WILKES-BARRE — Wyoming Valley West spent Friday night like it didn’t want to play football next weekend. And that was a good thing.
The Spartans scored on their first eight possessions, overwhelming Coughlin 55-14 in a Wyoming Valley Conference interdivisional game at Wilkes-Barre Memorial Stadium.
Valley West (8-2) claimed the top seed in the District 2 Class 5A playoffs and the bye that went with it.
“I didn’t see that coming,” Valley West coach Pat Keating said. “Our guys came out intense and fired up. Every week right now we’re getting a little better and playing complete games, playing well on both side of the ball.”
The Spartans will host the D2-5A championship game on Nov. 11, playing the winner of the semifinal game between Wallenpaupack (3-7) and Abington Heights (6-4). The semifinal game will be at Abington Heights on Saturday, Nov. 5.
Coughlin (5-5) will play at Valley View (6-4) next Friday in a D2-4A quarterfinal game.
“I’m embarrassed. I’m embarrassed how we played,” Coughlin coach Ciro Cinti said. “We didn’t come out from the get-go. We had some guys who got hurt, we had injuries, but other guys have to step up.”
The extra week should be beneficial for Valley West and especially for standout running back Sean Judge. Judge suffered a deep cut to a finger on his left hand last week against Crestwood. It was originally feared he broke the finger.
Judge, though, showed no ill effects Friday night, although he was limited to offense. He scored three touchdowns, including the first on a 53-yard catch-and-run where quarterback Aaron Austin roamed around the backfield before finding him.
Austin was on top of his game as well. The senior completed 7 of 7 passes for 143 yards and two touchdowns. The second TD pass was a 4-yarder to Darrian Tyson that put Valley West up 21-0 on the first play of the second quarter. Tyson made it 28-0 by fielding a punt on one hop and weaving his way 45 yards to the end zone.
Judge completed the first-half onslaught with TD runs of 5 and 8 yards to make it 42-7 at halftime.
Valley West also scored on its first possession of the third quarter as Austin ran in for his second touchdown, this one from 17 yards away. He also had a 39-yard scoring run in the first quarter.
The only possession Valley West failed to score on was its last with reserves from both teams on the field.
Wyo. Valley West 55, Coughlin 14
Wyo. Val. West`14`28`13`0`—`55
WVW — Sean Judge 53 pass from Aaron Austin (Jake Gurtis kick), 9:54
WVW — Austin 39 run (Gurtis kick), 3:12
WVW — Darrian Tyson 4 pass from Austin (Gurtis kick), 3:12
WVW — Tyson 45 punt return (Gurtis kick) 9:23
COU — Jake Cole 2 run (Michael Cinti kick), 5:24
WVW — Judge 5 run (Gurtis kick), 3:27
WVW — Judge 8 run (Gurtis kick), 1:34
WVW — Austin 17 run (kick failed), 8:03
COU — Jervone Young 2 run (Cinti kick), 1:22
WVW — Zach Davies 7 run (Allesio Orlandini kick), 0:29
RUSHING — WVW, Judge 8-32, Austin 7-98, Sean Mikovitch 4-36, Tyson 1-17, Quaid BRaddy 2-12, Carson Canavan 4-25, Jayden Watkins 2-10, Jake Shusta 1-5. Coughlin Cole 14-106, Vincent Todd 18-35, Young 4-6, Jared Kline 1-(minus-2), Matt Zalaffi 3-19, Taylor Banas 1-2.
PASSING — WVW, Austin 7-7-0-143. Coughlin, Todd 2-3-0-13.
RECEIVING — WVW, Judge 4-105, Tyson 2-21, Rob Dwyer 1-17. Coughlin, Cole 2-13.
INTERCEPTIONS — None.
MISSED FGs — Coughlin, 33 BLK.