TUNKHANNOCK – After four straight losses including three by more than 40 points, Josh Colley took it upon himself to snap the losing streak.
Colley caught two touchdowns, threw for one and ran for another to power Tunkhannock to a 35-14 victory over Williamsport Friday at Tunkhannock Memorial Field.
Josh is a great football player and tonight he showed what he's capable of, Tunkhannock coach Rod Azar said. He's a special player.
Colley scored his first touchdown of the game on a 17-yard pass from Brian Beauchemin in the corner of the end zone to give the Tigers a 7-0 advantage.
After a Josh Robinson interception, the Tigers faced a third down in their own territory. Beauchemin pitched the ball to Colley who found Brett Stage streaking toward the end zone for a 55-yard touchdown strike that gave Tunkhannock a 14-0 lead.
The Millionaires countered in the second quarter with a nine-yard touchdown run by Devin Miller, which cut the deficit to 14-7.
On the ensuing possession, it looked as though Williamsport would get the ball back when Tunkhannock faced a third and long deep in its own territory, but Colley struck again. Beauchemin threw a bomb into coverage to Colley who came down with the catch after the defender got a hand on it.
The defender tipped it up and I just kept locked on the ball like I'm told and it just fell right into my hands, Colley said.
The Tigers faced another third and long on the same drive and Beauchemin found Colley again down the sideline for a 40-yard gain. Colley capped off the drive with a six-yard touchdown reception to give the Tigers a 21-7 lead.
After a Williamsport touchdown, Colley answered with a rushing touchdown before the end of the half to keep the Tigers' lead at 14 points.
Tunkhannock's defense took over in the second half to secure the victory. The Tigers didn't allow a point and held Williamsport running back Devin Miller, who recorded 159 yards rushing in the first half, to 41 yards rushing yards in the second half.
We haven't performed well in the second half this year because our kids are just exhausted normally and tonight they played great all the way until the last snap, Azar said. They've got a real special back and I thought in the second half they did a really nice job against him.
Colley finished with 127 yards receiving, 55 yards passing, 41 yards rushing and four touchdowns.
After two straight road losses, Tunkhannock moved to 2-6 on the season with the win.
We always play good at home, Colley said. The atmosphere is so much better because we have fans.
TUNK – Josh Colley 17 pass from Brian Beauchemin (Colton Coolbaugh kick), 5:09
TUNK – Brett Stage 55opass from Colley (Coolbaugh kick), 0:03
WILL – Devin Miller 9 run (Austin Robinson kick), 9:45
TUNK – Colley 6 pass from Beauchemin (Coolbaugh kick), 5:05
WILL – Isaac Foust 1 run (Robinson kick), 3:16
TUNK – Colley 2 run (Coolbaugh kick), 0:49
TUNK – Beauchemin 1 run (Coolbaugh kick), 3:09
WILL, Devin Miller 20-2000, Sadiq Burkholder 8-31, Issac Foust 32-3; TUNK, Ryan Cywinski 13-88, John Robinson 16-52, Colley 5-41, Beauchemin 3-18, Coolbaugh 1-2, Shane Edmundson 32-19
WILL, Burkholder 2-9-2-31; TUNK, Beauchemin 7-11-0-137, Colley 1-1-0-55
RECEIVING – WILL, Tanner Bashnick 2-31; TUNK, Colley 5-127, stage 2-63, Cywinski 1-2
TUNK, Robinson, P.J. Deitz
MISSED FGS – None