By Steve Svetovich
Gavin Darcy threw for 198 yards, fired three touchdown passes and ran for another leading the Dunmore Bucks to a 41-12 romp over Old Forge as the team earned its second straight Lackawanna Football Conference Division III title Friday, October 27.
Dunmore is now 10-0, including 9-0 in Division III.
Dunmore veteran coach Jack Henzes, who three years ago became the 16th high school coach in the country to achieve 400 career wins, will lead his team as the No. 1 seed in the District 3 Class 2A playoffs, where the Bucks will host Mid Valley.
The win was Dunmore’s 29th consecutive in the regular season and 43rd straight in the division. Darcy now has 21 touchdown passes for the season.
The loss was Old Forge’s first of the season. The Blue Devils will host defending champion Lackawanna Trail in the District 2 Class 1A final.
The Bucks only totaled three yards rushing in the first half, but held a commanding 27-6 lead mostly due to Darcy’s arm. He passed for 159 yards and threw all three of his touchdown passes in the first half. Darcy also scored on a one-yard plunge in the first half.
Darcy’s first touchdown pass came on a 22-yard strike to Steve Borgia with 11:04 left in the first quarter.
The extra point kick by a Rinaldi made it 7-0.
Dunmore defensive stalwart Nick Shoemaker stopped the Blue Devils first scoring opportunity with a stop at the Dunmore seven-yard line with 8:31 left in the first quarter.
Still, Old Forge came right back when Tommy Souriyavong snared a seven-yard touchdown pass from freshman Dante Lucarelli with 3:39 left in the first quarter. The extra point try failed on a bad snap and Dunmore held a 7-6 lead.
The Bucks stopped an Old Forge drive on fourth down from the Dunmore 10 when Borgia swatted down a pass attempt.
Two plays later, Darcy connected with Nate Fangio on a 75-yard touchdown pass. Dunmore held a 13-6 lead with 9:41 left in the second quarter after the extra point kick failed.
The Blue Devils then moved the pigskin to the Bucks 38, but Greg McHale intercepted a pass and scampered 75 yards to the Old Forge one. Darcy then bolted in from the one for another tally. The Rinaldi extra point gave Dunmore a 20-6 lead with 3:33 left in the second quarter.
The hard-nosed Shoemaker and tough interior line stopped a fourth down quarterback sneak by Lucarelli at the Dunmore 45. Darcy then hit Borgia on a screen pass resulting in a 50-yard gain. He followed with another screen pass to Frank Damiano for a five-yard score with 15 seconds left in the second quarter. The Rinaldi extra point kick gave Dunmore a 27-6 lead.
Dunmore scored again on a 16-yard run by Damiano with 2:29 left in the third quarter. Rinaldi booted the extra point.
Dunmore’s Kyle Harrity romped up the middle for a 47-yard touchdown run with 10:46 left in the fourth quarter. Rinaldi kicked the extra point and Dunmore led 41-6.
Borgia, excelling on offense and defense, led Dunmore with three receptions for 102 yards, including his touchdown.
Harrity led the running game with 55 yards on just three carries, including his touchdown run.