Hard to believe it's been almost 10 full years since Washington defeated Pen Argyl for the 2001 PIAA Class AA championship. The Prexies went 15-0 that season and were loaded with talent across the board.
That team was honored Friday night before Wash High's home game against Apollo-Ridge. The Prexies routed the Vikings, much like the 2001 team rolled through the majority of its opponents.
Got a lot of great stuff before and after the game, just couldn't use it all in my story, which you can read by clicking here. So, the following a some extra quotes.
Guy Montecalvo on linebacker Tommy Sypula, "Tommy Sypula breaks his ankle at Quaker Valley and makes it back for the state championship game. That's quite an accomplishment. I can still see him stomping that foot. It's tough you know, because he's no longer with us."
Justin Gregula on leadership, "We had so many leaders. They were everywhere on you looked. Guys like Tommy Sypula, he was the unquestioned leader of our defense. That stuff is really important. You have to have great leaders. The quarterback tends to get a lot of attention and a lot of it is undeserved."
J.R. Ward on Dan Mozes, "I always looked for the big guy when I was running the football. When he was at West Virginia, I made sure I told everyone, 'Yeah, I played behind that guy.'"
Mike Bosnic on Wash High's sense of community, "It's a unique situation. I've never seen anything like it. Our team takes a lot of pride in the tradition here. Coach Chet (Henderson) was a big part of that tradition, and the kids are well aware of it."
Gregula on the team's accomplishments, "We played some good team, great players. As a 17-year-old kid, which I was at the time, it's amazing to experience those kind of highs with an entire community. Some of us went on to play big-time sports in college, for me, it was baseball, but what happened here was special."
Montecalvo on shutting down a Bruce Gradkowski-led Seton-La Salle, twice: "With him at quarterback they scored six points on us in two years. We were proud of that at the time because he was an extremely accomplished high school quarterback and it's only become greater because of what he's become, first at Toledo and then in the NFL."