By Steve Svetovich
Holy Cross junior standout Logan Tierney set the school’s single season rushing record in the Crusaders 36-0 win over Montrose Friday, Oct. 29, at Montrose.
The talented back now has a Holy Cross single season record of 1,338 rushing yards.
The win improved the Crusaders to 4-6 overall, with a 1-3 mark in Division IV.
The junior sprinted for 163 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries in the Lackawanna Football Conference Division IV win over Montrose.
Tierney bolted for 128 yards in the first half alone as the Crusaders built a commanding 28-0 lead.
On his second carry of the third quarter, he burst through the right side for a 7-yard gain and the school record.
The stalwart back set a goal earlier this season to rush for 1,000 yards while helping his team win games.
He has more than exceeded that goal.
Holy Cross first year head football coach Joe Giorgio called his record-breaking junior back a tremendous football player on both sides of the ball. “He’s a special player.”
During the Crusaders first scoring drive, Tierney carried the pigskin on five of the first eight plays before Holy Cross quarterback Nate Cobley hit Bobby Staples for an eight-yard touchdown and an 8-0 lead followed by a two-point conversion run by Tierney with 3:14 left in the first quarter.
Tierney’s first touchdown came on a one-yard plunge on the Crusaders next possession.
Montrose then drove inside the Holy Cross 10 mostly due to two long completions from Hudson Aukema to Nate Porter.
Holy Cross ended the drive with Sean Herbert intercepting an Aukema pass attempt.
Tierney then carried the football six times in the Crusaders next drive. He capped the drive with a five-yard touchdown bolt which gave the Crusaders a 20-0 lead following a failed two-point conversion attempt with 7:38 left in the half.
The Meteors fumbled on its next possession granting Holy Cross the ball on the Montrose 10. Cobley then hit Jonathan Jones for his second touchdown pass as Holy Cross built a 28-0 halftime lead after a Cobley two-point conversion run.
Tierney piled up 34 more yards rushing on the Crusaders first drive of the second half.
Nick Cabets finished off the drive by plunging in from one yard out for a touchdown. Holy Cross converted on a two-point conversion run and had a 36-0 lead with 2:45 left in the third quarter.
The stingy Holy Cross defense continued to hold Montrose scoreless for the rest of the contest.
The win was the Crusaders first shutout since Oct. 15, 2015, against Columbia-Montour Vo-Tech. It was the team’s first shutout against a Lackawanna Football Conference opponent since Oct. 16, 2010, when the Crusaders shutout Mid Valley.