The offense may have taken on a different look at times, but Colin Skeen made sure the results were the same.
In unbeaten Valley View’s first game since starting quarterback Adam Howanitz suffered a season-ending knee injury, Skeen scored three first-half touchdowns to lead a 46-24 road victory over Wallenpaupack in a non-league game between Lackawanna Football Conference teams.
Skeen handled some of the quarterback duties and remained a receiving threat when he did not. He scored on runs of 15 yards in the first quarter and 66 in the second quarter, then an 80-yard pass from Dominic Memo to help the Cougars open a 32-7 halftime lead.
Valley View opened the game with a 10-play, 80-yard drive that chewed up half the first quarter and resulted in Skeen’s first touchdown for a 7-0 lead.
The teams traded fumbles before the Cougars defense forced a three-and-out.
Valley View drove again, covering 60 yards in 8 plays on a drive that carried into the second quarter before Connor Hilling’s 16-yard touchdown made it 14-0.
After the two long drives, Valley View’s next two touchdowns took three plays.
Skeen ran 66 yards on the second play of the next possession and Sean Mackinder passed to Dante Randle for the two-pointer and a 22-0 lead.
Wallenpaupack responded quickly. On third-and-five, Mabret Levant hit T.J. Schmalzle with a slant pattern that went for a 67-yard touchdown.
Valley View got the score right back on the next play when Skeen took a Memo slant pass 80 yards for the score.
The Cougars forced two punts and got the ball back just in time for Memo to move the team down the field with two pass completions to set up Matt Cole’s 29-yard field goal with three seconds left in the half.
Valley View’s Taheed Jewell opened the second-half scoring with a 68-yard interception return to increase the lead to 39-7, but Wallenpaupack fought back with the next three scores.
Hilling added the clinching touchdown run for Valley View and finished with 150 yards on 18 carries. Skeen had 105 yards on 4 carries.
Memo finished 6-for-10 with 142 yards passing.
Schmalzle caught 6 passes for 161 yards and 2 touchdowns for Wallenpaupack. Mabret Levant was 9-for-14 passing for 184 yards and the 2 touchdowns while also running for a score.
Shadrak Agyei carried 21 times for 110 yards.
Roman Levant made a 45-yard field goal during the comeback attempt.
Valley View improved to 7-0.
Wallenpaupack lost its fifth straight since a 2-0 start.
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