SCRANTON 28, VALLEY VIEW 21
Scranton’s offense produced big plays and its defense prevented Valley View from making the little ones.
That was enough to keep the Knights unbeaten Friday night with a 28-21 victory over the visiting Cougars in a non-league meeting of Lackawanna Football Conference teams that came into the game listed among the Big Schools in the NPF Sports Super Six.
The third-ranked Knights remained unbeaten by scoring three times from 32 yards or longer and turning away two drives inside the 10 by the fifth-ranked Cougars.
Scranton’s Rheyse Green carried 16 times for 121 yards and 2 touchdowns while catching a 65-yard touchdown pass from Robbie McAndrew for another score.
The Knights only needed McAndrew to throw three passes.
Ky’Ron Harbin added 81 yards on 7 carries and Jerrod Brown ran for 53 yards and a touchdown on just 2 carries to help the Knights pick up 281 yards on the ground.
Scranton took a 21-7 halftime lead and Green’s 32-yard touchdown run gave the Knights a 28-14 advantage to take into the fourth quarter.
Chandler Fuller passed for two touchdowns and ran for another for Valley View, which is 1-2 after losing two games by a total of 11 points to two of the three highest-ranked Big Schools in District 2, according to NPF Football.
Fuller maneuvered away from pressure to hit Alex Savkov with a 46-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter when Valley View closed to within 21-14.
Scranton faces another ranked opponent Friday when it hosts No. 4 North Pocono in a battle of unbeatens.
Valley View hosts Pittston Area in a non-league game matching 1-2 teams.
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ABINGTON HEIGHTS 21, WEST SCRANTON 7
Abington Heights coach Joe Repshis used a visit from his alma mater, West Scranton, to record his 100th career coaching victory, 21-7, Saturday afternoon.
Both teams had dropped their first two games as Abington Heights struggled with major graduation losses and West Scranton dealt with injury woes.
Trey Koehler returned the second-half kickoff 80 yards to break a 7-7 tie and help Abington Heights overcome a big day by West Scranton sophomore Kevin Williams.
Williams carried 32 times for 238 yards, including an early 47-yard touchdown run to give the Invaders the lead.
Corey Perkins made an end zone interception to keep West Scranton from adding to its lead, then pulled in a 14-yard pass from George Tinsley in the second quarter to create the halftime tie.
Tinsley finished 5-for-10 for 70 yards passing.
Kaleb Sherman led the Abington Heights offense with 104 yards on 20 carries. His 42-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter helped secure the win.
Mike Malone had two second-half sacks for the Comets.
Shayne Merrifield had four of the five West Scranton pass receptions.
Abington Heights is at Hazleton Area Friday night in a non-league meeting of 1-2 teams.
West Scranton, which has already played Dunmore, the top-ranked Small School, will travel to Delaware Valley to play the unbeaten Warriors, who are the No. 1 Big School in the NPF Sports Super Six.
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CARBONDALE 26, MID VALLEY 13
Carbondale shook off a rough start to the game and the season, then dominating the second half Friday night to post its first win of the season, downing host Mid Valley, 26-13, in a Lackawanna Football Conference Division 3 game.
The Spartans took a 13-0 halftime lead. At that point, the Chargers were winless and outscored, 86-12, on the season.
Nick Vadella helped change that with two touchdown runs and a short touchdown pass to Noah Yates.
Carbondale still trailed, 13-6, until scoring touchdowns with 6:38, 4:38 and 1:29 left.
Vadella rushed for 175 yards in the win.
Carbondale is at Lakeland Friday in a Division 3 game between teams that are 1-1 in the division and 1-2 overall.
Mid Valley, which has gone 1-2 while playing its first three games in the division, plays its only non-league game Friday at Hanover Area (0-3).
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SUSQUEHANNA 19, RIVERSIDE 18
Mason Deakin caught two touchdown passes and forced two of Riverside’s three turnovers Friday night to help Susquehanna escape with a 19-18 Lackawanna Football Conference Division 3 victory.
Deakin got plenty of assistance from the backfield leaders in helping Susquehanna remain undefeated at 2-0 in the division and 3-0 overall.
Sam Cosmello and Adam Roe each ran for more than 100 yards and were among those responsible for shutting down the Vikings ground game as the Sabers built a 245-35 advantage in rushing yardage.
C.J. Stone threw the two touchdown passes to Deakin and provided the only extra point, making the kick that ultimately provided the margin of victory.
