WEST PITTSTON – Dustin Jones made it into the end zone three times and the Wyoming Area backfield three times in the first half.
The 250-pound fullback/defensive tackle helped Lake-Lehman put the game into the mercy rule for the entire second half of a 54-7 rout Friday night in a rematch of last year’s District 2 Class 2A semifinal.
Lake-Lehman’s last visit to Jake Sobeski Stadium resulted in a 49-14 Wyoming Area win on the Warriors’ way to the district title. A picture of the scoreboard from that loss hung in the Lake-Lehman weight room in the offseason and made its way to the visiting locker room Friday night.
“It’s something our kids looked at every day,” Lake-Lehman coach Jerry Gilsky said. “It was on their minds.”
Jones made sure different numbers went up on the scoreboard this year. He ran 17 yards for the only touchdown of the first quarter. Jones then powered in from the 1 and 8 in the second quarter when Lake-Lehman broke the game open with 28 points for 35-0 halftime lead.
Between touchdowns, Jones was disrupting the Wyoming Area offense.
“It’s a luxury having him,” Gilsky said of Jones, who left the stadium for medical treatment after suffering cramps throughout his body. “He’s a defensive player; he’s an offensive player; he’s a bruiser.”
With Jones leading the way, the Black Knights held the Warriors to negative total offense and without a first down until the game’s final nine minutes. Jones made three tackles for losses and recovered a fumble the only time Wyoming Area had the ball in Lake-Lehman territory.
Joey Vigil combined with Jones to help break the game open.
After pinning Lake-Lehman deep to open the game, Wyoming Area started its first possession at midfield.
On third-down, Vigil’s big hit on a pass completion forced a fumble that Jones recovered.
Jones then carried five of the next seven plays in a 52-yard scoring drive to put Lake-Lehman ahead to stay with 5:37 left in the first quarter.
Vigil made sure the third and fourth quarters were played under the mercy rule. After having an apparent 71-yard punt return for a touchdown wiped out when officials consulted and ruled he had stepped out of bounds, Vigil made it back to the end zone on a 56-yard punt return as time expired in the first half.
Lake-Lehman added three second-half touchdowns, including two by its reserves, before Jason Wilson ran 75 yards for a Wyoming Area score in the final minute.
Lake-Lehman 54, Wyoming Area 7
LL – Jones 17 run (Symion kick), 5:37
LL – Jones 1 run (Symion kick), 10:55
LL – Sayre 20 run (Symion kick), 4:18
LL – Jones 8 run (Symion kick), 2:03
LL – Vigil 56 interception return (Symion kick), :00
LL – Butler 6 run (kick failed), 4:18
LL – Nice 3 run (Symion kick), 9:31
LL – Ferrari 56 run (kick failed), 1:40
WA – Wilson 75 run (Stillarty kick), :56
RUSHING — LL, Butler 14-111, Jones 14-73, Vigil 7-70, Ferrari 1-56, Eury 6-32, Sayre 7-21, Nice 5-18, Winters 2-6, Pachamovitch 1-1, Team 2-minus 2. WA, Wilson 5-75, Gorki 4-9, Pugh 2-1, Skursky 10-1, Murray 1-minus 4.
PASSING — LL, Sayre 0-2-0-0. WA, Gorki 2-6-0-(minus-8), Borton 1-4-1, 8.
RECEIVING — WA, Steve 1-8, Murray 1-minus 1, Lumley 1-minus 7.
INTERCEPTIONS — LL, Vigil 1-56.
MISSED FGs — None.