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Posted on April 16th, 2012 in History | No Comments

The direction name didn’t matter. The East team (formerly the South) hadn’t claimed a victory in the annual Valor Bowl since 2005. That streak came to an end in the 13th, and what turned out to be lucky, annual game for the Easterners, with a thrilling and outright crazy ending over the West, 21-20, at West Chester Henderson..

The winning touchdown came when Great Valley quarterback Drew Hausladen (East Offensive MVP) hooked up with Conestoga’s Dexter Bridge for a 70-yard touchdown pass with 4:42 remaining in the game. Great Valley’s Richie Eppleman’s extra point turned out to be the margin of victory. There was, however, still left plenty of time for the West to mount a comeback. It did. And, those last several minutes will go down in Valor Bowl history as being some of the craziest.
With fourth-and-six from the East six yard line, Downingtown East quarterback Trey Lauletta misfired on a pass to Downingtown West’s Louis Smith in the endzone. The East, thinking it only had to run out the clock for the win, became sloppy and fumbled the ball at its own 11. Lauletta’s 11-yard run with 23 seconds remaining to be played made the score 21-20.

Initially, West coach Mike Matta of Downingtown East was going to attempt the extra point kick and go for the tie. But after East coach Joe Walsh of Henderson countered with a timeout, Matta decided on a two-point attempt for the win. Lauletta’s pass was intercepted. The East thought it could finally relax and enjoy the win.

Those hopes were dashed when the West recovered the onsides kick with 17 seconds to go. The victory was sealed only when Owen J. Roberts’ Jake Manfredi intercepted Lauletta’s last-ditch pass attempt.

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