Susquehanna stopped three two-point pass attempts by Riverside, including one with 5:05 to play, and got a sack for a fumble to end the last threat by the Vikings.
Deakin intercepted a pass at the Sabers 7 with the game scoreless in the second quarter. He caught a 10-yard touchdown pass to force a halftime tie.
With the game still tied and Riverside threatening on its first possession of the second half, Deakin stripped the ball away then recovered it at the 24.
Stone found Deakin on a fade pattern in the end zone for the second time with an 18-yarder midway through the fourth quarter for a 19-12 lead.
Riverside used its own passing combination to score first.
Brayden Thiel went 11-for-23 for 197 yards and 2 touchdowns, both to Noah Zippitelli.
Zippitelli, who had 7 catches for 153 yards, caught a 24-yarder with 4:56 left in the half to break the scoreless tie. Thiel found him in the left side of the end zone on second-and-19.
Following a bad snap, Riverside went into scramble mode and completed a pass, but Billy Perry and Garrett Decker combined to stop the conversion attempt just short of the goal line.
Roe, the fullback, ran 13 and 33 yards on the next two plays to start an eight-play, 60-yard scoring drive. Stone went six yards on a fourth-and-five option keeper then hit Deakin for the touchdown two plays later, tying the game with 1:02 left in the half.
Riverside broke through the middle of the line to block the extra point.
Roe, who finished with 111 yards on just 9 carries, went to work again immediately after Deakin’s third-quarter fumble recovery. He ran 21 and 10 yards on the first two plays of a 10-play, 76-yard drive.
Cosmello took over from there. He carried six times for 48 yards in the drive, which he completed by fighting and spinning his way into the end zone on fourth-and-goal from the 1.
The junior tailback finished with 26 carries for 126 yards.
Cosmello had 82 of those yards and Roe had 62 in the second half when Susquehanna had an 11-4 advantage in first downs.
Stone’s kick gave Susquehanna a vital point and a 13-6 lead.
Tom Gilmartin took a Thiel pass 31 yards, then Zippitelli scored from 30 yards out on a post pattern on the first play of the fourth quarter.
Stone provided the coverage to stop Riverside’s two-point pass attempt to try to take the lead.
The teams wound up combining for four consecutive scoring drives, with Susquehanna again churning out yards on the ground and Riverside again striking quickly.
Cosmello picked up 7 yards on fourth-and-two and Stone lofted the 18-yard touchdown to Deakin on the next play. The pass completed an 11-play, 77-yard scoring drive.
The Vikings answered in one play when Thiel took off on a 54-yard touchdown run.
Devon Dubanawitz had the receiver covered and the Vikings were again unable to hit the two-point pass.
Riverside pinned Susquehanna deep and took over at the Sabers 39 with a chance to pull out the win.
Roe broke into the backfield for a four-yard loss on the first play and the Vikings never escaped the long-yardage situation.
On third-and-19, defensive end Mason Craig came up with his seventh sack of the season, throwing Thiel for a 13-yard loss and forcing a fumble that Decker recovered.
A week after throwing Holy Redeemer for 95 yards in losses, Susquehanna’s aggressive defensive front got to Riverside for 60 more yards in losses.
Cosmello ran four yards on third-and-two and Susquehanna moved into victory formation for the game’s final three snaps.
Deakin also had four tackles and broke up a pass. Decker added four tackles and six assists to his late fumble recovery. Roe and Perry each had five tackles, including one for a loss.
Susquehanna is home Saturday against Old Forge to trim the share of the LFC Division 3 lead from three teams to two. The Blue Devils and Dunmore, both ranked among the top Small Schools in the NPF Football Super Six, join the Sabers at 2-0 and 3-0.
Riverside (0-2, 0-3) is home with Dunmore.
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DUNMORE 41, LAKELAND 7
Dunmore scored on its first three possessions Friday night to extend its Lackawanna Football Conference winning streak to 36 games with a 41-7 Division 3 victory over visiting Lakeland.
The game matched the teams that finished first and second a year ago when the Bucks won their sixth straight LFC division title.
The Bucks lost freshman tailback Cristian Buckley, their leading rusher, on the game’s first play, but never slowed down.
Dunmore opened a 20-0 lead early in the second quarter on Frank Damiano’s 18-yard touchdown run.
The Bucks finished with 236 yards on 30 rushing plays while holding Lakeland to 88 on 39 attempts.
Billy Donvito took over as the main ballcarrier for Dunmore and finished with 97 yards and 3 touchdowns on 15 carries.
