For the second straight week, Wil Garcia gave Hazleton Area the lead over a Lackawanna League team on the road in the fourth quarter.
Delaware Valley stormed right back.
Garcia had lifted the Cougars to a two-point win at Wallenpaupack a week ago. He had Hazleton Area in line for another victory with a short kick midway through the fourth on Friday. But the host Warriors returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown, sparking them to a 42-31 win.
A back-and-forth affair saw multiple lead changes before the Warriors (3-3) took control late in the game.
Star Cougars rusher Damon Horton opened the scoring with a rushing touchdown before Delaware Valley fired back with two scores to take the lead.
Senior wideout Jacob Hunsinger turned in a strong first half by hauling in two touchdown catches to put the Cougars (2-4) back in front, but only briefly as Delaware Valley made it 21-21 at the half.
A Sparky Wolk touchdown and Garcia’s field goal eventually gave the Cougars a 31-28 advantage before the Warriors answered with the play of the game, an 84-yard kickoff return touchdown by Jawon Foushee.
Delaware Valley added another score late to put the game away.
Williamsport 27, Scranton 10
It wasn’t the type of game the Millionaires are used to playing. And it was made tougher by an injury to their top player.
But Williamsport turned in one of its best defensive efforts to help overcome the loss of running back Treyson Potts in a win over fellow Class 6A school Scranton. Quarterback Joe Fagnano figured in on three touchdowns in the victory.
The Williamsport Sun-Gazette reported that Potts limped off the field during the Millionaires’ opening drive on offense and ultimately took a cart off the field. The Minnesota recruit later returned to the sideline but did not play.
Clinging to a 13-10 lead in the fourth, Williamsport (4-2) came up with a blocked punt and turned it into a Blaze McClements touchdown run to create some breathing room.
Fagnano opened the scoring with a 35-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Simmons. After the Knights (1-5) tied it up, Fagnano made it 13-7 on a 1-yard plunge.
After halftime, the Millionaires defense held strong after first-and-goal to force a Scranton field goal.
McClements recovered a fumble deep in Knights territory to set up a put-away 1-yard touchdown run by Fagnano.
Towanda 42, Tunkhannock 32
The visiting Tigers found themselves down 28-7 in the first half before piecing together some offense late in a non-conference loss.
Tunkhannock scored late and added a two-point conversion to pull within 10 points before running out of time. The Tigers fell to 2-4 on the season, ending their two-game winning streak.
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