WEST PITTSTON — Mid Valley held off a Wyoming Area threat to tie the game early in the fourth quarter.
Moments later, the Spartans broke the game open.
Josh Gorton went 71 yards for a touchdown with 8:08 remaining to provide the clinching score as the Spartans won their first game under new coach Dave Rebar, 29-14, over host Wyoming Area Friday night.
Wyoming Area put three first downs together in the same drive for the only time in the game to end the third quarter.
The Warriors (0-2) appeared to set up first-and-goal at the 1 on the second play of the fourth, only to be pushed back by a holding penalty. They ultimately gave the ball up on a missed field goal with 9:48 left.
“The penalty right there is a key penalty,” Wyoming Area coach Randy Spencer said. “You push one in from there, you go for two and the game’s on.
“Again, a critical mistake there put us in a position where we tried to get the three to make it a one-score game.”
Gorton widened the gap by scoring a touchdown when he appeared stopped for the second time in the game. About halfway through his 71-yard run, the Warriors seemed ready to push him out of bounds, but he managed to brush off the shove and tip toe down the sideline for the only score of the second half.
“You’re always lucky to have a kid like Josh Gorton,” Rebar said. “He’s quiet. He doesn’t say much, but he works exceptionally hard.”
Wyoming Area needed two big plays to stay in the game in the first half, which ended with Mid Valley in front, 22-14.
Jeff Skursky ran 39 yards through a huge hole off right tackle on the game’s first play to set up a quick score. A first down on a penalty three plays later was the last of the half for the Warriors, who took a 6-0 lead on Skursky’s 1-yard touchdown run.
Farrad Condry’s 45-yard interception return and Skursky’s two-point conversion run cut a nine-point deficit to one in the second quarter.