ABINGTON 28HAZLETON 14
CLARKS SUMMIT – J.C. Show (pronounced hou) put on a show Saturday afternoon.
The Abington Heights receiver contributed in every phase of the game against Hazleton Area as the Comets downed the Cougars 28-14 before a packed house at “The Pit.”
The sophomore receiver caught eight passes for 116 yards and two scores. He also intercepted a pass while playing cornerback and recovered a fumble on a special teams play.
“All of our players were resilient today,” said Abington Heights coach Joe Repshis. “We responded well in the second half after some fundamental mistakes early.”
The Comets were fundamentally sound on the opening series of the game. Junior quarterback Dante Pasqualichio led Abington Heights on a 7-play, 65-yard drive in just over two minutes.
It appeared that the series was going to be cut short on third-and-7 from the Comets 38-yard line. Pasqaulichio was seemingly wrapped up in the backfield when he spun free and completed a 13-yard shuffle pass to senior tailback Corey Degilio that kept the drive alive. Two plays later, Show caught a pass down the right sideline and rumbled 45 yards down to the Cougar 1-yard line. Sophomore running back Quinn Karam took it in from there, staking the Comets to a 7-0.
After a failed Cougar drive, junior wide receiver Jamie Henzes fielded a punt at the Cougar 46-yard line and returned it 42 yards to the 4-yard line. Karam bulldozed his way into the end zone again to give the Comets a 14-0 lead with 11:42 to go in the first half.
Hazleton had a drive stalled half way through the second quarter as a result of back to back penalties. The Cougars were whistled for nine penalties totaling 60 yards in the game.
Senior running back Brian Campbell burst through the line and sprinted 22 yards to the Cougar 44. A few players later, however, Show stepped in front of a Chad Hoffman pass and returned it 56 yards to the Cougar 10-yard line as time expired.
Hazleton appeared to have adjusted their game plan at the half and came out running the ball on a series of sweeps that seemed to perplex Abington Heights defenders.
Senior Yousef Guzman shed two tackles and broke off a run to the outside for 13 yards early in the third period. That run was followed by an impressive 60-yard jaunt down the right side line by Brian Campbell that led to a touchdown. The score cut the Comet lead to 14-6.
Abington Heights wasted no time in responding to the Cougar score. Sophomore running back Sean Rock ripped off a 46-yard run down to the Hazleton 20-yard line. Three plays later Pasqaulichio hit a diving Show in the corner of the end zone with a 16-yard touchdown pass that extended the Comets lead to 21-6 with 8:41 to go in the third quarter.
AH – 3yd run Karam (Pacyna kick) 9:49
AH – 4yd run Karam (Pacyna kick) 11:42
HA – 60yd run Campbell (kick failed) 11:20
AH – Show 16yd pass from Pasqualichio (Pacyna kick) 8:41
AH – Show 18yd pass from Pasqualichio (Pacyna kick) 11:53
HA – Hoffman 10 yd run (Kehler pass from Hoffman) :59
Passing – Abington: Pasqaulichio 12-21 142 2td ; Hazleton: Hoffman 9-21 100.
Rushing – Abington: Rock 5-58, Degilio 5-51, Karam 6-26, Kearney 3-17, Fox 3-17, Riggi 1-7; Hazleton: Campbell 9-101, 11-80, td, Guzman 2-16, Fendrick 1-5, Victoria 1-1, Zukoski 2-0, Kehler 1-(-1).
Receiving – Abington: Show 8-116, 2 td, Degilio 2-17, Dickinson 1-8, Langan 1-1; Hazleton: Fendrick 4-30, Palko 1-43, Zukoski 1-15, Guzman 1-11, Campbell 1-(-1), Hischar 1-2.
Ints – Show 1.