LEHMAN TWP. ‚?? By game‚??s end, it was hard to imagine Old Forge and Lake-Lehman were tied in the closing minutes of the first half.
Things fell apart so quickly for the Black Knights that it seemed Old Forge drove the ball into the end zone just as fast as the Black Knights gave it away.
The Blue Devils scored four touchdowns ‚?? all off turnovers ‚?? to turn a three-point lead at halftime into a 50-14 victory on Friday at Lake-Lehman High School. After letting up a first-quarter touchdown, Old Forge rattled off 42 consecutive points on the road.
‚??We made some big plays on their miscues,‚?Ě Blue Devils coach Mike Schuback said. ‚??Turnovers win games, and we only had one.‚?Ě
Lake-Lehman coach Jerry Gilsky declined comment after the loss.
The Black Knights‚?? struggles in the passing game gave the Blue Devils‚?? momentum in the third quarter. Bill Hillman threw two interceptions within a four-minute span that supplied Old Forge with a well-needed cushion. Brian Tomasetti picked off the second pass for a 50-yard interception return to put the Black Knights at a 22-7 deficit.
Trailing by seven after the first quarter, Old Forge took the lead with two seconds left in the first half on a Matt Mancuso field goal.
Lake-Lehman dominated the Blue Devils defensive line on its first possession of the game. The Black Knights ate the clock on an 11-play drive that yielded a 15-yard touchdown by Dustin Jones. Jones carried the ball 12 times in the first quarter for 66 yards, but picked up only 17 yards on nine carries for the rest of the game.
‚??Well obviously, the fullback (Jones) is a heck of a ball player,‚?Ě Schuback said. ‚??They kinda controlled the line of scrimmage in the first quarter.‚?Ě
Old Forge found success in the passing game. Brendan Wahl threw for 141 yards, including a 54-yard touchdown to Anthony Piccolini in the third quarter.
Tomasetti scored three rushing touchdowns to go with his interception return. The Blue Devils running back gained 128 yards on 18 carries.
‚??I thought the O-line controlled the ball every time we had it,‚?Ě Schuback said. ‚??We just made some bad throws, a bad fourth-down conversion. Other than that, our offensive front did well.‚?Ě
Coming off the bench in the fourth quarter, Josh Van Scoy had 88 yards on eight carries, including a 50-yard touchdown.
Piccolini jumped on two fumbles for Old Forge, grabbing one for a 63-yard return.
Old Forge 50, Lake-Lehman 14
LL ‚?? Dustin Jones 15 run (Kenny Kocher kick), 4:38
OF ‚?? Brian Tomasetti 5 run (Matt Mancuso kick), 6:07
OF ‚?? Mancuso 28 kick, :02
OF ‚?? Tomasetti 5 run (run failed), 10:23
OF ‚?? Tomasetti 50 interception return (pass failed), 8:04
OF ‚?? Anthony Piccolini 54 pass from Brendan Wahl (pass failed), 3:11
OF ‚?? Piccolini 63 fumble return (Shane Schuback kick), 1:51
OF ‚?? Tomasetti 10 run (Schuback kick), 11:54
LL ‚?? Josh Van Scoy 50 run (Kocher kick), 7:46
OF ‚?? Brandon Yescavage 63 run (Yescavage run), 6:16
|Team Statistics||Old Forge||Lehman|
RUSHING ‚?? OF: Tomasetti 18-128, Jordan Sekol 2-(minus-4), Wahl 3-12, Michael Vieira 1-1, Yescavage 2-64, Mike Trotta 2-5, Brandon Vahey 1-15; LL: DJones 21-85, Bill Hillman 5-2, Brady Butler 4-2, Tom Donovan 4-31, Van Scoy 8-88, Josh Sayre 4-15
PASSING ‚?? OF: Wahl 10-18-1-141; LL: Hillman 0-7-2-0, Anthony Ferrari 1-4-0-40
RECEIVING ‚?? OF: Warren Welsh 1-19, Vieira 3-35, Jake Manetti 2-14, Schuback 1-7, Tomasetti 1-1, Piccolini 2-65; LL: Sayre 1-40
INTS ‚?? OF: Welsh 1-34, Tomasetti 1-50; LL: Hillman 1-0; MISSED FGS ‚?? None