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Ricky Guss Leading QV to 3-0 Start



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For the last six seasons, John Tortorea was the the head coach of the Quaker Valley football season. That all changed at the start of August when he resigned over issues with parents.

The Quakers had a winning record under Tortotea for the last for seasons and had a talented roster returning this season.

The Quaker Valley board named long-time Quaker Valley employee Jerry Veshio as interim coach. That’s proven to be a great move as Qusker Valley has started 3-0 and have one of the most exciting and high-scoring teams in the entire WPIAL.

In the teams first three games, they’ve scored 150 points and the unquestioned leader of the team is senior quarterback Ricky Guss.

Courtesy of Ricky Guss

In Quaker Valley’s three blowout wins, Guss has accounted for 15 touchdowns either thru the air or on the ground and is your quintessential dual threat quarterback.

“I attribute any success I’ve had this season to my tammates and our entire coaching staff. I wouldn’t say it’s been easy but they’ve made things simple for me to go out and execute the game plan,” said Guss.

I asked Guss what if anything changed with the new head coach.

“Yes, things were different because Coach Tortotea called all the offensive plays so obviously some things would be different. The speed of the offense has stayed the same and some of the plays and the way things are called are different because it’s a new coach but I think everybody has adjusted well to Coach Veshio. Obviously we’re succeeding with whatever new things have been implemented.”

That’s an understatement. Guss has been tremendous along with players like senior wide receiver Isaiah McNair and Jordan Taylor.

“I wouldn’t have predicted that I would’ve accounted for 15 touchdowns through our first three games. I’m really not doing anything special, I’m just taking my reads that I’ve been coached to do and sitting back and letting the game come to me,” said Guss.

Photo Courtesy Ricky Guss

The first three games have been easy for Quaker Valley but this Friday should be a real test as they host Beaver. Although the Bobcats are coming off of a loss to Aliquippa, it will be a matchup of two good, high-scoring teams.

A win Friday mark would make a statement that that the 2017 Quaker Valley team is for real and a contender to make it to Heinz Field.

“We’re really not worried about who’s talking about us because as a team we know what we’re capable of accomplishing. No one knows us as well as we do. Worry about one week at a time and do everyone you need to do to win that week. We’re not worried about rankings or media attention, we just want to win.”

So far, so good on that goal.

Beaver vs. Quaker Valley along with Hopewell at Yough will be our two feature games this coming Friday on Pittsburgh Sports Now

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