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Cougars race to 48 points in rout

Valley View needed just four offensive plays to score its first five touchdowns Friday night.

The Cougars raced to 42 points 18 seconds into the second quarter, then settled in for a 48-0 rout of West Scranton in a Lackawanna Football Conference Division 2 opener that was the first game to be played this season at Scranton Memorial Stadium.

Unbeaten Valley View, the top Big School team in the Gaughan Auto Store Super Six Power Rankings on, put together a game-opening scoring outburst that included offense, defense and special teams.

The Cougars scored 28 points in 5:15 and 35 in 8:20 to begin the game.

Special teams went first.

Colin Skeen returned the opening kickoff 84 yards for the first of his two first-quarter touchdowns.

The Cougars added the next two scores after three-and-outs by the Invaders.

The defense and punt return teams combined to set up Valley View at the West Scranton 41 and 18.

Connor Hilling took the first offensive play 36 yards, then scored from the 5 on the next play.

Adam Howanitz ran 18 yards for a touchdown on the first play of the second possession.

The Cougars scored again before running another offensive play.

Taheed Jewell returned an interception 32 yards.

Sean Mackinder set up the fifth touchdown and scored the sixth.

Mackinder returned an interception to the 13.

Following a first-down penalty, Valley View scored on the first offensive play.

Howanitz threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Skeen for the 35-0 lead after one quarter.

Valley View added another score 18 seconds into the second quarter on a 27-yard pass from Dominic Memo to Mackinder.

Memo scored the other second-quarter touchdown himself on an 8-yard run to cap a 73-yard drive.

In addition to the interceptions to score one touchdown and set up another, Valley View’s defense held West Scranton to negative yardage rushing.

Valley View has won its five games by a total of 210-34 after shutting out both Scranton School District teams 48-0 in consecutive weeks.

West Scranton has been shut out two straight games and three of the last four. The Invaders have been outscored, 221-13, in their 0-5 start.


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