Val­ley View romps way into ti­tle game

The Times-Tribune - - SPORTS - BY JOBY FAWCETT STAFF WRITER

BLAKELY — On a frigid Satur­day af­ter­noon, Val­ley View turned up the heat and the in­ten­sity.

That cre­ated an avalanche of points as the un­beaten and top-seeded Cougars romped to a 61-12 win over No. 4 West Scran­ton in the Dis­trict 2 Class 4A semi­fi­nals at John Hen­zes/vet­er­ans Me­mo­rial Sta­dium.

Val­ley View (12-0), the de­fend­ing cham­pion, will host sec­ond-seeded Dal­las (11-1) on Fri­day for the ti­tle. The teams met in Week 8 when the Cougars posted a 33-0 win.

Ma­son Kordish led the on­slaught with 155 yards on 13 car­ries and three touch­downs in the first half. He pushed his sea­son rush­ing to­tal to 1,652 yards, eclips­ing a fam­ily

record held by his fa­ther, the late Randy Kordish, who had 1,556 yards in 1987.

That was a goal for the se­nior tail­back. So, too, was a 12th straight win as the Cougars be­came the third team in the school’s sto­ried his­tory to win its first 12 games of a sea­son, join­ing the un­beaten Class 2A state cham­pi­ons from 1992 and the 1977 team.

“It was a mile­stone along the way, but it’s all about the dis­trict playoffs now,” Kordish said. “I’ll take it and cel­e­brate for the week­end, then it’s time to get ready for the cham­pi­onship game.”

Janaasah Boone also had his usual im­pact both run­ning and throw­ing the ball. The ex­plo­sive ju­nior quar­ter­back had 101 yards rush­ing on five car­ries with two touch­downs and threw a touch­down.

He in­creased his sea­son pass­ing yards to 1,012 and his rush­ing to­tal to 705.

“Know­ing that we were able to push up the field like that and keep striv­ing for greatness was big,” Boone said. “Our line is block­ing likean­n­flline.the­holes were huge and we just had to run through them.”

De­fen­sively, Val­ley View over­pow­ered the In­vaders (7-5).

Line­backer Ryan Turlip got the Cougars go­ing by in­ter­cept­ing a screen pass on the game’s third play and re­turn­ing it 22 yards for a touch­down.

“I just trusted my eyes and when I caught it, I knew my team­mates would pick up the blocks,” Turlip said. “That was a re­ally crazy start.”

Val­ley View also had a fum­ble re­cov­ery and Jaden Du­p­lessis had an in­ter­cep­tion — his fifth of the sea­son — both lead­ing to scor­ing drives in the first half.

West Scran­ton re­sponded to the Cougars’ first touch­down with a me­thod­i­cal 11-play, 80-yard drive that Kevin Wil­liams fin­ished with a 1-yard run to draw within 7-6 with 4:34 left in the first quar­ter.

From there, Val­ley View lim­ited the In­vaders to 44 yards on their next 21 plays as Cyler Roz­ina col­lected four tack­les as the lead swelled to 49-6 by half­time.

“We just had to click as a group,” Roz­ina said. “It was a great at­mos­phere and we had to match their in­ten­sity and I think we did that.

“I feel like our de­fen­sive line made some ad­just­ments af­ter be­ing mis­aligned on that first drive.”

Fol­low­ing a pow­er­ful surge from the of­fen­sive line, Kordish ripped off five runs of at least 20 yards that in­cluded scor­ing bursts of 20, 30 and 20 yards be­fore he ex­ited the game in the sec­ond quar­ter to rest.

“The of­fense wasn’t on the field in the first quar­ter, so we just tried to stay warm and made sure that when we came out we had to play on fire,” Kordish said.

Boone scored on runs of 41 and 8 yards and found Alex Savkov for a 15-yard touch­down to close the first-half scor­ing.

West Scran­ton’s Evan Mc­cloe scored on a 14-yard run in the third quar­ter af­ter Val­ley View had sub­sti­tuted for its starters.

Ian Lit­tle scored in the third quar­ter on a 12-yard run and Matt Smith added a 9-yard score in the fourth as the two sopho­mores com­bined for 39 rush­ing yards in the sec­ond half.

Zack Man­chak, a ju­nior, con­trib­uted 38 yards rush­ing for the Cougars, who had 345 yards on 33 car­ries to fin­ish av­er­ag­ing 10.5 yards per carry.

JAKE DANNA STEVENS / STAFF PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

Val­ley View’s Jaden Du­p­lessis re­turns a kick Satur­day.

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