KINGSTON — Judging by the looks of things, Sean Judge came to play.
The Wyoming Valley West senior was the team’s do-it-all standout Friday night when Pittston Area rolled into Kingston. Judge finished with three total touchdowns, including a pair of interception returns, as the Spartans came away with a 62-13 win over the Patriots.
Judge finished with 28 rushing yards, 28 receiving yards, and picked off a pair of Pittston Area passes en route to 150 yards and two touchdowns. He opened the game by scoring from 16 yards out four minutes in.
But thanks to some inferior special teams play, Wyoming Valley West let Pittston Area back in the game on the ensuing kickoff.
Sophomore Rich Wallace took the kickoff from his own 7. Behind a wall of Patriot blockers, Wallace raced through the midfield en route to a 93-yard touchdown to make it a 7-6 ball game. From there, however, the Patriot scoring would take a backseat to the potent Valley West squad.
Led by junior signal-caller Aaron Austin, the Spartans passing game was on point throughout the first half. Austin finished the half with eight completions for 158 yards and three touchdowns. He didn’t attempt a pass in the second half.
Austin’s first-half scoring strikes went to tight end LJ Wesneski and receiver Devon Weidman. Wesneski hauled in two of those touchdowns – the first on a 14-yard screen pass where he broke several tackles. The second came on a 28-yard strike over the middle. Weidman’s touchdown was from 16 yards out.
While Valley West’s offense was the story in the first quarter – the team led 28-6 – the defense and Judge took center stage in the second.
Judge picked off Pittston Area quarterback Walter Coles and returned it 50 yards for a touchdown early in the second quarter. After Pittston Area put together its best drive of the game in the waning moments of the first half, Judge was at it again.
Pittston Area drove 55 yards to the Valley West 4. On a second-and-goal, Niko Cinquegrani dropped back and threw a quick pass to his right. Judge took the pass and went 100 yards for the score to make it a 55-6 game at halftime.
Also adding touchdowns in the first half for the Spartans were Michael Baird and Bill Davidson. Zach Davies added a 35-yard touchdown in the third quarter.
Pittston Area’s lone offensive touchdown came early in the fourth quarter when sophomore Keemar Woodruff scampered in from 10 yards out.
Valley West limited Pittston Area to just 44 yards on 24 carries. Things didn’t help when starting tailback Carmen Falcone left the game on the first play due to an injury.
Wyoming Valley West 62 Pittston Area 13
Wyo. Valley West`28`27`7`0`—`62
WVW — Sean Judge 16 run (Jake Gurtis kick), 8:13
PA — Rich Wallace 93 kickoff return (kick failed), 7:57
WVW — Devon Weidman 16 pass from Aaron Austin (Gurtis kick), 6:26
WVW — Michael Baird 4 run (Gurtis kick), 3:22
WVW — LJ Wesneski 14 pass from Austin (Gurtis kick), 0:07
WVW — Judge 50 interception return (Gurtis kick), 8:45
WVW — Bill Davidson 35 run (Gurtis kick), 8:28
WVW — Wesneski 28 pass from Austin (Gurtis kick), 4:50
WVW — Judge 100 interception return (kick failed), 0:03
WVW — Zach Davies 35 run (Gurtis kick), 9:09
V — Keemar Woodruff 10 run (Joe Warren kick), 11:56
RUSHING — PA, Ryan Davis 7-17, Walter Coles 4-14, Woodruff 4-13 TD, Carmen Falcone 1-4, Niko Cinquegrani 1-3, Nic Anastasi 1-(-5). WVW, Chris Melovitz 5-87, Davidson 1-35 TD, Austin 6-34, Baird 4-30 TD, Judge 3-28 TD, Sean Mikovitch 5-24, Zach Davies 1-6, James Grady 1-2, Damian Davies 1-2, Paul Sims 1-1.
PASSING — PA, Coles 5-12-81-1, Cinquegrani 2-5-42-1. WVW, Austin 8-10-158-0 3TD.
RECEIVING — PA, Kevin Krawczyk 3-79, Woodruff 1-29, Paul Brady 1-12, Cinquegrani 1-6, Anastasi 1-(-3). WVW, Wesneski 3-62 2TD, Weidman 2-48 TD, Judge 2-28, Chris Reese 1-20.
INTERCEPTIONS — WVW, Judge 2-150 2TD.
MISSED FGs — None.
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