Buckhorns Fall to Cougars in 2018 LFC grid debut

The kick-off to the football seasons for Wallenpaupack Area and Delaware Valley got off to a rough start last Friday evening. Both squads were on the road during opening night: Paupack at Valley View and DV at Pennridge.

Neither however would be bringing home a Week #1 win. The Buckhorns fell 27-14 to the Cougars and the Warriors suffered a 54-21 loss to the Rams.

Buckhorn Battle

Paupack received the opening kick which was returned by senior Joe Ingulli out to their own 21.

Not much gain during their possession, the Bucks punted. The Cougars went three-and-out quickly and it was Wallenpaupack’s ball again on their own 25.

A 3rd down fumble gave Valley View control once more. The Cougars pushed through to get two 1st downs and scored with 4:10 remaining in the opening quarter off a 3-yard run by Mason Kordish. The point-after was good and Valley View was up 7-0.

The Buckhorns tied it up early in the second quarter. Senior quarterback Tom McCormick connected junior wideout Anthony Dalessio for a 1st down that put them just a yard inside Cougar territory. On the next play, Ingulli took it 49 yards to the house.

The extra point by senior Conner Barnes was good and it was 7-7 with 11:27 to go in the half.

Valley View’s Traon Jones made a big run later in the period that put them at 1st and goal on the Bucks’ three yardline. The Purple & White held fast through three downs, but a personal foul gave the Cougars another four shots at a touchdown.

Quarterback Jordan Conserette made the 1-yd run, the PAT was good, and Valley View took a 14-7 lead with 4:49 left and held it through intermission.

The Cougars received to open the second half and mounted a long drive. Conserette on the keeper closed the charge with a 13-yard run with 6:25 to go in the quarter. Cam Ceccotti completed his third conversion of the night and made it a 21-7 game.

Bucks’ seniors pitched in for the next Paupack drive.

Nick Ruggieri made a 40-yard run and McCormick completed a pass to Eric Smith that put them on Valley View’s 27. Another connection to Dalessio put them within six, and with 2:08 to go in the third, senior Tyler Neglia ran it over the line. Barnes followed with the 1-pointer making it a 21-14 game.

The Cougars added some insurance to their lead with 8:19 left in the game thanks to a 62-yard reception by Nick Kovalchik. A bad snap on the kick attempt meant no point-after, but Valley View was up 27-14 and held on until the time ran out to claim the win.

McCormick connected on 11 of 20 passes for 87 yards giving up one pick. Ruggieri charged for 65 yards on nine rushes while Ingulli ran eight times for 53 with one TD.

He also has a pair of receptions good for seven, total. Neglia rushed once for six yards and scored once. Dalessio made 7 catches for 53 yards, Smith grabbed a pair for 27, and Tom Dowd made a catch good for one-yard off a pass from Adam Haupt on a boggled punt attempt. Barnes went 2-for-2 on kicking conversions.

“Not having a second scrimmage hurt us a little and we committed some early turnovers,” said. Buckhorns Head Coach Dr. Mark Watson.

“A couple of calls didn’t go our way, but our defense played well, and Tommy threw well. We’ve got Honesdale and DV the next two weeks. Two big games in a row. So now we just go back to work to get ready for them.”

Warriors Rattled

Delaware Valley started its regular season with a road trip to Bucks County where they faced Pennridge.

The Warriors got off to a good start when junior QB Zach Scillia connected with classmate Jawon Foushee for a 40-yard touchdown. Junior kicker Noah Sorrell split the pipes to give DV the 7-0 lead early in the opening stanza.

The Rams struck back swiftly by not only making a run to the endzone but then they added two on the conversion to take an 8-7 lead. However, not long after, Scillia and Foushee did it again. This time a 50-yard play.

Sorrell made good on the kick and the Warriors were up 14-8 at the end of the 1st quarter.

Pennridge scored three touchdowns in the 2nd quarter and ran the score up to 26-14 before the Warriors could retaliate.

Late in the half, Scillia hit senior Caleb Dashner for a 57-yard TD that closed the gap marginally. Sorrell, still solid make the kick and helped DV bring it to within a touchdown.

The 26-21 gap would be further widened by the Rams before halftime. Another trip to the endzone for Pennridge put them up 32-21 at intermission.

Unfortunately for the Warriors, they would score no more for the remainder of the night. The Rams posted one TD late in the third quarter to boost their tally to 38-21 and logged two more in the final period.

Pennridge ultimately drove the score up to 54-21 before all was said and done.