Morse kicked a field goal and two one-point converts.

Defensively for the Wolfpack, Mike Sinclair and Devin Balsor both ran interceptions back for touchdowns. Pete Morse and Aaron Long also had interceptions, while rusher Dave Sollows had two sacks and a pair of pass deflections.

In the elimination game Nov. 24, the Jets edged the Capital 21-19.

The stage is now set for one of the more anticipated VTFL finals in recent years, with both the Raiders and Wolfpack relatively healthy. The Raiders will be after their eighth straight title against a hungry Wolfpack squad. Fans are welcome to attend the game.

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