DIS­TRICT 2 CLASS 5A

(2) ABING­TON HEIGHTS (7-4) AT (1) VAL­LEY WEST (8-2)

Gameface - - DISTRICT 2 CLASS 5A - COM­PILED BY STEVE BEN­NETT / STAFF WRITER

WHEN

7, tonight

WHERE

Spar­tan Sta­dium, Kingston

TOUR­NA­MENT

Dis­trict 2 Class 5A cham­pi­onship

UP NEXT

Win­ner plays South­ern Le­high or White­hall in the Dis­trict 2-11 subre­gional game

LAST MEET­ING

Val­ley West 23, Abing­ton Heights 20 (Week 7)

SE­RIES HIS­TORY

Val­ley West leads 10-7

LAST WEEK

Abing­ton Hts. 35, Wal­len­pau­pack 0 Val­ley West re­ceived a bye

SCOUT­ING RE­PORT

This is the third meet­ing be­tween the two pro­grams in the dis­trict play­offs. They split the first two meet­ings as Class 4A schools with Val­ley West win­ning in 1996 and Abing­ton Heights win­ning in 1998.

This is a re­match of a Week 7 game that came down to a Jake Gur­tis 37-yard field goal as time ex­pired. It was one of three Gur­tis field goals on the day.

In that game, Val­ley West held the edge in rush­ing 265-120, while the Comets passed for 112 yards com­pared to 106 for the Spar­tans.

Bran­don Hardy was all over the field last week for the Comets in the win over Wal­len­pau­pack. He had 126 yards re­ceiv­ing, re­turned a punt 99 yards for a touch­down and picked off a pass.

Colin McCreary has rushed for 454 yards and nine touch­downs, thrown for 681 yards and seven touch­downs and has kicked 28 ex­tra points and eight field goals.

Kaleb Sher­man has rushed for 517 yards and five touch­downs on the year and av­er­ages 5.4 yards per carry.

The Comets av­er­age 242.8 yards per game of­fen­sively and al­low 214.3 de­fen­sively. They have given up 1,227 yards rush­ing and 1,130 yards pass­ing. Since the last meet­ing against the Spar­tans, Abing­ton Heights has al­lowed 33 points, with 26 of them com­ing to Delaware Val­ley in a Week 10 loss.

The Spar­tans en­ter the game af­ter earn­ing a bye as the top seed in the three-team field. Af­ter start­ing the year 2-2, Val­ley West ended the reg­u­lar sea­son on a six-game win­ning streak. The de­fense has al­lowed 64 points dur­ing the streak.

The Spar­tans av­er­age 342.0 yards of of­fense and 34.9 points per game.

De­fen­sively, they al­low 267.1 yards and 18.4 points per game.

Sean Judge has rushed for 838 yards and 14 scores, while Aaron Austin has 791 yards rush­ing and 13 touch­downs. Judge leads the team in re­ceiv­ing with 33 catches, while Dar­rian Tyson is sec­ond with 18.

Tight end Rob Dwyer has 18 catches.

Gur­tis has kicked 36 ex­tra points and six field goals with a long of 40 yards.

KEYS TO THE GAME 1. It’s harder than it looks

The Abing­ton Heights de­fense needs to key on Judge. Whether he is in the back­field, the slot or on the perime­ter, the Comets need to ac­count for him. The key will be to make some­one other than Judge beat them.

2. The weak may sur­vive

The Val­ley West de­fense has a ten­dency to over­play the strong side of the of­fen­sive for­ma­tion. If Abing­ton Heights can find some suc­cess at­tack­ing the weak­side, that has the pos­si­bil­ity of lead­ing to some sus­tained drives, and pos­si­bly get­ting a big play or two to go along with it.

3. Ad­di­tion by sub­trac­tion

One area of strength for Val­ley West is run­ning be­hind mas­sive ju­nior right tackle Chris Ble­ich, who has al­ready given a ver­bal com­mit­ment to Penn State. The more peo­ple he blocks the more space the Spar­tans have to move. If the Comets can find a way to limit the num­ber of de­fend­ers he can get out and block, they will have more play­ers in po­si­tion to pur­sue.

FRANK LAURI / FOR THE CIT­I­ZENS’ VOICE

Se­nior line­man Bry­don Ruk­stalis (54) leads Val­ley West onto the field.

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