■ DELAWARE Valley tops Hazleton AREA For 6A title.
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.”