A season-opening loss to Montour eliminated any chance of an undefeated season and, to the doubters, created doubts that Central Valley could defend its WPIAL Class AAA title. The graduation of Jordan Whitehead to Pitt was too much to handle, the doubters said.
But the Warriors showed those doubters that it wasn't a matter of "if" but "when" Central Valley would be back into championship form. Friday night, in the opening round of the WPIAL playoffs, the Warriors showed they had adjusted to the loss of Whitehead, jumping to a 28-0 lead before the game with Laurel Highlands was 10 minutes old.
Ironically, it occurred on the same weekend that Whitehead had become comfortable enough in Pitt's system that he played both offense and defense. The team he left behind did the same thing.
Kurt Reinstadtler scored on both offense and defense in that 12-minute period, returning an interception and catching a pass for a score. Last week, he had the key kickoff return for a score – his second of the year – in a win over West Allegheny. It is his first year returning kicks because Whitehead handled it well the past few years.