Delaware Valley braces for potent State College
Delaware Valley’s defense was just plain dominant in last week’s District 2 championship-game win against Hazleton Area.
The Cougars managed just 82 yards passing, 72 rushing, and the only points came after DV fumbled the ball at its 5-yard line, only to see the Warriors defense limit them to a 20-yard field goal.
Friday night, the team’s defense will need to be even better.
Unbeaten Delaware Valley travels to Danville High School to battle State College in a PIAA Class 6A firstround game at 7 p.m.
“We’ve played pretty good defense last few weeks,” Warriors coach Keith Olsommer said. “I’m pretty happy with that and we need to continue that and to be a little bit better for us to continue moving on.”
That’s because State College, coming off its own rout
of Erie, 48-12, has some talented players on offense, including wide receiver Brandon Clark, who has 38 catches for 638 yards and will be a preferred walk-on next year at Penn State.
“They are a very skilled group of kids and they have tremendous size up front,” Olsommer said. “Defensively they’ve got 11 kids who go out and fly around to the ball. And they’re extremely well coached by the entire staff.”
Quarterback Tommy Friberg has thrown for 1,600 yards and 22 touchdowns for the Little Lions. Running backs Tristen Lyons and Isaiah Edwards have combined for more than 1,400 yards and average better than nine yards per carry. Junior cornerback Keaton Ellis has already committed to Penn State, but has missed the last seven games due to injury.
“We know what we’re stepping into,” Olsommer said. “This senior class has played against Parkland, Downingtown East, Williamsport, Upper Dublin when it was a very good football team.
“We’ve played against some quality football teams. For them, this is just another step in the process. Just another really good football team we’re coming across.”
The Warriors have scrimmaged State College in the past, so there is an added level of comfort in familiarity with an opponent.
“We need to go out and execute and do our thing,” Olsommer said. “If we can do that, we can be in this game and win this game.
“We have to go out and execute, not turn the ball over and play good defense.”
The Warriors also could get some help from their offense in that regard.
“Our best defense may be to slowly grind it out on offense,” Olsommer said. “They have tremendous skill guys who can score any moment. We need ball control to help us out little bit.”
Delaware Valley’s Kyle Obiso, left, and James Secor (10) trip up Hazleton Area’s Damon Horton during the District 2 Class 6A final.