Undefeated Dunmore Bucks roll over Holy Cross

bucksBy Steve Svetovich

The undefeated Dunmore Bucks rolled over the crosstown Holy Cross Crusaders, 61-6, Friday, September 23, at Gatto Veterans Memorial Stadium, Dunmore.

Senior stalwart tailback Colin Holmes scored on touchdown runs of 44 and 43 yards on his only two carries of the game.

Junior starting quarterback Gavin Darcy hit on four-of-eight passes for 83 yards, including two touchdown strikes to senior Michael Dougherty. The touchdown tosses were from 40 and 31 yards out.

Senior back Kyle Lasher, who was featured on a Super Bowl pre-game show earlier this year, ran twice for 38 yards, including a 23-yard touchdown jaunt with 6:27 left in the first quarter to give the Bucks a commanding 21-0 lead after the extra point kick.

Holmes’ 43-yard touchdown gallop came with 10:25 left in the first quarter. His second touchdown run, a 44-yard scamper, came with 3:55 left in the first quarter giving Dunmore a 28-0 lead after the extra point kick.

Dougherty’s first touchdown, a 40-yard pass from Darcy, came with 9:05 left in the first quarter. His second touchdown, a 31-yard ariel strike from Darcy, came with 10:39 left in the second quarter. The extra point kick failed, but the Bucks had a 34-0 lead.

Dunmore (5-0 overall and 4-0 in Lackawanna League Division III), built a 47-0 halftime lead and scored touchdowns on four of its first nine offensive plays.

The brutal Dunmore running attack totaled 338 yards on 26 carries, or about 14 yards per carry. Holmes was almost untouched on both of his touchdown runs, a credit to the Dunmore offensive line.

Dunmore senior linebacker Robert Bistran really put the game out of reach for the Crusaders when he scored a touchdown on a 28-yard fumble return with 10:11 left in the second quarter. The extra point kick by Rinaldi made it 41-0 in favor of Dunmore.

That score gave veteran Dunmore coach Jack Henzes a chance to get his reserves an opportunity for playing time the rest of the contest.

The stingy Dunmore defense held Holy Cross to 103 total yards, including only 40 on the ground.

The Crusaders only score came with 11:53 left in the fourth quarter when senior Bailey Simrell scored on a two-yard burst. The two-point conversion attempt failed.

Simrell had a nice game, finishing with 27 yards on the ground and three catches for 48 yards.

The Bucks put on an impressive show offensively and defensively and it looks like coach Henzes has a very strong football team and contender once again.

Dunmore, at press time, is in first place in Lackawanna Football League Division III, with 192 points scored and 64 allowed.

Dunmore defeated Riverside, 41-13, Friday, September 16, at Dunmore. The Bucks totaled 306 yards on the ground in that contest. Lasher led the way with 89 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries. Holmes rushed for 70 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries. Joe Galenas rushed for 54 yards and one touchdown on seven carries in the win.

Dunmore falls short in state quarterfinal football game



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.