By Steve Svetovich
Following a 51-29 route over Notre Dame- Green Pond, the Dunmore Bucks lost the PIAA Class AA quarterfinal contest, 28-10, to West Catholic High School, Saturday, December 5, at Northern Lehigh High School.
Dunmore senior back Garrett Murray rushed for 177 yards and scored five touchdowns in Dunmore’s 51-29 win over Notre Dame-Green Pond in the PIAA Class AA first round contest, Friday, November 27, at Northern Lehigh High School.
Colin Holmes added 92 rushing yards on 22 carries in the first round game. Dunmore fullback Pat Reese rushed for 52 yards, including a 24-yard touchdown burst, on eight carries. Dunmore quarterback Dominic Mesko rushed for 59 yards, including a one-yard touchdown plunge, on four carries.
The Bucks totaled 389 rushing yards on 63 carries against Notre Dame-Green Pond.
West Catholic High School also ended Dunmore’s post season state title hopes in 2008 and 2009.
Murray rushed for 76 yards on 20 carries in the loss to West Catholic. He rambled into the end zone for a four-yard touchdown run with 2:03 left in the contest. That capped a 92-yard drive for the proud District 2 champions.
The Dunmore running game was not shut down by West Catholic. The team rushed for 260 yards, four more than West Catholic, on 54 carries. Junior Kyle Lasher rushed for 75 yards on 11 carries. Holmes rushed for 51 yards on 10 carries. Reese added 31 yards on eight carries.
The Bucks had chances to score early on, but had three costly turnovers in the game.
Pat Orr kicked a 31-yard field goal for Dunmore, with 8:47 left in the first half. At that point West Catholic only had a 6-3 lead, but quarterback Joshua Evans scored on a 15-yard run with 6:32 left in the half. West Catholic led, 12-3, at the half.
A 27-yard touchdown pass from Evans to Amir Postley and two-point conversion run by Calil Wortham gave West Catholic a commanding 20-3 lead with 7:45 left in the third quarter.
The Murray four yard touchdown run followed by Orr’s extra point kick brought the margin down to 20-10 with 2:03 left in the game.
However, a 48-yard Wortham scamper for a touchdown and two-point conversion run sealed the game, 28-10, for West Catholic with 1:42 left in the contest. Wortham also scored on a two-yard burst in the first quarter.
Dunmore veteran head coach Jack Henzes and his Bucks never gave in. Pat Reese and Chris Coviello each had key fumble recoveries for the defense. Both fumble recoveries halted West Catholic drives inside the Dunmore 10.
Coach Henzes praised his team for never giving up and working hard all season. He credited the West Catholic team’s athleticism for their victory. Henzes, who is one of only two high school football coaches with over 400 wins in the state, said he is very proud of his team.
Dunmore finished the season 12-2.