HS FOOTBALL: Delaware Valley Thumps Abington Heights
CLARKS SUMMIT — Sophomore Jason Henderson had a wry smile on his face as he explained his constant proximity to the action.
“Maybe I just have a magnet to the football,” he said.
Could be. The Delaware Valley linebacker and fullback had 11 tackles including a sack, recovered two fumbles and added 55-yard touchdown run as the Warriors blanked Abington Heights, 31-0, in Saturday’s Lackawanna Football Conference Division I game at Grove Street Stadium.
“He does those kinds of things for us,” Delaware Valley coach Keith Olsommer said. “He makes some plays that are unique.”
None more unique than, after leading a goal-line play as a blocking back in a power-I formation, recovering a Delaware Valley fumble to keep a scoring drive intact.
On the next play, quarterback Zach Scilia found tight end Colin Walters for a 5-yard touchdown pass 2:28 before halftime. It shifted the flow of a game that the Warriors (4-3 overall, 1-2 division) led just 7-0 at the time.
“It allowed us to change the momentum a little bit because it was a little bit back-and-forth there,” Olsommer said. “Then we got another turnover pretty quick right after that.”
On the ensuing kickoff, Mike Dantuono stuck his helmet on the football and John Ruzzano recovered at the Abington Heights 25.
Seven plays later, Noah Sorrell drilled a 32-yard field goal as time expired for a 17-0 halftime lead.
Jawon Foushee’s 29-yard punt return set up the first score for the Warriors, a 3-yard run by Josh Barcarcel, and Foushee’s 29-yard catch and run set up the second score.
“I thought a lot of kids made some nice plays for us today,” Olsommer said. “Jawon is a very good football player and he’s another guy who can do some pretty good things.
“I think the thing I’m pleased with the most is, defensively, we’ve been good. Offensively, we’re still a work in progress and we’re getting a little bit better.”
Henderson split a pair of defenders and went 55 yards to make it 24-0 less than a minute into the third, and Barcarcel added a 28-yard scoring jaunt with just under seven minutes to play.
And on defense, Henderson and his mates kept the Comets off the board, despite 191 yards passing from George Tinsley, 142 of that coming on nine connections with Corey Perkins.
“I love being aggressive,” Henderson said. “I love defense. I love football itself. I do whatever I can do to be successful.”
Abington Heights had chances early in the game, but key dropped passes and turnovers made it an uphill battle.
“They made plays when they had to and converted on some of our miscues,” Abington Heights coach Joe Repshis said. “We did some things well, but we need to be more consistent in all aspects of the game. We’ll go back and make those corrections and work to get better.”
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