CLARKS SUMMIT —Delaware Valley sophomore Ryan Obiso had just one reception in Saturday’s Lackawanna Football Conference Division 1 game against Abington Heights, but the 11-yard play that gave the Warriors a first down with three minutes left in the fourth quarter had a big impact on the outcome.
“It meant a lot for me and our team,” Obiso said. “Anything could have happened there; it was just the (right play) at the right time.”
Obiso’s catch allowed the Warriors to take precious time off the clock and force the Comets to travel 87 yards for a potential game-winning score with 1:46 left in the contest.
Delaware Valley’s Lorenzo Curto, who finished the game with three sacks, made the task even tougher by tackling Abington Heights quarterback Jordan Hollander for a 9-yard loss on the second play of the ensuing drive.
Two plays later, Warriors linebacker Austin Cernek stopped Hollander for no gain on a fourth-and-16 play at the Comets’ 7-yard line to seal a 14-7 win.
Ryan Harvey blocked a punt to give the Comets the ball on the Delaware Valley 25-yard line with 8:39 left in the first quarter, but the Abington Heights offense stalled and Colin McCreary missed a 32-yard field goal attempt.
After a scoreless first quarter, Cernek, who accounted for 106 yards on 24 carries, scored on a 12-yard run to cap an eight-play, 94-yard drive with 9:32 remaining in the second quarter.
“Austin is a difference maker,” Delaware Valley head coach Keith Olsommer said. “He’s such an athletic, strong kid and he can do so many things.”
Abington Heights tied the game during the final minute of the first half when Hollander scored on a 10-yard run after connecting with tight end Anthony Kimble for 43 yards two plays earlier.
Delaware Valley quickly regained the lead when Cernek scored on a 2-yard run, after Obiso picked up 19 yards, with 9:46 left in the third quarter.
“It came down to a few plays and you have to give credit to Delaware Valley,” Abington Heights head coach Joe Repshis said. “I’m extremely proud of my players and the effort they gave for four quarters. There is room for improvement in all aspects of the game. We’re going to go back and continue to work and improve on offense, defense and special teams.”
The Comets advanced 75 yards after an interception by Tom Rothenberger, but their scoring threat ended when a pass from Nick Emmett fell incomplete on a fourth-and-5 play from the Warriors’ 25-yard line with less than a minute remaining in the third quarter.
Delaware Valley limited Abington Heights to 149 yards of total offense, including just 54 in the second half.
“(Abington Heights) is a disciplined, well-coached team,” Olsommer said. “To come up here, in a tough place to play, and slow them down a little bit was big for us.”
Abington Heights will host Wallenpaupack in a Lackawanna Football Conference Division 1 game at 2:45 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3 at Comets Stadium.
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