By Steve Svetovich
Dunmore junior quarterback Steve Borgia ran for two touchdowns and passed for another score as the Bucks rolled over Riverside, 49-0, Friday, September 21, at Veterans Memorial Stadium, Taylor.
Dunmore scored four touchdowns on its first five offensive plays in the Lackawanna Football Conference Division III contest.
Dunmore upped its record to 3-2 (3-0 in the division).
The Bucks rebounded from a loss to Lackawanna Trail, 21-15, Friday, September 14, at Lion’s Pride Stadium in Clinton Township.
Kevin McHale, Dunmore’s defensive coordinator, continues to run the team and serve as coach in the absence of legendary veteran Jack Henzes who is ill.
Taking the opening kickoff at its 42, Borgia completed a 6-yard pass to Thomas Lewis on first down. Rayshaun Dawkins then sprinted 52 yards for a Bucks touchdown. Peyton Badyrka kicked the extra point and Dunmore had a 7-0 lead just 51 seconds into the contest.
The Bucks then took over at their 49 after Riverside punted in fourth down. Borgia faked a handoff to Dawkins and kept the pigskin, rambling 51 yards for another Dunmore touchdown. Badyrka’s extra point kick gave Dunmore a 14-0 lead with 9:05 left in the first quarter.
Facing fourth-and-3 from their 22, Riverside coach Harry Armstrong and his Vikings surprisingly went for it. However, an incomplete pass turned the ball over to Dunmore on downs. On first down, Kyle Harrity burst up the middle for a 22-yard touchdown run. Badyrka’s extra point boot gave the Bucks a 21-0 lead with 6:35 left in the first quarter.
On the first play of Riverside’s next possession, the Vikings fumbled and Borgia pounced on the ball for Dunmore at the Riverside 48.
On first down, Borgia hit Cristian Buckley on a 48-yard touchdown strike. Another Badyrka extra point kick made it, 28-0, with 6:10 left in the first quarter.
The Vikings turned the ball over on downs at the Dunmore 39 on the first play of the second quarter.
Dawkins then sprinted 28 yards on first down. Borgia then bolted 33 yards into the end zone for another Dunmore touchdown. The Badyrka extra point kick made it, 35-0, with 11:20 left in the second quarter.
Buckley busted loose from several would be tacklers for a 44-yard touchdown run to extend the lead to 42-0 after Badyrka’s sixth extra point kick with still 6:02 left in the half.
Muhammad Moore’s 6-yard touchdown run on the opening plays of the final quarter turned out to be Dunmore’s final touchdown of the night. Emma Coar kicked the extra point to extend the lead to 49-0.
Borgia rushed for 84 yards on two carries and Dawkins for 84 yards on five carries to lead the Bucks running game. Buckley rushed for 52 yards on two carries.
Dawkins rushed for 125 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries in the loss to Lsckawanna Trail. Dawkins scored on runs of 70 and three yards.
Buckley rushed for 74 yards in 14 carries in the loss to Trail. Harrity rushed for 65 yards on eight carries.
UPDATE: The Dunmore Bucks trounced Old Forge 41-21 in their September 28 match-up. The Bucks will travel to Montrose on Friday, Oct. 5, with game time at 7 p.m.