Valley West uses big plays to defeat Abington Heights in non-league game

By Robert Tomkavage - rtomkavage@timesleader.com | October 9th, 2017 3:58 pm

KINGSTON — Abington Heights was able to move the ball through the air with success, however many sizable losses as the result of bad snaps were the undoing of the Comets.

Sparked by explosive runs by Sean Mikovitch, Wyoming Valley West defeated Abington Heights, 38-7, in a non-league football game Friday night at Spartan Stadium.

Mikovitch, who accounted for 212 yards on 14 carries, took advantage of big running lanes and broke several tackles to score two touchdowns.

“The offensive line played perfectly today,” Mikovitch said. “Everybody was playing their hearts out and I wasn’t going to let anyone tackle me.”

Wyoming Valley West (2-5) went ahead 7-0 when fullback Zach Davies scored on a 9-yard run with 9:21 left in the first quarter after Jake Blaski recovered a fumble by Abington Heights quarterback George Tinsley.

Abington Heights (1-6) tied the game when Tinsley, who threw for 170 yards, connected with Trey Koehler for a 19-yard touchdown. Koehler hauled in five passes for 81 yards.

The Spartans regained the lead on their next play from scrimmage when Mikovitch ran 71 yards for a touchdown, breaking two tackles along the way.

Valley West kicker Jake Gurtis added some insurance points before halftime, capping a 13-play drive with a 23-yard field goal.

Mikovitch struck again, this time for a 44-yard touchdown run, on Valley West’s first possession of the second half.

The senior running back scored on a 7-yard run, his third touchdown of the game, to end a 7-play, 55-yard drive and give the Spartans a 31-7 lead with 52 seconds remaining in the third quarter.

Darrian Tyson made a big play of his own by returning an Abington Heights punt 40 yards for a touchdown after reversing the field during his trek to the end zone early in the fourth quarter.

Valley West had constant pressure on Tinsley for most of the night, forcing the Comets signal caller into many substantial losses as part of negative 76 yards rushing.

“It’s something we’re constantly trying to do,” Wyoming Valley West head coach Pat Keating said. “Whether it’s by blitz design or techniques the guys are using upfront, it makes life easier when you can pressure the quarterback.”

Abington Heights will open Lackawanna Football Conference Division 1 play when it travels to play Wallenpaupack at 7 p.m. Oct. 13.

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By Robert Tomkavage

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