By Steve Svetovich
Veteran head football coach Jack Henzes led his Dunmore Bucks to an undefeated (10-0) regular season capped by a 36-6 win over Old Forge Friday, October 28, at Veterans Memorial Stadium, Dunmore.
Dunmore senior back Kyle Lasher rushed for 234 yards and three touchdowns on only nine carries to lead the way for the undefeated Bucks.
Dunmore now prepares for the District 2 Class 2A playoffs which begin the first weekend of this month.
Dunmore finished 10-0 overall, including a 9-0 record in the Lackawanna Football Conference Division III.
Lasher had a chance to shine with fellow senior back Colin Holmes out and watching from the sidelines. Lasher’s first touchdown came on a fourth-and-five play at the Old Forge 31.
Lasher burst through the middle for the first down, was hit by three defenders, broke away and sprinted into the end zone for a 31-yard touchdown run with 5:35 left in the first quarter. Lasher ran into the end zone for the two-point conversion and the Bucks had an 8-0 lead.
Dunmore scored again on a two-yard pass from junior quarterback Gavin Darcy to senior Jordon Petrowski with 2:01 left in the first quarter. Rinaldi booted the extra point and Dunmore had a 15-0 first quarter lead.
Lasher struck again when he raced 73 yards for a touchdown with 7:18 left in the second quarter. Rinaldi’s extra point kick gave Dunmore a 22-0 lead.
Joe Galenas scored a touchdown on a six-yard burst to cap the first half scoring and giving Dunmore a 29-0 lead after Rinaldi’s extra point kick with 1:15 left in the second quarter. Lasher’s 57-yard scamper to the right sideline helped set up the Galenas score. Galenas rushed for 41 yards on nine carries in the contest.
Lasher rushed for 202 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries in the first half alone.
Lasher’s two-yard burst for a touchdown completed a Dunmore drive and the team’s scoring with 10:13 left in the third quarter. Rinaldi’s extra point kick gave the Bucks a commanding 36-0 lead.
Lasher, making the most of his touches and opportunities, has 934 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns this season.
Old Forge (4-6 overall and 4-5 in Division III) scored a touchdown on a one-yard plunge by sophomore Tommy Souriyavong with 2:43 left in the third quarter. The two-point conversion attempt failed.
The stingy Dunmore defense kept the Blue Devils from scoring again and the Bucks held on for the 36-6 win and an undefeated regular season.
Dunmore held Old Forge to only 10 passing yards.
Old Forge senior tailback Brendan Mozeleski rushed for 80 yards on 23 carries to give him 1,000 rushing yards for the season.
Dunmore had clinched a tie for the division Friday, October 21, with a 34-7 win over Carbondale Area at Carbondale.
The Bucks scored on their first four possessions of the game.
Dunmore signal caller Darcy fired two touchdown passes and senior back Holmes scored two touchdowns on runs of 31 and two yards in the big win. Lasher also scored a touchdown on a 20-yard run. Darcy’s touchdown passes were from seven yards out to Petrowski and 43 yards to George Cole.
Dominic Gigliotti scored Carbondale’s only touchdown on a two-yard burst with 5:04 left in the game.
Holmes rushed for 68 yards on five carries. Lasher rushed for 49 yards on five carries.
Darcy completed 7-of-9 passes for 103 yards and two tallies in the win.
Cole snared three passes for 62 yards and a score.
And now Henzes and his Bucks take aim with their potent team once again into the post season playoffs.