CLARKS SUMMIT — Abington Heights moved the ball well through the air, but Delaware Valley took advantage of several Comets miscues and cruised to a 31-0 win in a Lackawanna League Div. 1 game Saturday afternoon.
Delaware Valley’s special teams unit played a big role in the game, starting with Jawon Foushee’s 28-yard punt return that set up the Warriors’ first touchdown.
After Foushee returned the ball to the Comets 23-yard line, Josh Balcarcel scored on a 3-yard run three plays later and the Warriors led 7-0 after Noah Sorrell’s extra point with 4:39 left in the first quarter.
“I thought Josh set the tone for us and did a really nice job,” said Delaware Valley head coach Keith Olsomme. “He’s a heck of a football player.”
Delaware Valley (4-3, 1-2 Div. 1) forced the first of three Abington Heights turnovers when Jason Henderson pounced on a loose ball at the Abington Heights 16-yard line with 8:57 remaining in the second quarter, but the Comets’ defense stood strong and forced a turnover-on-downs. Mike Malone sacked Warriors quarterback Zach Scillia for a nine-yard loss to key the defensive effort.
“This group is resilient and plays hard each and every week,” Abington Heights head coach Joe Repshis said.
Foushee helped set up another Warriors touchdown by hauling in a 29-yard pass from Scillia midway through the second quarter. Scillia connected with Colin Walters for a 5-yard touchdown, six plays later to cap the drive.
“(Scillia) is a really good athlete for us,” Olsommer said. “He does some nice things to help us and keep people off Josh a little bit.”
A fumble by Abington Heights on the ensuing kickoff results in more Delaware Valley points.
Josh Ruzzano recovered the football at the Comets 25-yard line and Sorrell converted a 32-yard field goal as time expired in the first half to give the Warriors a 17-0 halftime lead.
Delaware Valley continued its success running the football when Henderson broke free for a 55-yard touchdown less than two minutes into the third quarter.
Olsommer felt the Warriors’ balance on offense played a big role in the win.
“We were able to get the ball in a lot of different kids’ hands,” he said.
Abington Heights (1-6, 0-3 Div. 1) moved the ball to the Delaware Valley 8-yard line early in the fourth quarter, but three straight incomplete passes ended the Comets’ threat.
Comets quarterback George Tinsley, who completed 15 of 31 passes for 190 yard hit wide receiver Corey Perkins for a 41-yard gain to move the ball in Delaware Valley territory. Perkins finished with nine catches for 141 yards.
“We did some things well, but we have to be more consistent in all aspects of the game,” Repshis said.
Delaware Valley limited Abington Heights to just 25 yards rushing on 20 carries.
“Our guys have been playing pretty good defense all year,” Olsommer said. “Our linebackers really spearhead our group and make plays for us.”
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