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Kordish, Cougars Roll Past Comets

September 2, 2018

CLARKS SUMMIT — Mason Kordish ran for 153 yards and two touchdowns in the first half as No. 1 Valley View rolled to a 42-0 win over Abington Heights in a Lackawanna Football Conference game Saturday at Comets Stadium. The Cougars piled up 300 yards on the ground to improve to 2-0 for the first time since 2015. “We told our linemen that they had to be physical,” Valley View coach George Howanitz said. “I thought they came out and set the tone in the trenches early and we got the running game going.” Kordish had 57 yards on three carries on Valley View’s opening drive and scored on a 23-yard run to give the Cougars a 7-0 lead. “It was the line,” Kordish said. “The line blocked great today.” The senior had 20 yards on a pair of carries on the Cougars’ next drive and starting quarterback Janaasah Boone had two carries for 22 yards, including a 9-yard touchdown run around the left end to give Valley View a 14-0 lead. Boone, who missed last week’s opener with an illness, ran for 32 yards and a pair of touchdowns and also threw for 35 yards and a score. “It was nice to be able to see what he could do,” George Howanitz said. “Jordan (Conserette) filled in great for us last week and I thought Janaasah did a great job for us this week.” After forcing Abington Heights (0-2) to punt for the third time in the first quarter, Valley View took over at its 43. On the five-play drive, Kordish converted a third-and-4 with a 13-yard run and, after Zack Kovalchik hit Dylan Howanitz for a 22-yard gain on a half-back pass, Kordish scored on a 16-yard run to push the lead to 21-0. “Everything was going great,” Boone said. “Mason was having his day. The linemen, the holes were huge. There was nothing we couldn’t do I guess.” Traon Jones added a 1-yard touchdown run on Valley View’s next drive and the Cougars then took over on Abington Heights’ 31 after a dropped snap on a punt attempt. But Conor Newman intercepted a pass on the first play of the drive. Abington Heights drove 39 yards in eight plays but Chase Combs’ interception on third-and-6 ended the drive at the Cougars’ 46-yard-line. Five plays later at the Comets’ 24-yard-line, Boone rolled to his left and found Dylan Howanitz in the flat. The junior turned up field and made a move on two defenders near the 10-yard-line and got into the end zone and Valley View led 35-0. Abington Heights fumbled the ball away on the first play of its next drive and the Cougars took over at the Comets’ 20. Five plays later, Boone scored on a 1-yard sneak and the Cougars led 42-0. “They are a good football team,” Abington Heights coach Joe Repshis said. “They are very athletic and physical. They run to the football and they did a great job of executing. We need to continue to work to get better and make corrections. There’s things we have to improve on. We have to be more consistent in all three phases of the game.” Contact the writer: hsmith@timesshamrock.com

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