SCRANTON PREP 42, LAKE-LEHMAN 0
Matt Gilmartin ran for four touchdowns and Ivan Balavage led a defense that remained perfect on the season when Scranton Prep ran over host Lake-Lehman, 42-0, in a non-league game between teams expected to contend for the District 2 Class 3A playoffs.
The defending district champion Cavaliers, the second-ranked Small School in the NPF Football Super Six, have outscored their first three opponents, 134-0.
Gilmartin ran for more than 140 yards while scoring twice in the first half and two more times in the third quarter to put the final 13:33 of the game under the Mercy Rule.
Balavage, the team’s leading tackler on the season, had a game-high 12 tackles along with scoring a first-half touchdown.
Tucker Johnson added 10 tackles for the unscored-upon Scranton Prep defense, which has not allowed more than eight points in any of its last 12 regular-season games since the 2016 opener. Dan Belardi had a sack and three other tackles while Tommy Doherty broke up three passes.
Gilmartin opened the scoring on a 1-yard run with 7:59 left in the first quarter.
Balavage ran 7 yards and Gilmartin 5 for second-quarter touchdowns. Alec Buttner’s 35-yard field goal with three seconds left gave the Cavaliers a 23-0 halftime lead.
Gilmartin went 5 yards and 1 yard for his third-quarter touchdowns.
Mitchell Simon scored from the 1 midway through the fourth quarter.
Scranton Prep heads into the Back Mountain again next week to play at Dallas (2-1) Friday night.
Lake-Lehman (1-2) is at GAR (0-3) Thursday night.
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WESTERN WAYNE 35, NORTHWEST 7
Kobe Sauter ran for three touchdowns and the Western Wayne defense continued to excel when the Wildcats remained unbeaten by defeating host Northwest, 35-7, in a non-league game between ranked teams.
The Wildcats, ranked fourth among Small Schools by NPF Football, improved to 3-0 and has allowed just seven points in three games. Northwest, ranked fifth, fell to 1-2.
Sauter opened the scoring with a 64-yard run. Danny Boots ran 29 yards to make it 14-0 after one quarter.
Jake Anderson ran 24 yards for a touchdown with 8:17 left in the half for the only points against Western Wayne this season.
Sauter had touchdown runs of 5 yards in the third quarter and 2 yards in the fourth. Ben Burkhardt scored the last touchdown from the 5.
Western Wayne tries to make it three straight wins over Wyoming Valley Conference opponents when it hosts Holy Redeemer Friday.
Northwest is home Friday against Lackawanna Trail (2-1) in a rematch of last year’s District 2 Class A championship game that the Lions won.
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HONESDALE 43, TUNKHANNOCK 31
Honesdale assured itself that this season would be more successful than last when it won Opening Night.
Now, three weeks into the season, the Hornets have already exceeded the entire offensive output from their winless 2016 season while adding a second victory.
Andy Carroll led an offense that produced 512 yards total offense on the road Friday night in a 43-31, non-league victory over host Tunkhannock.
Carroll provided the game’s biggest plays while carrying 25 times for 257 yards and 2 touchdowns and catching a 56-yard scoring pass for a third touchdown.
Just 24 seconds after Tunkhannock had erased a two-touchdown deficit to force a second-quarter tie, Carroll went 99 yards to put Honesdale back ahead to stay.
Honesdale was pinned at its 2 on the kickoff and a false start penalty pushed the Hornets back to the 1 before Carroll broke through the line and went the length of the field.
It was the longest, but not the only long touchdown by Carroll or the Hornets.
Carroll’s other touchdown run was a 61-yarder.
Garyn Barnes had a 53-yard touchdown run.
The Hornets, averaging 31.3 points per game, piled up the 43 points despite having apparent touchdowns on a Barnes 85-yard kickoff return and Carroll 65-yard run wiped out by penalties.
The long Barnes run and Dunn-to-Carroll pass gave Honesdale a 14-0 lead in the first quarter.
Zach Rogers hit Garrett Hopkins with a 14-yard pass to cut the deficit to 14-7 after one.
Logan Cywinski, who carried 25 times for 129 yards, scored on a 10-yard run for the 14-14 tie with 8:38 left in the half. Cywinski has 528 rushing yards through 3 games.
Carroll broke that tie and added the two-point run for a 22-14 lead.
After Carroll had a touchdown wiped out by penalty, Dunn hit Justin LoBasso with a 33-yard touchdown pass with 1:35 left in the second quarter for a 29-14 halftime lead.
DELAWARE VALLEY 35, WYOMING VALLEY WEST 25
Delaware Valley needed three fourth-quarter touchdowns to remain unbeaten and keep Wyoming Valley West winless with a 35-25 road victory Friday night.
The Warriors, the top-rated Big School in the NPF Football Super Six, have won their first three games, all on the road, by a total of 19 points.
Wyoming Valley West carried a 17-14 lead into the fourth quarter.
Delaware Valley took advantage of a short punt and a 15-yard penalty to rally from behind.
Ryan Yencik’s second touchdown of the game, on a 7-yard run with 7:03 to play, put the Warriors ahead to stay.
Ryan Obiso added to the lead on a touchdown run with 2:09 left.
Wyoming Valley West then moved down the field, facing an 11-point deficit.
The Spartans closed to within three points when Jake Shuta hit Dion Davis on a touchdown pass and Jake Blaski on the two-point conversion in the final minute.
Delaware Valley put an end to the comeback, however, when Jason Henderson fielded the on-side kickoff attempt and returned it 47 yards for the clinching touchdown with 35 seconds left.
Zach Davies capped an 8-play, 53-yard drive to put Wyoming Valley West ahead, 6-0, with 3:08 left in the first quarter.
That lead held up until Reilly hit Yencik for a 3-yard touchdown and 7-6 lead with 5:55 left in the second quarter.
The teams traded the lead two more times before halftime.
Jake Gurtis kicked a 37-yard field goal for a 9-7 Wyoming Valley West lead with 1:31 left.
Dylan Kelly, who also had an interception, pulled in a 38-yard touchdown pass from Reilly for the 14-9 halftime lead.
Shusta’s 3-yard run and two-point conversion run with 3:49 left in the third quarter allowed the Spartans to take the lead into the fourth quarter.
Reilly finished with 15 completions for 200 yards.
Shusta went 13-for-24 for 172 yards.
Davies, Sean Mikovitch and Cortes Adams were each in on at least 11 tackles for Wyoming Valley West.
Delaware Valley plays its home opener Friday night against West Scranton (0-3).
Wyoming Valley West (0-3) goes from playing the top-ranked Big School to playing at No. 2 Williamsport (3-0) Friday night in a Wyoming Valley Conference Class 6A/5A Division game.
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