First Posted: 9/12/2014
While the leaves begin to change and the old sweatshirt is dug out of the closet, Friday nights are heating up. Unfortunately for the Patriots, Wyoming Valley West is as hot as any team in the Wyoming Valley Conference.
The Spartans scored 42 first-half points en route to a 56-7 win over Pittston Area in a Wyoming Valley Conference matchup.
Valley West’s gunslinging quarterback Brady Davison continues to impress. The senior signal caller was an efficient 12 for 18 for 222 yards and two touchdowns. He added a 14-yard touchdown scramble as well. Davison now has 10 touchdowns through the first three games, and is approaching the 700-yard mark on the season.
This game, however, started much different than the Spartans anticipated - before Davison had the ball, Valley West was already on the board.
Pittston Area went three-and-out to open the game. A 32-yard punt from Angelo Aita landed in the hands of Sean Judge. Judge danced and cut up the middle of the field and broke off the 60-yard touchdown to open the scoring less than two minutes in.
However, the Patriots would climb right back into the game.
On the Spartans’ next possession, Davison scrambled and fumbled the ball inside the Patriots’ 20. Zack Erfman picked it up and scampered down the sidelines 82 yards, untouched, to get Pittston Area’s scoring going. But that would do it for the bulbs on the Patriot side of the scoreboard.
Kyle Gattuso was just 7 for 17 for 30 yards through the air. He had 20 on the ground. That comes after an all-star performance against Valley View a week ago where he gained more than 300 total yards.
Pittston Area finished with just 91 yards of total offense to Wyoming Valley West’s 469.
Davison’s first touchdown pass went to Judge - a 22-yard strike. He then found his tight end L.J. Wesneski on a 15-yard fade to the back of the end zone midway through the third quarter. Eric Acosta led the Valley West ground attack with 91 yards on 10 carries. He finished with two touchdowns and converted an extra point.
Besides the fumble return for a touchdown from Erfman, Pittston Area’s only bright spot may have been freshman safety Dorien Ryans. Ryans ended last week’s game with an interception. He picked off Davison in this midway through the second quarter.
Things won’t get much easier from here for the Patriots. They’ll play host to Crestwood Friday at Trippi Stadium. The Comets were 63-27 winners of Coughlin this past week in a game that saw only a two-touchdown difference at the half.