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.

DHS senior named offensive player of year and all-state


Photo Credit: Rich Banick/Rich Banick Photography

By Steve Svetovich

Dunmore senior back Garrett Murray capped an outstanding football season by being named Times-Tribune offensive player of the year and earning a spot on the Pennsylvania Football Writers Class AA all-state team.

The shifty back led the Dunmore Bucks district title football team with 1,530 yards rushing and an astonishing 27 total touchdowns.

He began to earn more playing time in veteran coach Jack Henzes’ offense as a junior in the PIAA playoff run. He played a bigger role as each game went on.

This season, he rushed for 177 yards and scored five touchdowns in Dunmore’s 51-29 win over Notre Dame-Green Pond in the PIAA Class AA opening round contest Friday, November 27, at Northern Lehigh High School.

His exploits helped lead Dunmore to its second straight District 2 Class AA championship. The Bucks lost in the PIAA Class AA quarterfinal game, 28-10, to West Catholic. Murray rushed for 76 yards in the loss to West Catholic.

Lake Lehman offensive lineman Connor McGovern was also selected to the Class AA all-state team. The 6-5, 310-pound senior center will enroll at Penn State.

Murray was part of an awesome group of backs that included Colin Holmes, Kyle Lasher and Pat Reese.

Murray and Holmes were considered a dynamic one-two combo as starters. Holmes was selected all-state last season.

The Bucks running game typically totaled well over 300 yards each game.

In two state playoff games this season, Murray rushed for 253 yards on 48 carries and scored six touchdowns.

A tough performer, Murray played often with two sore shoulders. One shoulder was surgically repaired in the off season,

The stalwart senior back finished his Dunmore football career with 2,309 rushing yards and 35 touchdowns, He particularly shined in the big games. He totaled 635 rushing yards and scored 10 touchdowns in six state playoff games.

Murray was a part of three Lackawanna Football Conference Division II titles in his three years with the Bucks.

Murray looked back at his fight through injuries and credited his teammates for helping to push him to success.

He was a threat in the backfield throughout the season.

Garrett Murray leads Dunmore to second straight district title

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Garrett Murray of Dunmore High School’s football team was recently named Offensive Player of the Year. Murray has rushed for 1425 yards on 143 carries and scored 26 touchdowns through last Friday’s playoff game with Notre Dame-Green Pond.

By Steve Svetovich

Running back-linebacker Garrett Murray was a one-man wrecking crew in leading the Dunmore Bucks to the team’s second straight Lackawanna Football Conference District 2 Class AA title, 28-13, over Lake Lehman Friday, Nov. 20, at Gatto Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium, Dunmore.

The talented back rushed for 217 yards and two touchdowns on just 11 carries. On the defensive side at linebacker, he was equally ferocious making 12 tackles, including four solo. He also defended a pass. Many of the tackles came in key situations.

Murray opened the scoring with a 94-yard scamper for a touchdown with 8:12 left in the second  quarter.

His 28-yard gallop for a touchdown came with 4:12 left in the contest. That score iced the game for Dunmore as the Bucks had a 28-7 lead following the extra point kick.

Dunmore sophomore back Colin Holmes added to the running attack with 78 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries. He scored on a 25-yard jaunt with 2:31 left in the first half giving Dunmore a 14-0 lead following the extra point kick.

The shifty Holmes scored again on a 15-yard bolt into the end zone with 10:47 left in the fourth quarter giving Dunmore (11-1) a commanding 21-0 lead following the extra point kick.

Dunmore’s brutal running game totaled 315 yards on 28 carries against Lake Lehman (10-2).

Murray’s 94 yard touchdown run came two snaps after he stifled Lake Lehman running back Nick Eury for a two yard loss on fourth and two from the Dunmore 6-yard line. He certainly has a flair for the dramatic.

Murray and Holmes credited the Dunmore offensive line for the strong running attack.

Nate O’Donnell’s one yard quarterback sneak cut Lake Lehman’s deficit to 21-7 following the extra point kick with 6:53 left in the game, but Murray came through with his 28-yard touchdown run putting the game out if reach.

The win sent Dunmore into the state playoffs once again in a matchup against Notre Dame Green Pond.

Dunmore defeated Northwest Area, 41-20, Friday, Nov. 13, at Dunmore, in the District 2, Class AA semifinal game.

Hard-nosed running back Pat Reese scored on runs from 78 and 39 yards out in the win. He rushed for 123 yards on three carries.

Holmes scored on runs from 26 and two yards out. He rushed for 56 yards on seven carries.

Kyle Lasher, another key Dunmore back known for his quickness, scored on a 58-yard run and rushed for 130 yards on seven carries in the contest.

Murray added 56 yards on seven carries.

The Bucks, led by veteran coach Jack Henzes, romped for a highly impressive 423 rushing yards on 39 carries in the win over Northwest Area.

Dunmore held a 34-0 lead with 10:36 left in the third quarter following Lasher’s touchdown run.

LATE UPDATE: Dunmore beat Notre Dame-Green Pond on Friday, Nov. 27, with Garrett Murray once again leading the team to a 51-29 victory in the PIAA Class AA first-round game at Northern Lehigh High School, Slatington. Murray scored 5 touchdowns and rushed for 177 yards on 28 carries.