SWIFTWATER - Pleasant Valley reminded everyone just how lethal its offense could be last week, racking up over 500 yards and utilizing big plays in a wild, come-from-behind win over Dieruff.
Turns out the Bears can be even more effective with a short field.
Pleasant Valley scored on three straight possessions in the first half, starting each drive on Pocono Mountain West's side of the field, and the Bears rolled to a 35-0 win over the Panthers on Saturday in Mountain Valley Conference football.
A week after throwing for nearly 300 yards and six scores, Pleasant Valley quarterback Brandon Leap threw for just 62 yards, but tossed two touchdowns as the Bears (2-1) won their second straight game. Austyn Borre ran for 97 yards and a touchdown.
While the good field position certainly made life easier for Leap and Borre, the Bears still had to finish the drives and make the most of their opportunities.
"The offense executed when we got the ball with the good field position," said Pleasant Valley coach Jim Terwilliger. "That's a big thing for us, to be able to win that type of battle."
The Bears standout signal caller made sure the offense delivered.
"When we're on the other side of the 50, that has to be a score," said Leap, who now has 37 career touchdown passes. "That has to be a score for us. I mean, the momentum is in our hands. We only have to go 40 yards to get a score. Our offense, that's where we pride ourselves when we get those sort of opportunities, we have to capitalize on them."
The Bears did on three straight possessions, starting drives at the Panthers 42, 22 and 35 to take a 21-0 halftime lead.
Pleasant Valley also got a solid performance from its defense. The Bears recorded their first shutout since a 42-0 win over William Allen last October.
"My pregame speech on Thursday called out the names of the defensive guys," Terwilliger said. "I said, 'Hey, we've got to be able to play some great, sound defense; some bear-down defense. And they came out with an attitude tonight.
"We play well when our defense plays well. I like throwing touchdowns and scoring points, hey I played quarterback, but I like defense. It makes it a lot easier for us."
The Bear defense allowed only three Panther first downs in the first half, and held the Panthers to 110 yards rushing, though PM West (0-3) did have its chances in the second half.
The Panthers moved the ball to the Bears 18, but the drive stalled after a holding penalty and ultimately ended with out any points.
The victory sets up a showdown against MVC rival Lehighton (2-1) this Friday, a game Terwilliger knows will test his young squad.
"We've taken step number two (with our win tonight) but step number three will not come easy," Terwilliger said. "When we look at Lehighton, what a great program they have. Coach (Tom) McCarroll has done a tremendous job and what they've done has been outstanding.
"They're playing like a team that's fighting for a championship, but there are eight other teams fighting for a championship, too. It's going to be a great game against Lehighton and we're looking forward to Friday night."