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Cougars break away in 3rd quarter

Camryn Higgins ran for two of the three touchdowns Valley View scored while breaking the game open in a six-minute stretch of the third quarter that carried the visiting Cougars to a 35-17 victory over Honesdale Friday night.

The Cougars led 7-3 at halftime of the non-league game between Lackawanna Football Conference teams.

Connor Hilling ran 20 yards for a touchdown before being replaced by Higgins, who scored from 3 and 63 yards. Kyle Rupp scored on a two-point conversion pass from Casey Malsberger following the second Higgins touchdown, giving Valley View a 28-3 lead.

Isaac Carmody ran 81 yards for a Honesdale touchdown to make it 28-10 going to the fourth quarter.

Valley View’s Preston Reed scored on a 14-yard run in the first quarter.

Max Mickel finished a big game for Honesdale (1-2) by scoring the last touchdown on an 8-yard run.

Mickel ran for 57 yards and a touchdown, kicked a 32-yard field goal and a pair of extra point and led the defense with 7 tackles and 10 assists.

C.J. Hinton added six tackles and five assists for the Hornets.

The Honesdale defense spent a lot of time on the field, starting with a game-opening, 19-play, 75-yard drive that took almost 10 minutes off the clock.

Hilling capped the drive by scoring from the 1.

Higgins finished with 115 yards on 7 carries. Reed was 8-for-68and Hilling 16-for-62 as the Cougars (2-1) rushed for 265 yards.

Valley View outgained Honesdale, 334-208.

Taheed Jewell caught 5 passes for 51 yards.

Jewell also joined Connor Swartz in picking off paces as Valley View came up with a series of big defensive plays.

Dylan Walsh forced a fumble that Gianni Marino recovered. Steven Halloran had two sacks while Jeff Kondash and Robert Altieri had one each.

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