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.

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.


Henzes earns 400th win as Bucks continue to roll

Jack Henzes, head coach of the Dunmore Bucks, celebrates his 400th win a 46-0 victory over Carbondale Area. (Photo Credit: Rich Banick)

Jack Henzes, head coach of the Dunmore Bucks, celebrates his 400th win a 46-0 victory over Carbondale Area. (Photo Credit: Rich Banick)

By Steve Svetovich

Dunmore Bucks head football coach Jack Henzes captured his 400th career win with his team’s 46-0 route over Carbondale Area on Friday, Oct. 2, at Dunmore Veterans Memorial Stadium. The Bucks have since then continued to improve their season record to 8-1.

Dunmore defeated Western Wayne, 41-15, on Friday, Oct. 23, at Canaan Township. In their most recent contest, the Bucks earned a big win against Montrose with a score of 54-7. Dunmore is 4-0 in the Lackawanna Football Conference Division III at press time.

In their win over Carbondale Area, the Bucks totaled 338 rushing yards and seven touchdowns. The tight Dunmore defense held Carbondale Area to minus 23 total yards. It was a typical win for Dunmore to get Henzes win No. 400.

Henzes, 79, now has a career record of 403-157-8. He started his coaching career 49 years ago at Wyoming Area, but the bulk of his career has been with the Dunmore Bucks.

The coaching legend is second in the state in high school football wins. He trails only George Curry. Henzes and Curry are the only two coaches with at least 400 career wins. Henzes is only the 16th high school football coach in the country to accomplish the feat.

In the win over Carbondale Area, the Bucks drove from the Chargers 47 to the 11 before Colin Holmes trudged his way 11 yards into the end zone for a touchdown with 7:29 left in the first quarter. The extra point kick attempt failed, but Dunmore had a 6-0 lead.

The Bucks scored again on a Garrett Murray 41-yard run with 7:15 left in the second quarter. The extra point kick attempt failed, but the Bucks had a 12-0 lead.

Murray scored once more on a 15-yard run with 2:42 left in the half. The extra point kick gave Dunmore a 19-0 lead which the team held to the end of the first half.


Photo Credit: Rich Banick

On the second play of the second half, with the pigskin at the Dunmore 46, Carbondale attempted a backwards pass. The play backfired and Murray recovered the ball on the Carbondale one.

Holmes led plunged into the end zone for a touchdown. The extra point kick gave Dunmore a 26-0 lead with 10:45 left in the third quarter.

Kyle Lasher scored on runs of 22 and 20 yards in the third quarter. Joe Galenas added a 66-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter.

Following the conclusion of the game, Henzes was congratulated by his players and assistant coaches and Carbondale Area head coach Larry Gabriel III. Following the traditional team handshakes, the Carbondale Area players individually went up to Henzes to congratulate him.

A short ceremony then took place on the football field, and Henzes was presented with a sign to commemorate the milestone. Henzes received a celebratory plaque in the locker room from the Dunmore coaching staff.

Henzes was quick to thank his players, the coaching staff and the Dunmore High School administration, teachers, student body and all other personnel.

Murray rushed for 84 yards and two touchdowns on five carries in the win. Lasher rushed for 76 yards and two touchdowns on six carries. Holmes rushed for 55 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries.

The third-ranked Bucks, coming off a dominant win over Lakeland the previous week, forced two turnovers, blocked a punt and scored four rushing touchdowns in the first half to defeat Western Wayne, 41-15, at Sharkey Rosetti Sports Complex.

Dunmore’s Cory Frick sacked Western Wayne quarterback Scott Walck on a third down play on the Wildcats first possession, forcing a punt. Dunmore’s Michael Dougherty returned the punt 33 yards to the Wildcat 31. Two plays later, Murray galloped 20 yards and then Holmes rambled into the end zone from three yards out. The extra point kick gave Dunmore a 7-0 lead.

Early in the second quarter, the Bucks gained control of the ball on the Wildcat 13 after a bad snap on a punt attempt. On fourth-and-12, Dunmore quarterback Dominic Mesko hit a wide open Murray for a 15-yard touchdown toss. The extra point kick made it 14-0 in favor of the Bucks who never looked back.

Murray added a two-yard touchdown burst with 5:38 left in the half. Then Lasher scored on a nine-yard run with 2:05 left in the half.

Dunmore back Pat Reese scored on a 48-yard run with 11:06 left in the third quarter putting the game out of reach.

Murray led the ground game with 52 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries. Reese rushed for 43 yards on three carries.

The Bucks defense held Western Wayne to 67 rushing yards. The Dunmore defense and specialty teams gave the Bucks good field position throughout the contest.

Next up for Dunmore is a home game against Riverside on Nov. 6.