— DANVILLE – Valley football coaches never expected to see the game that played out this past Super Bowl Sunday, where the Seattle Seahawks outmaneuvered the Denver Broncos and veteran quarterback Peyton Manning to a brutal 43-8 victory.
“Seattle’s defense really stepped up, taking away Peyton’s options and did a great job shutting him down,” said Danville coach Jim Keiser, who had pegged Denver to take home the Lombardi Trophy.
His fellow coaches echoed these sentiments.
“It was not at all the game I expected to see. I honestly thought the Broncos were going to win and win handily,” said Selinsgrove coach David Hess. “I really think the difference in that game was the tenacity of the Seahawks defense and their special teams … They played up the entire game and outperformed the Broncos for four quarters.”
“I was very disappointed, I never expected an outcome like that. I’m a Broncos fan and a Peyton Manning fan,” said Mount Carmel’s Carmen DeFrancesco. “Seattle just had more energy. It was a very disappointing game for me personally.”
Keiser said he agreed with MVP pick Malcolm Smith, a linebacker for the Seahawks, who was responsible for both 69-yard touchdown and a third-quarter fumble recovery.
Hess credited Seattle’s coach, Pete Carroll, for effectively removing Denver’s passing game. “I really thought that Pete Carroll outschemed Denver … That was the biggest difference in the ball game to me,” he said.
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