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Wet and Wild, Scranton Prep outlasts Valley View 17-10

Tagged under: District 2, Gameday Hub, News

| October 30, 2021


It was labeled ”The Game” and in a packed house in Peckville, the game did not disappoint. Despite harsh winds and heavy rainfall, the Cavilers found a way to hand Valley View its first loss of the season. It was a big win for the Cavilers as they not only secured the Lackawanna division 2 title but also the top seed in 3A

The Cavilers received the opening kickoff and went right to their workhouse, London Montgomery, who finished the game with 260 yards and 2 touchdowns, and would single handily march his way downfield to the Valley View 11-yard line, before punching it in for the Caviler’s first touchdown and with 7:25 left on the clock, the Cavilers led 7-0. Valley View could not generate any offense in the first quarter as the Caviler’s defense held them to just 4 yards.

Valley View’s offense would come alive in the second quarter.  On their opening drive that would take 6:29 off the clock,  Connor Hilling would make the big play. A huge 48-yard run would set up Cougars for the score. Several plays later,  Colin Skeen would find the end zone from 9 yards, and with 6:37 on the clock, this game was now tied at 7-7.  The game’s major controversy would come late in the quarter, with less than a minute left on the clock. Valley View’s, quarterback, Dominic Memo, from Scranton Prep 12-yard line would throw right to the corner off the end zone to Sean Mackinder who made a great catch to what everyone in attendance thought was the go-ahead touchdown, but the officials ruled that Mackinder caught it and went out of bounds at the 1-yard line. The Cougars would have 2 chances to punch it in from the 1-yard line, but the Cavilers came up with the goal-line stand to keep this game tied at 7-7 at the half.

The Cougars would have another long 6 plus minute drive that ended in points on the board. Despite terrible conditions, Matt Cole would boot one in from 39 yards out to give the Cougars their first lead of the game with 6:32 remaining in the quarter, 10-7. The Cavilers did what the Cavilers do best and that’s smash-mouth football, Montgomery would once again single-handedly lead an 80-yard drive down to the Valley View 3-yard line and then punch it in from 3 yards out with 2:28 left, to give Prep a 14-10 lead.


The fourth quarter would see both team’s defenses buckle down before Montgomery led another drive downfield that resulted in points on the board. Raymond Rinaldi, despite the weather that had severely picked up since the third quarter, would boot one in from 25 yards out to give Prep the 17-10 lead with 5:12 left in the game. The Cougars would get a chance to try to rally a comeback, but it wouldn’t be enough.  With  1.29 left on the clock Colin Skeens’s pass to Dominic Memo would fall incomplete, handing the ball over to the Cavilers. Prep would knee out the rest of the clock and when the horn sounded, the Prep student body stormed the field and celebrate with the players, something the program had been waiting for since their loss in week 5 of last year.

The Tentative schedule right now has Scranton Prep as the 1 seed in 3A and having a bye in the first round while Valley View the top seed in 4A would play host to Crestwood

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