Damiano added 60 yards on 5 carries and Kyle Harrity turned his only carry into a 35-yard touchdown.
Gavin Darcy hit 5 of 8 passes for 97 yards for Dunmore, including a 61-yard touchdown and another 19-yard completion to Noah O’Malley.
The Bucks carried a 41-0 lead into the fourth quarter.
Nico Piraino, who was 8-for-10 for 59 yards passing, ran 5 yards for the only Lakeland touchdown.
Dunmore is the top-rated Small School team in the NPF Sports Super Six. The Bucks (2-0 in the division, 3-0 overall) are at Riverside (0-2, 0-3) Friday.
Lakeland is home against Carbondale in an LFC Division 3 meeting of teams that are 1-1 and 1-2.
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OLD FORGE 48, MONTROSE 0
Brendan Mozeleski took care of the running. Dante Lucarelli handled the passing.
Together, Mozeleski and Lucarelli helped Old Forge pile up the points while its defense was posting its second shutout in a 48-0 Lackawanna Football Conference Division 3 rout of visiting Montrose.
Mozeleski, a senior, carried 12 times for 154 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Lucarelli, a freshman, hit 9 of 16 passes for 187 yards and 2 touchdowns.
The young quarterback found Tommy Souriyavong on a 9-yard pass to open the scoring 1:30 into the game and hit Brett Wargo with a 53-yard touchdown midway through the second quarter.
Old Forge got the most out of its touchdowns by going 6-for-6 on 2-point conversion attempts.
Mozeleski’s third touchdown run, a 7-yarder with 2:48 left in the third quarter, made it 40-0, meaning the rest of the game was played under the Mercy Rule.
The Blue Devils, ranked third among Small Schools in the NPF Football Super Six, are 2-0 in the division and 3-0 overall. That matches top-ranked Dunmore and Susquehanna for the division lead going into Old Forge’s Saturday game at Susquehanna.
Montrose is at Holy Cross Saturday in another divisional game. Both teams are 0-2 and 0-3.
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LACKAWANNA TRAIL 55, HOLY CROSS 0
By TOM ROBINSON, NPF Football
DUNMORE – Lackawanna Trail scored on three straight first-half offensive plays Saturday afternoon to pull away early in a 55-0 Lackawanna Football Conference Division 3 rout of host Holy Cross.
After the third score, which created a 35-0 lead with 10:17 left in the first half, Lackawanna Trail coach Steve Jervis pulled most of his starting team.
The Lions led, 49-0, at halftime and the entire second half was played under the Mercy Rule.
The win was the second in three games for Lackawanna Trail, which was held scoreless for the first three quarters in last week’s loss to unbeaten Dunmore.
“We wanted to have a better showing on offense,” Jervis said. “There were times last Friday where we weren’t playing to our abilities.”
The Lions expanded the lead from 14-0 to 35-0 in a span of 4:17 to end the first quarter and start the second.
Cody Moyle scored on a 6-yard run to get it started.
When Holy Cross could not get off a punt, Lackawanna Trail took over at the 5 and Jeffrey Resto scored on the next play.
The Lions forced a punt and scored on Nathan Rolka’s 61-yard touchdown pass to Noah Coleman.
Rolka attempted just three passes, but two went to Coleman for touchdowns. The other was a 35-yarder on Lackawanna Trail’s first offensive play.
Resto raced 45 yards on the second to set up his own 6-yard touchdown.
“I was just doing my job,” said Resto, who picked up a game-high 57 yards and 2 touchdowns on just 4 carries. “Just follow our blocks, follow our reads, see that cut and look for daylight.”
Quinn Jagoe ran 42 yards for a touchdown with four minutes left in the half.
After the Crusaders picked up their only first down, Nico Berrios intercepted a pass and returned it 56 yards for a touchdown.
The interception return was the highlight of a defensive effort in which the Lions held the Crusaders to minus-33 yards rushing and minus-26 yards total offense.
Dillon Moyle, Thomas Kohinsky and Owen Hivner each made two tackles for losses.
Lackawanna Trail finished with a 14 first downs and 396 yards on just 39 plays.
Freshman Ray Melnikoff ran 8 yards for a third-quarter touchdown.
Lackawanna Trail (2-1 in the division and overall) will play at Northwest (1-2) Friday in a rematch of last year’s District 2 Class A championship game that the Lions won.
Holy Cross will try to break an 18-game losing streak and get first-year coach Dave Gatto his first win when it hosts Montrose Saturday in a game between teams that are 0-2 and 0-3.