NEWPORT, N.Y. (WKTV) - When the West Canada Valley football team opens their Section III Class D postseason Saturday, they'll be without featured back Jack Minasi. The former NEWSChannel 2 Athlete of the Week suffered a high ankle sprain in the Indians' regular season finale, a 40-0 win over Dolgeville last Friday.
Despite the injury to one of their key players, the team didn't miss a beat as junior Ryan Grogan carried much of the load in Minasi's place, finishing with over 200 yards from scrimmage and three touchdowns, including an interception return.
"All season it's really been, we call it the double d's, determination and dedication, that's all it is," says Grogan. "You got to be determined to win, you got to have the dedication to know that you got to do what you got to do to win."
It's been a long time since the Indians have fielded a winner on the gridiron and the return of former coach Mike Moody two years ago is the main reason for the turnaround, as he and his coaching staff have motivated the players to success this fall.
"I'm just so happy for the kids," Moody says. "I give the credit to them, they're the ones that have put the work in, in the off-season. I take my enjoyment from seeing the kids having so much fun from something like this, that's what it's all about, the program's about them. It's nice to see them winning and nice to see them enjoying it."
West Canada will host Pulaski Saturday at two in the Section III Class D quarterfinals, in hopes of continuing their undefeated run.