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D2 FOOTBALL: Valley View Routs West Scranton

November 10, 2018
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D2 FOOTBALL: Valley View Routs West Scranton

BLAKELY — On a frigid, sunny Saturday afternoon, Valley View turned up the heat and the intensity. That created an avalanche of points as the unbeaten and top-seeded Cougars romped to a 61-12 win over No. 4 West Scranton in the District 2 Class 4A semifinals at John Henzes/Veterans Memorial Stadium. Valley View (12-0), the defending champion, will host second-seeded Dallas (11-1) on Friday for the title. The two teams met in Week 8 when the Cougars posted a 33-0 win. Mason Kordish led the onslaught with 155 yards on 13 carries and three touchdowns in the first half. He pushed his season rushing total to 1,652 yards, eclipsing a family record held by his father, the late Randy Kordish, who had 1,556 yards in 1987. That was a goal for the senior tailback. So, too, was a 12th straight win as the Cougars became the third team in the school’s storied history to win its first 12 games of a season, joining the unbeaten Class 2A state champions from 1992 and the 1977 teams. “It was a milestone along the way, but it’s all about the district playoffs now,” Kordish said. “I’ll take it and celebrate for the weekend, then it’s time to get ready for the championship game.” Janaasah Boone also had his usual impact both running and throwing the ball. The explosive junior quarterback had 101 yards rushing on five carries with two touchdowns and threw a touchdown. He increased his season passing yards to 1,012 and his rushing total to 705. “Knowing that we were able to push up the field like that and keep striving for greatness was big,” Boone said. “Our line is blocking like an NFL line. The holes were huge and we just had to run through them.” Defensively, Valley View overpowered the Invaders (7-5). Linebacker Ryan Turlip got the Cougars going by intercepting a screen pass on the game’s third play and returning it 22 yards for a touchdown. “I just trusted my eyes and when I caught it, I knew my teammates would pick up the blocks,” Turlip said. “That was a really crazy start.” Valley View also had a fumble recovery and Jaden Duplessis had an interception — his fifth of the season — both leading to scoring drives in the first half. West Scranton responded to the Cougars’ first touchdown with a methodical 11-play, 80-yard drive that Kevin Williams finished with a 1-yard run to draw within 7-6 with 4:34 left in the first quarter. From there, Valley View limited the Invaders to 44 yards on their next 21 plays as Cyler Rozina collected four tackles as the lead swelled to 49-6 by halftime. “We just had to click as a group,” Rozina said. “It was a great atmosphere and we had to match their intensity and I think we did that. “I feel like our defensive line made some adjustments after being misaligned on that first drive.” Following a powerful surge from the offensive line, Kordish ripped off five runs of at least 20 yards that included scoring bursts of 20, 30 and 20 yards before he exited the game in the second quarter to rest. “The offense wasn’t on the field in the first quarter, so we just tried to stay warm and made sure that when we came out we had to play on fire,” Kordish said. Boone scored on runs of 41 and 8 yards and found Alex Savkov for a 15-yard touchdown to close the first-half scoring. West Scranton’s Evan McCloe scored on a 14-yard run in the third quarter after Valley View had substituted for its starters. Ian Little scored in the third quarter on a 12-yard run and Matt Smith added a 9-yard score in the fourth as the two sophomores combined for 39 rushing yards in the second half. Zack Manchak, a junior, contributed 38 yards rushing for the Cougars, who had 345 yards on 33 carries to finish averaging 10.5 yards per carry. Contact the writer: jbfawcett@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9125; @sportsTT on Twitter

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