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Hilling, Howanitz Help Power Valley View past Dallas 31-14

Tagged under: District 2, Gameday Hub, pfn, Playoffs

| November 13, 2022

Dallas head coach Rich Mannello said earlier in the week ”the quarterback is 6-foot-5 and 240 pounds and is a heck of a kid. They have the district 100-meter champ at tailback.” That quote aged like fine wine as Hilling ran for 131 yards and a touchdown, and Howanitz accounted for 4 touchdowns 2 through the air and 2 on the ground.

Valley View (10-2) will play at Crestwood (11-1) for the District 2 4A title.

The Cougars forced a three-and-out on the Mountaineer’s first drive and never looked back. Eight plays later on fourth and 1, Howanitz took it In from a yard out to give Valley View an early 6-0 lead with 6:22 left in the first quarter.

The Cougars added 2 scores in the second quarter. First Howanitz connected with Dominic Memo on a 17 yard slant to extend the Cougar’s lead to 12-0 after a failed 2-point attempt. The second score of the quarter came after a Chris Savkov interception. Savkov interception return for 23 yards helped set up the Cougar’s score just 4 plays later when Hilling took it in from 2 yards out to extend the lead to 18-0 with 4:31 left. Dallas responded back in 3 plays when 2,000 yard rusher Parker Bolesta led the Mountaineers downfield. The drive was capped off when Dylan Geskey took it from 8 yards out to cut the lead down to 11 as the half ended.

The Cougars ruled out any ideas of Dallas comeback on their opening drive of the second half. Facing a third and sixteen, Howanitz rolled out under pressure and flipped it to Connor Hilling who used his 100-meter champion speed to race up the sidelines for a 53 yard touchdown. The Highlight reel play extended the Cougar’s lead to 25-7 with 8:31 left. The Cougars would add one more score late in the quarter. After forcing a turnover on downs, the Cougars would march 60 yards in seven plays before the drive was capped by a Howaintz QB sneak. Which extended the Cougar’s lead 31-7 with 42 seconds left.

The only score of the fourth quarter came when RB Parker Bolesta took it in from 5 yards out. For Bolesta it was his 31st touchdown of the season a district 2 high.

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