Comets win thriller on foot on sophomore kicker
Armetta nails 25 yarder to down Delaware Valley
By Frank Kastreva, WVCD2.com
CLARKS SUMMIT- A sunsplashed Saturday afternoon at “The Pit” in Clarks Summit was the stage for a battle of district two powers as the Abington Heights Comets played host to the Delaware Valley Warriors.
Abington Heights would come in with a record of 5-1 while Delaware Valley came in 4-2 with their playoff hopes on the line
The hero on the day would be a sophomore from Abington Heights in the form of Charlie Armetta, who booted a 25 yarder with only .5 seconds left in the game.
Delaware Valley would take the early 6-0 lead with Dan Saita capping the drive on a four yard jaunt. The Warriors would go for two after an Abington Heights penalty, but failed to execute the conversion.
Abington Heights took the lead with 6:14 left in the second quarter as So. QB Mike Beamish capped a scoring drive on a two yard keeper. It was Beamish’s first play under center, coming in on a rushing down. Armetta nailed the PAT with the score Comets 7 Warriors 6.
Sr. RB Eric Ofcharsky was the next to find paydirt for the Comets on a four yard jaunt to the goldzone. Armetta, again nailed the PAT to pad Abington Height’s lead.
Delaware Valley got back on the scoreboard with only :34 seconds left in the first half as Saita scored on a four yard dash. Saita also added a two point conversion knotting the score at 14 a piece.
There would be no more scoring until the fourth quarter, it was then the football gods shined their little light on the Comets as Delaware Valley muffed a punt and Abington Heights recovered deep in DV territory.
Abington Heights would take advantage of the Warriors miscue with Ofcahrsky finding the goldzone on a six yard rumble. Armetta booted the PAT and AH had the lead with 8:36 left in the game.
Del Val would answer with Saita scoring his third TD of the afternoon on a one yard jaunt to paydirt. Jr. K Anthony Cavallaro nailed the PAT knotting the score at 21.
Saita would score all of Delaware Valley’s points except for the one PAT made by Cavallaro, but it was not enough to keep Abington Heights from winning it in thrilling fashion.
Abington Heights would march right down the gridiron on their last drive of the game setting Armetta up for the winning 25 yard boot.
With the win Abington Heights moved to 6-1 and is in control for a district 2 class AAA playoff birth.
Delaware Valley, on the other hand, have certainly hurt their chances for a playoff birth, especially with the Valley West win over Hazleton Area on Friday night.
Both Valley West and Delaware Valley are 4-3, but with the Spartans win against HA they gained 180 playoff points and are currently above Del Val in the playoff race in AAAA.
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