Ellicottville/West Valley celebrated Halloween three days late.
The Eagles, the No. 2 seed in Class DD, used trickery to surprise No. 1 Clymer in the first game at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Saturday. Shifty speedster Phalla Musall and versatile quarterback Cameron Wilson steered Ellicottville to a 34-16 victory and the championship.
The razzle-dazzle Eagles executed end-arounds and reverse passes with no hesitation. Clymer’s ‘D’ couldn’t keep up.
“We ran a little trick or treat on ‘em today,” said Tim Bergan, Ellicottville’s head coach for the last 28 years. “They thought Halloween was last week.”
An estimated 400 watched as Clymer scrapped in the second half but could not overcome a 34-0 halftime deficit.
Musall, a 5-foot-4, 140-pound sophomore running back, helped Ellicottville jump to its insurmountable lead. He finished with 149 yards and two touchdowns.
“Phalla is like a little bowling ball,” Bergan said. “He doesn’t care how many times he gets dinged.”
Wilson did it through the air, on the ground and on the receiving end. The junior commanded the game under center, ran for the game’s first score from eight yards out and caught a 35-yard touchdown pass from senior wide receiver Jake Rinko on a reverse.
Clymer (7-2) – which entered with votes in The News’ small school poll – won the first matchup over Ellicottville (7-2), 20-14, in Week Three.
“We were so heartbroken after the first loss,” Wilson said.
Bergan has now won championships in the last four decades – 1984, ‘85, ‘91, 2004 and 2012.
“It’s amazing to play for a coach like him,” Musall said. “I can’t even explain what that’s like. He’s a great coach and I just want to thank him.”
Senior fullback Connor Payne scored the Pirates’ first touchdown, a two-yard run to make the score 34-8 early in the second half. Junior running back Jake Wiggers dove in from five yards out with 1:57 remaining, but Clymer’s rally proved futile.
There is no state tournament for Ellicottville. The Class DD season, created last year as a subset of Class D, ends after the sectional championship.