BRODHEADSVILLE – Pleasant Valley (7-1) hosted the two-time defending Mountain Valley Conference champion East Stroudsburg South on Friday night. The Bears Rob Getz hauled in a 13-yard touchdown pass with 18 seconds left to lift Pleasant Valley over East Stroudsburg South, 40-35.
A wild first quarter saw Cavs quarterback Mike Carmella score on a 48-yard touchdown run. After a Pleasant Valley turnover on the kickoff, Carmella would throw a strike to Matt Walters for the 22-yard score with 8:37 remaining. The Cavs led 14-0.The Bears Dekimbe Smith’s five-yard score cut the lead into half.
The Bears Rich Irving scored to tie the game up at 14. But the Cavs Kyshoen Jarrett’s five-yard touchdown put them up 21-14.
East Stroudsburg went into halftime with a 21-14 lead after both teams missed field goal attempts late in the half.
The Bears would tie the game up at 21 on a Derrik Walling to Rob Getz 11-yard touchdown pass.
After a missed field goal by the Cavs, Pleasant Valley got the ball back. With 1:04 remaining in the third quarter Dekimbe Smith’s one-yard plunged put the Bears up 28-21.
The Cavs looked like they were going to pull out the win early in the fourth quarter. Collin Hegarty caught a 41-yard touchdown pass that tied the game up at 28 and he had a 59-yard touchdown run with 7:22 remaining. The Cavs led 35-28.
The Bears fought back and drove 65-yard on 13-plays. They converted on two fourth downs during this drive. Dekimbe Smith finished the drive with a three-yard touchdown run to pull within one point. They went for a two-point conversion that went incomplete.
After the Bears got the ball back by stopping East Stroudsburg South on fourth-and-one, Walling drove the Bears down to the Cavs 23 with 43 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. But a holding call would push the Bears back and left them with a 3rd down and 26. Walling found Getz for the 28-yard completion and the first down.
Two plays later he would connect with Getz in the back of the end zone for the game winning 13-yard touchdown pass.
Getz said, “We just had to get the job done. We got down the field and we just know what to do in those situations.”