CLARKS SUMMIT ‚?? The tone was set just two plays in.
Pittston Area‚??s young quarterback Kyle Gattusso made a mistake, and Abington Heights‚?? senior captain Jerry Langan made it hurt.
The linebacker picked off the errant pass and returned it 42 yards for the score just 45 seconds into the contest. The Comets went on to punch one in the end zone once each quarter as Abington shutout the Patriots, 28-0, at The Pit Saturday afternoon.
Abington (1-0) picked off three passes, two that were returned for touchdowns, and kept constant pressure on a duo of Pittston Area quarterbacks, forcing two sacks and multiple quick passes on routes not yet established ‚?? especially on key moments when Pittston Area was driving.
‚??That was a big play for us early on because it got some points on the board and got us momentum,‚?Ě said AH head coach Joe Repshis. No sequence explains it more than the second quarter. Down 7-0, the Patriots were deep in Abington territory, down to the 15. But one sack and a 2-yard loss on a fullback dive created a third-and-long and left the Patriots with an empty feeling on an incomplete fourth-down pass in the end zone.
‚??We made way too many mistakes,‚?Ě said Patriots head coach Mike Barrett as the team also had six fumbles, losing one of them. ‚??We played a ton of freshmen and sophomores, and we are a young football team. As they begin to get that experience, they will learn not to make those mistakes. We will just move forward.‚?Ě
Down 14-0 in the third, Pittston Area had another opportunity ‚?? down to the Abington 30, but a short run by Justin Wilk and three straight incomplete passes turned it over to the Comets.
It‚??s not like Abington dominated the offensive categories.
Pittston racked up more than 200 yards of offense, and had the opportunities.
Abington just capitalized in the right moments.
‚??I thought that we were right with them from an offensive standpoint and offensive putout,‚?Ě Barrett said. ‚??Our guys started to go down with cramps, and we gave two touchdowns with the interceptions. We will have to go back and address some things.‚?Ě Justin Wilk had 45 yards on the ground for the Patriots, while Marc Romanczuk added 25. Gattusso completed three passes for 42 yards, while James Emmett added 34 through the air.
Abington Heights 28, Pittston Area 0
A ‚?? Jerry Langan 41 yard interception return (Ryan Patrick kick), 11:15
A ‚?? Quinn Karam 3 run (Patrick kick), 0:32
A ‚?? Dante Pasqualichio 50 pass from JC Show (Patrick kick), 2:43
A ‚?? Jamie Henzes 40 yard interception return (Patrick kick), 10:02
RUSHING ‚?? PIT, Justin Wilk 11-45, Zach Erfman 3-35, Marc Romanczuk 8-25, Kyle Gattusso 10-19, Hassan Maxwell 4-7, RJ Haas 1-3, James Emmett 1-(-3), Team 2-(-5); AH, Quinn Karam 6-46, Sean Rock 8-32, Jerry Langan 2-23, Alosha Fox 4-20, Pat Kearny 2-9, Kyle Walsh 4-5.
PASSING ‚?? PIT, Gattusso 3-7-1, 42 yds, Emmett 3-11-2, 34 yds; AH, Dante Pasqualichio 12-20-1, 151 yds, JC Show 0-1-0, 0 yds, Tim Graham 0-1-0, 0 yds.
RECEIVING ‚?? PIT, Maxwell 2-26, Chisdock 2-26, Joe Starnisky 1-16, Schwab 1-8; AH, Show 9-138, Williams 2-11, Rock 1-2