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Written by: John Kotsko on Saturday, August 28th, 2021
Three lightning delays, a rainy night in the Back Mountain. It was quite an interesting way to start the football season. Both teams had to deal with going off and on during the first half. Dallas Head Coach Rich Mannello on the lightning delay “Both sides had to deal with it and safety is the top priority.” Valley View Head Coach George Howanitz on the delay “It’s tough with the stop and gos, the kids were fine and came out and played.” The first delay was before the game started. The second one came with 10:23 in the first quarter then the third and final delay came with 5:31 remaining in the second quarter. Halftime was adjusted to be five minutes instead of the usual fifteen minutes both teams get.
The Cougars would start off well by scoring on their opening drive after the second lightning delay, resulting in a two yard touchdown run by Connor Hilling. The PAT would be blocked to make it 6-0 with 8:20 remaining in the first quarter. The Mountaineers would answer back with a drive of 15 plays that ended with a Parker Bolesta 11 yard touchdown run on fourth and 2. They would hit the PAT to take a 7-6 lead with 2:09 remaining in the first and would lead after the first quarter. The Cougars would proceed to answer with a long drive of their own. They would go 12 plays and score on a Adam Howanitz touchdown run on fourth and goal from the 12 yard line. They would not make the two point conversion and it would be 12-7 with 10:14 remaining in the second quarter. After a Mountaineers punt, the game would end up in a lightning delay. After the delay was over, the Cougars would end the 10 play drive with a two yard touchdown run by Dante Randle to make it 19-7 Valley View as we headed to halftime.
The Cougars would get the ball to start the second half but on the first play, Valley View would fumble and the Mountaineers would recover. The Dallas drive would end with a Jackson Wydra one yard plunge to cut the lead to 19-14 with 5:46 remaining in the third quarter. The Cougars would once again fumble and Dallas would recover. However, they were able to force a Mountaineer punt. We headed the fourth where the floodgates would open as they would get touchdown runs from Adam Howanitz and Connor Hilling as the Cougars would defeat the Dallas Mountaineers 34-14 in Week 1.
Cougar Head Coach George Howanitz on his team’s performance in the fourth after the tough third quarter his team had. “We came back from adversity which I’m happy with the score. Got a little close in the third but got a stop and then we scored” He was pleased with his team’s performance on the ground with four rushing touchdowns. “We think we have a pretty good backfield, thought we caught the ball well tonight, line made some mistakes but I thought we overcame that with big runs.” Dallas Head Coach Rich Mannello on his team’s performance. “We didn’t set the edge well during the game” “We gotta step back from the emotions, biggest improvement will be from this week to next Friday” “Football in 4A is a grind one week at a time and where we are as a football in Week 8, 9 and 10”
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