Abington Heights at Delaware Valley (2016 Varsity)
On Friday, October 28 2016 at 7 p.m., the DV Warriors beat Abington Heights by a score of 26 - 8.
MILFORD — Twice in the first half, Abington Heights defenders had good coverage on Delaware Valley wide receivers.
Both times, Warriors quarterback Matt Cavallaro made an even better throw. The senior’s prolific passing along with stout play from the defense led Delaware Valley to a 26-8 win over Abington Heights in a Lackawanna Football Conference Division 1 game Oct. 28.
Cavallaro, who completed 13 of 29 passes for 219 yards and three touchdowns, connected with C.J. Anderson for a 37-yard score over the outstretched arms of Brandon Hardy in the end zone on Delaware Valley second possession of the contest.
“Their quarterback is very athletic and puts the ball in places where only his receivers can go up and get it,” Abington Heights head coach Joe Repshis said. “I thought our defensive backs played very well. They were in position to make plays, but their receivers came down with the ball.”
Abington Heights’ Owen Hivner blocked the extra point attempt, but the Warriors led 6-0 with 6:35 remaining in the first quarter.
Delaware Valley (8-2, 3-0 LFC Div. 1) converted the first of five Abington Heights turnovers into points when Cavallaro found Tyler Smith for a 25-yard touchdown, one play after Trevor Smith intercepted a pass from Comets quarterback Colin McCreary.
“Our defense did a great job,” Cavallaro said. “Anytime we made a mistake on offense, our defense gave us the ball right back.”
The Warriors added to their lead in the final minute of the first half when Cavallaro capped a 6-play, 40-yard drive with an 11-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Smith in the front corner of the end zone despite at attempt by Tom Rothenberger to knock the ball away.
“(Delaware Valley) is a very good football team,” Repshis said. “In the first half, they were able to make some big plays and jump ahead on the scoreboard.”
Dylan Kelly and Tyler Smith led Delaware Valley with 66 and 63 yards receiving, respectively, but Cavallaro completed passes to six different players.
“They’re all making plays out there,” Cavallaro said. “It’s real easy when I can throw it to anyone, short, deep or over the middle and know they’re either going to make a huge play by breaking a tackle or make a good catch on a bad throw.”
Ryan Obiso, who gained 91 yards on 23 carries, ran 2 yards for a touchdown to give the Warriors a 26-0 lead with 6:45 left in the third quarter.
McCreary provided a highlight for Abington Heights by forcing and returning an Obiso fumble 37 yards for a touchdown with 1:50 remaining in the third quarter. McCreary also connected with Hardy on the two-point conversion attempt.
“There hasn’t been any quit in these guys all season,” Repshis said. “I’m extremely proud of that effort. You have to believe that as long as there is time on the clock, there is the chance to make a play and get back in the game.”
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