Comets down Valley West 21-7
Abington Heights keeps Spartans searching for first win
By Frank Kastreva, WVCD2.com
After the Spartans opening night loss to Scranton a win in week two was crucial to making the playoffs. The only problem with that was one of Pennsylvania’s class AAA ranked teams stood in the way, in the form of the Abington Heights Comets.
The Comets wanted nothing more but to keep Valley West from securing the first win of the season and that’s exactly what they did, handing the Spartans their second consecutive loss to the tune of 21-7.
Valley West would take the early seven point lead at the beginning of the 2nd quarter as Sr. QB Jack Crossin hooked up with Sr. WR Ali Muhammad for a 36 yard TD strike. Sr. K Adam Fleisher nailed the PAT with the score Spartans 7, Comets 0. It would be the only time Valley West would see the lead.
Abington Heights would score on their very next series with Sr. WR Ross Cadman hauling in a 13 yard TD strike from Sr. QB Pat Griffin. So. K Charlie Armetta nailed the PAT with the score knotted at seven.
The Comets would take the lead for good after a blocked punt by Cadman that was recovered by Jr. Sean Gretz deep in Spartan territory. Griffin capped the go ahead scoring drive on a one yard keeper. Armetta, again nailed the PAT with the score Comets 14, Spartans 7.
Abington’s final score came with only 9:10 left in the game with So. RB Paul Gallagher capping an impressive scoring drive on a two yard jaunt to the gold zone. Armetta added the PAT with the score Comets 21 Spartans 7.
Valley West was outplayed in the 2nd half, unable to move the ball against the Abington Heights defense.
“We just didn’t play in the second half, we have a lot of guys playing both ways and again we were cramping up in the second half. It looked liked we were out of gas toward the end of the game,” said Spartan Head Coach George Curry after the game.
“As for the cramping, I don’t understand it. We even bought those potassium drinks and keep them on ice. It’s going to be a long season if we can’t go hard all four quarters, added Curry.
The road won’t get any easier for the Spartans next week as the host 2-0 Delaware Valley, which is likely to be the toughest team they will face this season.
After Del Val its Berwick at home, there is no way Valley West wants to go into that one winless, but after the last two weeks its certainly possible.
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