SCRANTON ‚?? Coming off of a season-opening shutout loss against Abington Heights last week, Pittston Area looked to get the ship righted against Scranton on Friday night.
Unfortunately for the Patriots, Scranton came ready to play, handing Pittston Area its second loss of the season in a 43-0 romp at Scranton Memorial Stadium.
Things clicked from the get-go for the Knights as they scored on their first two offensive drives.
With 3:58 left in the first quarter, Scranton quarterback Marlinn Waiters threw a 15-yard strike to receiver Karlon Quiller before tailback Jake McCarthy found the end zone on a 15-yard gallop to give the Knights an early 14-0 lead with 1:50 remaining in the quarter.
At the same time, Pittston Area struggled mightily on offense, failing to pick up a first down for much of the first half. Its lone first down came on tailback Justin Wilk‚??s 66-yard run up the gut on his first carry of the game.
Scranton extended its lead to 21-0 in the second quarter when McCarthy scored on a 3-yard burst up the middle.
After Pittston Area turned the ball over on downs on its ensuing possession, Waiters tossed his second touchdown of the game for the Knights on a 21-yard lob to receiver Jim McNally on a corner fade. This pushed Scranton‚??s lead to 28-0 going into halftime.
Scranton didn‚??t wait long to pick up the scoring where it left off in the third quarter as Quiller returned the opening kickoff 84 yards down the right sideline to put the Knights up 35-0.
With the Mercy Rule now in effect, Pittston Area began to respond, intercepting Waiters in the end zone to end Scranton‚??s next possession.
The run-heavy Patriot offense then had its best drive of the game to start the fourth quarter, methodically moving the ball down the field into Knights territory.
Until this point in the game, it appeared as though Pittston Area coach Mike Barrett‚??s message to the team after last week‚??s loss about limiting mistakes on offense had been taken to heart.
However, the wheels soon fell off as the interceptions that plagued Pittston Area in its season-opener reared their ugly head.
On fourth-and-10 from Scranton‚??s 30-yard line, quarterback Kyle Gattusso was hurried and threw the ball right to a defensive lineman to end Pittston Area‚??s scoring threat.
From that point forward, Scranton ran down the clock as much as possible before Marcus Morrison pounded the ball into the end zone for one final score, giving Scranton the 43-0 lead.
‚??The kids are playing together and sticking together,‚?Ě Scranton coach Mike Marichak said. ‚??If they play together, good things can happen as we saw tonight.‚?Ě
Scranton 43, Pittston Area 0
S ‚?? Karlon Quiller 15 pass from Marlinn Waiters (2 point failed), 3:58
S ‚?? Jake McCarthy 15 run (2 point good), 1:50
S ‚?? McCarthy 3 run (Alvaro Fernandez kick good), 5:17
S ‚?? Jim McNally 21 pass (Fernandez kick good), 2.0
S -- Quiller 84 kickoff return (Fernandez kick good), 11:48
S -- Marcus Morrison 14 run (2 point good), 1:34
|Team Statistics||Pitt Area||Scranton|
RUSHING ‚?? PA, Justin Wilk 16-81, Kyle Gattusso 10-29, Marc Romanczuk 2-4, RJ Haas 2-3, Danny Gambini 2-10. SCR, Jake McCarthy 16-131, Marlinn Waiters 5-30, Kyle Czarkowski 3-45, Paul Rutledge 3-12, Scott Syryla 1-0, Charlie Pabst 3-11, Marcus Morrison 1-14.
PASSING ‚?? PA, Kyle Gattusso 4-9-1-77. SCR, Marlinn Waiters 6-10-1-89, Kyle Piercinski 1-1-0-19.
RECEIVING ‚?? PA, Sam Falcone 1-39, Joe Starinsky 1-14, Marc Romanczuk 1-16, Rich Weinstock 1-8. SCR, Karlon Quiller 2-39, Jim McNally 2-49, Jake McCarthy 2-22, Bryan Keller 1-19.