Delaware Val­ley braces for po­tent State Col­lege

The Times-Tribune - - Sports - BY MARTY MY­ERS STAFF WRITER

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.”

BOB GAE­TANO / CON­TRIBUT­ING PHOTOGRAPHER

Delaware Val­ley’s Kyle Obiso, left, and James Secor (10) trip up Ha­zle­ton Area’s Da­mon Hor­ton dur­ing the District 2 Class 6A fi­nal.

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