Mid Valley halts Lions
BY HERB SMITH
CLINTON TWP. – Mid Valley started fast and finished strong.
The Spartans scored two touchdowns in the first quarter and then halted a rally with a turnover and another score late in the fourth quarter to post a 27-13 win over Lackawanna Trail in a non-league game Friday at Lion’s Pride Stadium.
Mid Valley (3-2) came out on fire with a strong running game and Josh Gorton scored on touchdown runs of 27 and 16 yards to give the Spartans a 14-0 lead in the first quarter.
“Our offense is starting to look a lot better,” Mid Valley coach Dave Rebar said. “The kids are working hard at it. They are starting to understand what we are trying to do.”
The Spartans’ defense was equally impressive and held Lackawanna Trail, which had averaged 41 points through its first four games of the season, without a first down in the first half.
“Offensively, we did well in the beginning and then we started to struggle and our defense got tested again and they helped us a lot,” Rebar said. “The defense did a great job.”
Lackawanna Trail (4-1) forced a punt on Mid Valley’s first possession of the second half and on the Lions’ first play, Jonathon Zedar ran 84 yards for a touchdown to cut the lead to 14-7.
Mid Valley answered with a 3-yard touchdown run by Tyler Collins however on its next drive. Lackawanna Trail drove to the Spartans’ 30 on its next possession, but a fumble ended the drive.
The Lions’ defense force a punt and took possession on their own 31. Trail drove to the Spartans’ 18 and on fourth-and-8 Vic Mallory hit Zedar for an 18-yard touchdown pass to cut the lead to 21-13.
The Lions forced another punt and got the ball back with 4:24 remaining in the fourth quarter. But on another fourth down, Jake Guzzi intercepted a pass for Mid Valley and returned the ball to the end zone, but the touchdown was nullifed on a pass interference. Still, Mid Valley retained possession, and five plays later Gorton scored his third touchdown on a 14-yard run with 59 seconds remaining.
“They were more physical than us on offense and defense,” Lackawanna Trail coach Steve Jervis said. “We had a tough time getting any kind of rhythm on offense and that puts a lot of pressure on our defense. Give credit to them, they came in with a good game plan.”
Gorton finished with 127 yards rushing and three TDs and Collins had 113 yards rushing and a score.
Zedar had 163 total yards and two touchdowns for Lackawanna Trail.
“I’m very proud of our kids’ effort,” Jervis said. “They are gutsy kids. But, even down the stretch, we just made too many mistakes and Mid Valley capitalized on a couple of those. I’d like to see us come out with more intensity in the first half. That was the difference tonight.”
Mid Valley 14 0 7 6 – 27
Trail 0 0 7 6 -13
MV – Gorton 27 run (kick failed), 8:36.
MV – Gorton 16 run (Collins run), 3:01.
LT – Zedar 84 run (Phillips kick), 7:36.
MV – Collins 3 run (Collins kick), 0:42.
LT – Zedar 18 pass from Mallory (kick blocked), 6:42.
MV – Gorton 14 run (kicked blocked), 0:59.
First downs 17 6
Rushing-Att-Yards 48-292 19-121
Comp-Att-Yards 8-19-0 9-27-2
Passing yards 134 104
Total yards 426 225
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 1-1
Penalties-Yards 10-95 2-15
Rushing: MV – J. Gorton 15-127, 3 TDs; T. Collins 19-113, 1 TD; T. Shay 8-30; M. Walsh 3-18; R. Kenny 1-3; J. Kline 1-2; Team 1-(-1). LT – J. Zedar 9-101, 1 TD; V. Mallory 4-14; C. Rosiak 1-7; J. Phillips 3-3; B. Tuft 2-(-4).
Passing: MV – T. Shay 5-12-0, 106; M. Walsh 3-7-0, 28. LT – V. Mallory 9-27-2, 104, 1 TD.
Receiving: MV – T. Collins 3-59; R. Kenny 3-47; M. Larusso 1-16; D. Wood 1-12. LT – L. Dougherty 4-30; J. Zedar 3-62, 1 TD; J. Phillips 1-0; B. Tuft 1-12.
Lackawanna Trail’s Jordan Hannon makes a tackle for the Lions offense against Mid Valley on Friday night. PHOTO COURTESY OF ALICE STUFFLE.
Hunter Crock prepares to snap the ball to Lions’ quarterback Victor Mallory during their game against Mid Valley on Friday night. PHOTO COURTESY OF ALICE STUFFLE.