KINGSTON —If there’s one thing Wyoming Valley West has it’s an abundance of playmakers. One game, it could be this guy. The next game, someone else.
Friday night, it was running back Sean Judge.
Judge scored four touchdowns — two via ground, one via pass and another on a fumble return — as Valley West kept Coughlin at bay all night for a 49-20 victory in a Wyoming Valley Conference interdivisional game.
Valley West improved to 5-0, defeating its former Thanksgiving Day foe for a sixth consecutive time. Coughlin fell to 3-2.
“Like I said before, I think they’re the best team in the district,” Coughlin coach Ciro Cinti said. “I have the same opinion after playing them. They’re still the best team in the district.”
Four different Spartans found the end zone — three on passes by quarterback Aaron Austin.
“It helps a lot because you can’t just key on one guy,” Judge said. “You got to worry about all of us. Anyone can have a big game any game.”
Judge was the guy Friday.
After Coughlin stunned Valley West with a 53-yard TD run by Zach King on the game’s fourth play, Judge raced 55 yards for a touchdown to tie the score 7-7. Then after Devon Weidman caught a 25-yard touchdown pass, Judge made it 21-7 going into halftime with a 12-yard touchdown reception on a middle screen. The score capped an 11-play drive.
“Like I said last week, this is a pretty resilient group and they didn’t panic,” Valley West coach Pat Keating said. “Offensively tonight, we had a pretty good game against a good team over there. That’s a talented bunch and a big, physical group.”
Valley West then scored on its first two possessions of the third quarter to build its lead to 35-14. Judge, who finished with 150 yards rushing on just nine carries, ended a 10-play drive with a 6-yard run. Tight end L.J. Wesneski later hauled in a 15-yard touchdown pass from Austin, a first-year starter who increased his TD pass total to 11.
“It just depends on the night,” Keating said. “I have a lot of confidence in these guys. They are really a fun group to be around. It makes my job easy.”
Judge finished off the scoring by ripping the ball from a Coughlin ball carrier and racing 75 yards for his final touchdown.
Coughlin was minus leading rusher Jake Cole. The sophomore running back injured his lower leg at practice. He’s expected to play against Williamsport next Friday.
King proved to be a solid replacement, rushing 15 times for 115 yards to post his second 100-yard game of the season.
“You have to limit your mistakes,” Cinti said. “It’s tough to match up with this team. You have to make the most of your opportunities and we didn’t. The kids played hard. But you drive the ball and then fumble.”
Wyo. Valley West 49, Coughlin 20
Wyo. Valley West`7`14`14`14`—`49
COU — Zach King 53 run (Michael Cinti kick), 10:115
WVW — Sean Judge 55 run (Jake Gurtis kick), 5:53
WVW — Devon Weidman 25 pass from Aaron Austin (Gurtis kick), 9:21
WVW — Judge 12 pass from Austin (Gurtis kick), 0:53
WVW — Judge 6 run (Gurtis kick), 7:02
COU — King 13 pass from Jacob Soller (Gurtis kick), 3:24
WVW — LJ Wesneski 15 pass from Austin (Gurtis kick), 0:38
COU — King 1 run (kick blocked), 11:10
WVW — Chris Melovitz (Gurtis kick), 9:46
WVW — Judge 75 fumble return (Gurtis kick), 6:10
RUSHING — Coughlin, King 15-115, Soller 14-54, Chris Wright 11-31, Vince Todd 1-4, team 1-(minus-1). WVW, Judge 9-150, Bill Davison 4-13, Austin 7-33, Melovitz 5-64, Zach Davies 1-4, Mike Baird 4-19, team 4-(minus-10).
PASSING — Coughlin, Soller 2-6-0-19. WVW, Austin 13-18-0-178.
RECEIVING — Coughlin, Todd 1-6, King 1-13. WVW, Weidman 5-63, Judge 2-42, Wesneski 3-54, Melovitz 1-8, Chris Reese 2-11.
INTERCEPTIONS — None
MISSED FGs —None