DISTRICT 2-4 CLASS 6A
(2) DELAWARE VALLEY (9-2) AT (1) WILLIAMSPORT (10-1)
WHEN 7, tonight WHERE
STA Stadium, Williamsport
District 2-4 subregional Class 6A championship game.
Winner advances to the state playoffs to face State College or Erie McDowell
Delaware Valley 49, Williamsport 42 (Week 7)
Williamsport leads 2-1
Delaware Valley 35, Scranton 0 Williamsoprt 48, Hazleton Area 14
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.
Williamsport’s Elliott Walker has 10 touchdown catches this season.