Delaware Valley and Wallenpaupack Area each post exciting wins
Due to the Labor Day holiday, press time was moved up for the mid-week issue.
So, even though this article will be hitting the stands as Week Three looms, both Delaware Valley and Wallenpaupack Area deserve props for their gridiron efforts during Week Two.
Heading into last Friday night's game, Paupack was 0-1 after suffering a loss to Wyoming Area. Delaware Valley was 1-0 following their trip to Florida where they posted a win versus Ft. Pierce Central.
Looking to build on its record, DV ventured to Valley View while Paupack headed to Memorial Stadium to face the West Scranton Invaders.
The Cougars got off to an early lead with a field goal with 5:17 left in the opening quarter.
However, with just more than a minute to go, Ryan Obiso took it to the Cougars 20 setting up Dylan Kelly for the touchdown. Noah Sorell’s kick was good and DV was now up 7-3.
A solid team effort earned the Warriors four first downs on a drive that ended up in a third and goal situation.
A run by Ryan Yencik got the ball into the end zone, the PAT was good and Delaware Valley now had a 14-3 lead.
Valley View had an opportunity following an interception. However, with 10 seconds left in the half, DV picked off a pass, gained possession and ran out the clock.
Following intermission, Valley View got back on the boards with a touchdown by Jones with 9:43 left in the third.
The extra point was blocked making it 14-9, but with 5:41 to go, the Cougars brought it in again and made a 2-point conversion, taking the lead, 17-14.
That wouldn't be it for this period, though.
With 3:44 left, Kelly scored for the Warriors. A good kick following the TD gave DV a 21-17 lead.
Valley View was second and goal on the DV four when the fourth quarter opened. Jones promptly scored with 11:56 to go in the game and gave the Cougars the 24-21 lead.
That score held through a very long quarter plagued with flags and fumbles, turnovers and triumphs.
DV's defense held up well against the hosts even though Valley View gained a ton of real estate.
Then, DV finally got the break it needed.
A failed quarterback sneak on a 4th-and-5 by the Cougars gave the Warriors the ball on their own 20 with about a minute left in the game.
A reception and following run by Obiso got the ball to the Valley View 25. A battle to the Cougar 2yd line gave DV a first down with 28 seconds left.
Nick Reilly’s short jump brought it home and the Warriors had the lead. The point was good but it was icing on DV’s cake as much as it was salt in Valley View’s wound.
A stunned Cougar Nation stood beside themselves as their team attempted to re-group for a final push.
A botched Hail Mary pass ate up precious time and before long, the clock emptied and the Warriors went home with the 28-24 win.
“I was pleased we were able to overcome a ton of mistakes and get the win,” commented Head Coach Keith Olsommer.
“It’s not an easy place to play and Valley View has a good team. It says a lot about our senior leadership and being able to play things through to the end.”
Solid in Scranton
The Buckhorns' outing in the Electric City was just as fruitful.
Following a scoreless opening quarter, Zach Maldacker split the uprights on a 40-yard field goal attempt putting Paupack up 3-0 with 7:40 to go in the half.
After a solid drive two minutes later, Nick Ruggieri took it the final yard over the line. Maldacker made the extra point and the Bucks now held a 10-0 lead.
West Scranton landed a late touchdown but missed the PAT with 28 seconds to go. At intermission, Paupack led 10-6.
The second half dragged on with no advances in the score for either side, then Joe Ingulli’s three-yard run with 3:49 to go got things rolling.
Cole Fenstermacher made the PAT and it was now a 17-6 game in the Bucks’ favor.
Westside wasted no time getting those points back.
Off the kick return, Williams brought it home 78 yards and the good kick made it 17-13.
More was to come from the Purple & White.
Ingulli, again, this time with a 44-yard reception from Tommy McCormack.
The Buckhorns missed the kick but closed the third quarter with a 23-13 lead.
Paupack widened the gap with 4:31 to go in the game when Ty Holbert scored off a 27-yard pass to make it a 29-13 game.
The Invaders cut the lead by six with 2:52 to go but the Buckhorns fired right back. Ingulli capped off a fantastic night with 48-yard run into the end zone giving Paupack the 35-19 win.
“Nobody had us picked to win this,” said Buckhorns Head Coach Dr. Mark Watson. “Our kids played well defensively the week before but we needed to work out things on the offense.
“This week we played a flawless game. The challenge now is to build on our success.”