■ DELAWARE Val­ley tops Ha­zle­ton AREA For 6A ti­tle.

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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 off­sea­son 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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