OLD FORGE — Lake-Lehman’s first drive of the football season was a beauty Friday night. Six plays, 65 yards, touchdown.
The last drive was going the same way until Old Forge linebacker Shane Schuback intervened.
Schuback intercepted a pass at his team’s 15-yard line with 41 seconds left, ending Lehman’s last hopes and preserving Old Forge’s 13-7 victory.
“Four years here, we fight every game so I can’t ask for anything more,” said Lehman fourth-year coach Jerry Gilsky, whose team lost to Old Forge for a fourth consecutive time. “It was a game that would put us on the map. You get kind of upset when nobody puts you in the state rankings, but we haven’t earned that spot for the most part.
“It was 13-7 with a whole bunch of shots to come back.”
The best came at the very end after Lehman was pinned at its 6-yard line following a Old Forge punt with 1:56 remaining.
Quarterback Josh Sayre connected on consecutive passes of 34 yards to wingback Joey Vigil and 21 yards to tight end Tyler Long to dig the Black Knights (0-1) out of the hole. A pass interference penalty moved the ball to the Old Forge 21, but two plays later Schuback picked off the pass to dash Lehman’s comeback hopes.
Old Forge (1-0) helped Lehman be in position for a possible game-winning drive by having a touchdown negated by a penalty and a run to the Lehman 1-yard line also wiped out by an infraction. Neither possession produced points.
“Bottom line, I thought we left two scores on the field,” Old Forge coach Mike Schubeck said. “I’m a little disappointed in that, but we’ll be all right. We’ll come back from that.”
The Blue Devils came back after Vigil ran around right end for a 35-yard touchdown on the seventh play of the game. Brandon Vahey took the ensuing kickoff and returned it 69 yards to the Lehman 11.
Brandon Yescavage ran in from 9 yards out two plays later, but the extra point bounced off the crossbar and Lehman maintained the lead, 7-6.
The game was pretty much a struggle until Schubeck took a pass in the left flat from quarterback Jake Manetti, dodged a few tacklers and scored with 51 seconds left until halftime to give the Blue Devils the lead for good.
Vigil, a sophomore, paced Lehman with 140 yards rushing and 45 yards receiving. Senior running back Dustin Jones was hampered by leg cramps in the second half and finished with 43 yards on 12 carries. He ran only three times in the second half.
Old Forge 13, Lake-Lehman 7
LL — Joey Vigil 35 run (Mike Symion kick), 9:40
OF — Brandon Yescavage 9 run (kick failed), 8:44
OF — Shane Schubeck 30 pass from Jake Manetti (Christian Mozeleski kick), 0:54
Team statistics`Lehman`Old Forge
RUSHING — Lehman, Dustin Jones 12-43, Joey Vigil 13-140, Josh Sayre 3-10, Bobby Wright 3-9, Brady Butler 5-7. Old Forge, Brandon Yescavage 23-137, Jorden Sekol 5-49, Jake Manetti 5-(minus-6), Shane Schubeck 1-4, Cooper Califano 1-(minus-7), Brandon Vahey 1-(minus-2>
PASSING — Lehman, Sayre 5-14-2-73. Old Forge, Manetti 6-13-0-90.
RECEIVING — Lehman, Vigil 3-45, Josh Winters 1-7, Tyler Long 1-21. Old Forge, Joey Gutowski 3-26, Yescavage 1-11, Schubeck 2-53.
INTERCEPTIONS — Old Forge, Schubeck, Matt Trotta.
MISSED FGs — None.