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End Of The Road For Cougars At Delaware Valley

November 11, 2018
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End Of The Road For Cougars At Delaware Valley

MILFORD — For the second year in a row, Hazleton Area came here in Week 12 looking to bring home a championship trophy.

For the second straight season, Delaware Valley sent the Cougars home to the off-season without it.

The defending champion and top-seeded Warriors pounded the Cougars with their methodical run game, mixed in several big plays from the arm and legs of junior quarterback Zach Scillia, and pulled away to a 35-14 victory Saturday afternoon.

Delaware Valley (9-3) is now headed back to the PIAA Class 6A Tournament after claiming its second straight District 2-4 Subregional final over the second-seeded Cougars (6-6). The Warriors face State College next weekend.

The win was the Warriors’ seventh in a row this season — and 11th straight against Hazleton Area dating back to 2010, following the last of the Cougars’ five District 2 championships.

DV head coach Keith Olsommer dismissed the notion that his team has some sort of mastery over the Cougars.

“I don’t know if it’s anything like that. It’s a big game, our kids know it’s a big game, and the kids have risen to the occasion and played well against them,” Olsommer said.

“It’s nice that your kids can step up. Sometimes they don’t, but our kids did today.”

That wasn’t the case for the Cougars, who saw their own four-game win streak and title dreams come to a sudden halt in the bitter cold of Milford for a second straight season.

“We got the ball in the red zone twice and came away with no points,” said Hazleton Area head coach Mike Brennan. “We didn’t play our best game, and clearly we didn’t deserve to win the game.”

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Hazleton Area 7 0 7 0 — 14

Delaware Valley 7 14 7 7 — 35

First quarter

DV - Walters 41 pass from Scillia (Sorrell kick). 7:27

HAZ - Horton 13 run (Garcia kick). 2:04

Second quarter

DV - Scillia 5 run (Sorrell kick). 11:15

DV - Balcarcel 3 run (Sorrell kick). :03

Third quarter

DV - Balcarcel 13 run (Sorrell kick). 7:26

HAZ - Smith 14 pass from Wolk (Garcia kick). 5:38

Fourth quarter

DV - Scillia 4 run (Sorrell kick). 4:57

Team statistics

Haz DV

First Downs 10 18 Rushing-Att-Yards 28-194 45-284 Comp-Att-Int 9-15-1 10-15-1 Passing Yards 72 159 Total Yards 266 443 Punts-Average 2-30.0 2-34.0 Fumbles-Lost 1-0 0-0 Penalties-Yards 2-20 8-60

Individual statistics

Rushing: Haz – D.Horton 17-144, 1 TD; S.Wolk 8-38; D.Solomon 2-6; L.Johnson 1-6. DV – J.Balcarcel 23-181, 2 TDs; Z.Scillia 9-42, 2 TDs; J.Henderson 5-28; S.Croll 2-19; P.Machado 4-11; J.Foushee 1-4; Team - 1-(-1).

Passing: Haz – S.Wolk 9-15-1, 72, 1 TD. DV – Z.Scillia 10-14-1, 159, 1 TD; Team - 1-0.

Receiving: Haz – D.Smith 5-35, 1 TD; J.Hunsinger 2-31; D.Horton 1-3; E.Matyas 1-3. DV – J.Foushee 5-47; H.Klein 2-48; C.Walters 1-41, 1 TD; J.Balcarcel 1-17; M.Studsrud 1-6.

Game Summary

District 2-4 Class 6A Championship

At Delaware Valley

Haz Area (6-6) 7 0 7 0 — 14

Del Val (9-3) 7 14 7 7 — 35

DV — Walters 41 pass from Scillia (Sorrell kick)

HA — Horton 13 run (Garcia kick)

DV — Scillia 5 run (Sorrell kick)

DV — Balcarcel 3 run (Sorrell kick)

DV — Balcarcel 13 run (Sorrell kick)

HA — Smith 14 pass from Wolk (Garcia kick)

DV — Scillia 4 run (Sorrell kick)

 

HA DV

First Downs 12 19

Rushes-Yards 27-194 46-263

Passes 9-15-1 10-15-1

Passing Yards 77 159

Total Yards 271 422

 

Fumbles-Lost 1-0 1-0

Penalties 2-20 7-65

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS

RUSHING: Hazleton Area — Horton 16-148, Wolk 8-38, Johnson 1-6, Solomon 2-2. Delaware Valley — Balcarcel 23-161, Scillia 9-42, Henderson 5-28, Croll 2-19, Machado 4-11, Foushe 1-4, Team 2-(-2).

PASSING: Hazleton Area — Wolk 9-15-1, 77. Delaware Valley — Scillia 10-15-1, 159.

RECEIVING: Hazleton Area — Smith 5-35, J. Hunsinger 2-36, Horton 1-3, Matyas 1-3. Delaware Valley — Foushe 5-47, Klein 2-48, Walters 1-41, Balcarcel 1-17, Studsrud 1-6.

INTERCEPTIONS: Hazleton Area — Smith. Delaware Valley — Scillia

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