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Valley Raiders regain touch football title

<p>The Valley Raiders have regained the Valley touch football title after a 35-25 win in the championships Nov. 30. From left, in front, are Mike Boylen, Dana Trenholm, David McDowell, José Lefebvre and Geoff Piers. In the middle row are Greg Wheeler and Deshawn States. In back are Zach Gouthro, Junior Leblanc and Jake Melanson. Missing from the photo are Chris Livingston and Jason Clark. - Submitted</p>
<p>The Valley Raiders have regained the Valley touch football title after a 35-25 win in the championships Nov. 30. From left, in front, are Mike Boylen, Dana Trenholm, David McDowell, José Lefebvre and Geoff Piers. In the middle row are Greg Wheeler and Deshawn States. In back are Zach Gouthro, Junior Leblanc and Jake Melanson. Missing from the photo are Chris Livingston and Jason Clark. - Submitted</p>

KINGS COUNTY - A 35-25 victory Nov. 30 over the Wolfpack helped the Raiders reclaim the Valley Touch Football League championship after a four-year drought.

 Quarterback Chris Livingston threw five touchdown passes - two apiece to rookie speedster Deshawn States  and Junior Leblanc and one to veteran all-star Greg Wheeler – while extra point converts went to States and Wheeler. Former Horton player Jake Melanson had a one-point conversion and Zach Gouthro had three sacks. José Lefebvre and David McDowell collected interceptions.

Wolfpack quarterback Roy Sanford threw touchdown passes to Garett    McCulley and Peter Morse, while another former Horton standout, Greg Brown - considered one of the most athletic players in the league – had two touchdowns.  McCulley finished the scoring with a one-point conversion. Ben MacNeil had three sacks and Brown had one interception.

The annual league awards were handed out at the banquet held following the game. Brown was named overall MVP and defensive player of the year for his numerous interceptions.

Livingston, who was named offensive player of the year, led the league in touchdown passes. Rookie of the year went to Dylan McGrath of the Jets, with an honorable mention to Gouthro.

Most improved player was Travis Franklin, while the unsung hero award was presented to BJ Cochrane of the Hantsport Dukes. The player with the most sportsmanship was Sean “Chopper “ MacDougall of the Dukes.

Both overall and most offensive playoff MVP awards went to Livingston, with honorable mention to Brown.

Lefebvre was named defensive MVP after several passes deflection in the semifinals and a key interception in the Raider end zone late in the first half of the final. That interception was a momentum changer in the game - coming just moments after the Raiders had turned the ball over on their own 15-yard line. Regaining possession on this play, Livingston was able to match the Raiders downfield and put them in a converted touchdown to close out  the half. 

Unsung hero’s of the playoffs went to McCulley, who was recovering from a hamstring injury, yet was able to make some significant catches in the final, and Dana Trenholm, who had some clutch pass deflections for the Raider defense.

 Quarterback Chris Livingston threw five touchdown passes - two apiece to rookie speedster Deshawn States  and Junior Leblanc and one to veteran all-star Greg Wheeler – while extra point converts went to States and Wheeler. Former Horton player Jake Melanson had a one-point conversion and Zach Gouthro had three sacks. José Lefebvre and David McDowell collected interceptions.

Wolfpack quarterback Roy Sanford threw touchdown passes to Garett    McCulley and Peter Morse, while another former Horton standout, Greg Brown - considered one of the most athletic players in the league – had two touchdowns.  McCulley finished the scoring with a one-point conversion. Ben MacNeil had three sacks and Brown had one interception.

The annual league awards were handed out at the banquet held following the game. Brown was named overall MVP and defensive player of the year for his numerous interceptions.

Livingston, who was named offensive player of the year, led the league in touchdown passes. Rookie of the year went to Dylan McGrath of the Jets, with an honorable mention to Gouthro.

Most improved player was Travis Franklin, while the unsung hero award was presented to BJ Cochrane of the Hantsport Dukes. The player with the most sportsmanship was Sean “Chopper “ MacDougall of the Dukes.

Both overall and most offensive playoff MVP awards went to Livingston, with honorable mention to Brown.

Lefebvre was named defensive MVP after several passes deflection in the semifinals and a key interception in the Raider end zone late in the first half of the final. That interception was a momentum changer in the game - coming just moments after the Raiders had turned the ball over on their own 15-yard line. Regaining possession on this play, Livingston was able to match the Raiders downfield and put them in a converted touchdown to close out  the half. 

Unsung hero’s of the playoffs went to McCulley, who was recovering from a hamstring injury, yet was able to make some significant catches in the final, and Dana Trenholm, who had some clutch pass deflections for the Raider defense.

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