DIS­TRICT 2-4 CLASS 6A

(2) DELAWARE VAL­LEY (9-2) AT (1) WILLIAMSPORT (10-1)

Gameface - - DISTRICT 2 CLASS 6A - COM­PILED BY STEVE BEN­NETT / STAFF WRITER

WHEN 7, tonight WHERE

STA Sta­dium, Williamsport

TOUR­NA­MENT

Dis­trict 2-4 subre­gional Class 6A cham­pi­onship game.

UP NEXT

Win­ner ad­vances to the state play­offs to face State Col­lege or Erie McDow­ell

LAST MEET­ING

Delaware Val­ley 49, Williamsport 42 (Week 7)

SE­RIES HIS­TORY

Williamsport leads 2-1

LAST WEEK

Delaware Val­ley 35, Scran­ton 0 Wil­liamso­prt 48, Ha­zle­ton Area 14

SCOUT­ING RE­PORT

The two teams played ar­guably the most en­ter­tain­ing game of the 2016 sea­son in Week 7 with Delaware Val­ley hold­ing on for the seven-point vic­tory.

Ryan Obiso’s 14-yard touch­down run with 24 sec­onds left in the game proved to be the dif­fer­ence.

The teams com­bined for 1,024 yards of to­tal of­fense, three turnovers, 40 first downs and 17 penal­ties for 140 yards in that game.

Obiso ran for 191 yards and four scores, while Caval­laro threw for 275 yards and three touch­downs.

Delaware Val­ley’s de­fense has set­tled in since that first meet­ing and has al­lowed just 22 points in its last four games.

Tyler Smith leads the team in re­cep­tions with 44, while Dy­lan Kelly has 36 catches for 730 yards. Smith is tops on the team in re­ceiv­ing touch­downs with 11.

Williamsport fea­tures the most dy­namic of­fense in the WVC.

The Mil­lion­aires av­er­age 513.4 yards and 49.5 points per game.

Trey Potts has rushed for 1,744 yards and 28 touch­downs on the sea­son. In 22 games, the sopho­more has rushed for 2,656 ca­reer yards and has scored 46 touch­downs, 41 of them rush­ing.

Quar­ter­back Isa­iah Hank­ins has thrown for 2,034 yards and 23 touch­downs and has been in­ter­cepted four times. He is com­plet­ing 71.0 per­cent of his passes and av­er­ages 18.5 yards per com­ple­tion.

He has 60 ca­reer touch­down passes and needs two to tie for­mer Ber­wick great Ron Powlus for most touch­down passes thrown in the WVC.

Eleven play­ers have caught passes for the Mil­lion­aires this sea­son with El­liott Walker lead­ing the way with 34 for 604 yards and 10 touch­downs.

The Mil­lion­aires have re­turned three kicks for touch­downs and one punt.

De­fen­sively, they have in­ter­cepted 10 passes with Potts and Walker lead­ing the way with three each.

KEYS TO THE GAME 1. Tuck in your pocket

The key for the Delaware Val­ley de­fense will be to keep Hank­ins in the pocket. The more free­dom he has the bet­ter chance he has at beat­ing you. He can throw on the run and can tuck the ball and run. Once Hank­ins gets on the move, the re­ceivers are on the move to try to get open. The longer the Delaware Val­ley sec­ondary has to cover, the eas­ier it be­comes for the re­ceivers to find some open space.

2. Don’t fall flat

If there is one area where the Mil­lion­aires can be beat on de­fense it is in the flat. Caval­laro has a big arm as well, though he is not as big of a threat to run the ball as Hank­ins is. Williamsport is go­ing to need to cover the flat. If it doesn’t, look for the War­riors to take ad­van­tage of the open­ings and get the ball down the field that way.

3. One thing leads to an­other

If Obiso can find some space to run it will only cre­ate more prob­lems for the Williamsport de­fense. The Mil­lion­aires use their over­all team speed to flow to the ball. One area in the run game where they can be beat is with the mis­di­rec­tion. If the Williamsport sec­ondary gets too caught up in stop­ping the run, that will present some op­por­tu­ni­ties for Caval­laro to take some shots down the field. Also, the more phys­i­cal the Delaware Val­ley fronts on both sides of the ball can be, the bet­ter chance it has of dic­tat­ing the pace of the game.

FRANK LAURI / FOR THE CIT­I­ZENS’ VOICE

Williamsport’s El­liott Walker has 10 touch­down catches this sea­son.

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