DUNMORE -- GAR fumbled the ball six times and threw three interceptions en route to its second straight double-digit loss as Dunmore defeated the Grenadiers 29-0 on Friday.
The defending District 2 Class 2A champion now sits at 0-2 on the season.
‚??The first half we played decent football,‚?Ě GAR coach Paul Wiedlich Jr. said. ‚??It comes down to mental mistakes, mental miscues and mental breakdowns. We turned the ball over too much again and we‚??re going to work on those Monday.‚?Ě
Dunmore gained the lead midway through the first quarter when Austin Seamon scored on a five-yard run to give the Bucks a 7-0 advantage.
On the ensuing possession, Dunmore capitalized on a Rashaun Mathis fumble, recording a five play, 35-yard drive. John Rinaldi capped off the scoring drive with a nine-yard touchdown pass to Seamon to give the Bucks a 15-0 lead with two minutes left in the first.
Despite three more turnovers in the first half, the Grenadiers‚?? defense held the deficit at 15 points heading into the half.
‚??We should have been up or at least tied going into halftime,‚?Ě Wiedlich said. ‚??The turnovers are unacceptable and it‚??s going to cease. We need guys on the field that aren‚??t going to turn the ball over.‚?Ě
On the first possession of the third quarter, Dunmore converted two fourth down plays to extend the Bucks‚?? drive. Rinaldi capped off the scoring drive with an 18-yard touchdown run to give Dunmore a 22-0 advantage.
After Dunmore forced a three-and-out, Rinaldi handed the ball off to Seamon who scampered 44 yards for the touchdown. The run gave Seamon 200 yards on the night and Dunmore the 29-0 lead.
Despite having opportunities, the Grenadiers couldn‚??t penetrate the Dunmore defense that hasn‚??t allowed a point this season in two games. GAR managed just one touchdown in its first two games and has been outscored by its opponents 63-7.
GAR also compiled 12 fumbles, eight fumbles lost and four interceptions in its first two games.
D -- Austin Seamon 5 run (Mike Boland kick), 5:58
D -- Seamon 9 pass from John Rinaldi (2-point conversion), 2:45
D -- Rinaldi 18 run (Boland kick), 8:48
D -- Seamon 44 run (Boland kick), 6:10
RUSHING ‚?? DUN, Austin Seamon 22-200, John Rinaldi 4-31, John Speicher 3-6, Skakal Blackwell 1- (minus 1), Sal Marchese 4-1, Josh Sawka 1-4, Bob Stout 1-2, Mike Kolcharno 1-(-1), Matt Rogan 1-7, Liam McDonald 3-(-3), Justin Rogan 3-6, Tyler Lasher 2-14. GAR, Rashaun Mathis 10-54, Rich Sickler 11-33, Lucas Benton 3-15, Elmer Strollis 9-7.
PASSING ‚?? DUN, John Rinaldi 3-10-0-63. GAR, Rashaun Mathis 1-10-2-15, Corey Moore 2-5-1-25.
RECEIVING ‚?? DUN, Mike Kolcharno 2-54, Austin Seamon 1-9. GAR, Jamaar Taylor 2-23, Rich Sickler 1-17.
INTS ‚?? DUN, Mike Kolcharno, Matt Rogan, Austin Seamon.
MISSED FGS -- None