Brendan Mozeleski surpassed the 2,000-yard rushing mark on the season and led one last late surge by the Old Forge Blue Devils Friday, but it was not enough to overcome a fast start by unbeaten Williams Valley.
The District 11 champion Vikings scored the game’s first 30 points and advanced to the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Class A football state quarterfinals with a 44-25 victory at Lehighton.
Mozeleski and Williams Valley’s Dylan Rabuck and Nick Savage all ran for more than 100 yards in the game.
Rabuck, who has run for 2,902 yards on the season, carried 16 times for 168 yards and a touchdown before leaving the game with an ankle injury with 5:52 left in the half.
Savage scored on a 13-yard run 28 seconds later for the 30-0 lead. He wound up with 113 yards and 3 touchdowns on 18 carries in Rabuck’s absence.
Williams Valley carried a 38-6 lead into the fourth quarter.
Mozeleski, who finished with 132 yards on 24 carries, ran for three fourth-quarter touchdowns to cut into the Williams Valley lead.
Tommy Souriyavong scored the first Old Forge touchdown on a 9-yard pass from Dante Lucarelli with 1:29 left in the second quarter to reduce the deficit to 30-6 at halftime.
Old Forge, the District 2 champion, finished the season 11-2. The Blue Devils were second in Division 2 of the Lackawanna Football Conference with their only other loss coming to division champion Dunmore, an unbeaten state quarterfinalist in Class 2A.
Ivan Balavage ran 37 yards for the game’s first touchdown Friday night to help send Scranton Prep on its way to a 31-28 victory in Class 3A.
The Cavaliers (13-0) won a first-round state tournament game to reach the state quarterfinals for the second straight year.
Balavage, a senior fullback/linebacker from Avoca, is the team’s leading tackler.
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