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Cougars pull away in 2nd quarter

Adam Howanitz surpassed 100 yards both rushing and passing and used both approaches to produce touchdowns during a 21-point second quarter that sent Valley View on its way to a 45-6 rout of visiting Abington Heights in a non-league game between Lackawanna Football Conference teams.

Howanitz carried 13 times for 107 yards and a score while going 9-for-12 for 122 yards and 2 touchdowns passing.

Valley View is the top-ranked Big School in the Gaughan Auto Store Super Six Power Rankings of LFC and Wyoming Valley Conference teams on The Cougars are 3-0, outscoring opponents, 114-34.

Abington Heights dropped its second straight to fall to 1-2.

The Cougars rushed for 309 yards to finish with 431 yards total offense. They came up just short of putting Howanitz and Connor Hilling over 100 yards rushing together for the third straight game.

Hilling carried 11 times for 87 yards. He ran for two touchdowns after catching a Howanitz pass for the first touchdown of the game.

Sean Mackinder had 5 catches for 81 yards, including Howanitz’s other touchdown pass.

The Cougars had an apparent 69-yard touchdown called back by a penalty on the game’s first play, but kept driving and wound up scoring after taking the first 6:23 off the clock.

Howanitz hit Hilling 6-yard screen pass for the touchdown.

Abington Heights came right back with a 78-yard drive to cut the Valley View lead to 7-6. The Comets scored what wound up being their only points when P.T. Cutrufello hit Matthew Show for a 33-yard touchdown.

Valley View went right back down the field to score just 37 seconds into the second quarter for a 14-6 lead. Mackinder scored that touchdown on a 39-yard pass from Howanitz.

Hilling’s 15-yard touchdown run with 7:52 left in the half pushed the lead to 21-6.

The Comets forced the Cougars into a putting situation for the first time to take possession in Valley View territory with 23 seconds left in the half.

Andrew Heid intercepted, headed for the left sideline, then worked his way back inside for a 66-yard return to the 4.

Howanitz started rolling right and quickly turned upfield to score from there as time expired in the half.

Hilling ran 19 yards for a touchdown early in the third quarter and Matt Cole added a 35-yard field goal late to make it 38-6 going to the fourth quarter.

Jalliw Ferrer ran 5 yards for a touchdown with less than two minutes remaining, putting the end of the game into Mercy Rule conditions.


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