SCRANTON ‚?? It started with a blocked punt that turned into a touchdown for the other team and finished with Hazleton Area just nine yards away from at least salvaging a score.
In between, not much else went right for the Cougars.
Instead, Scranton‚??s terrific tandem of Marlinn Waiters and Karlon Quiller stole the show, hooking up for two electric touchdowns early as the Knights rolled over Hazleton Area 43-0 in a high school football season opener for both.
‚??They just took it to us,‚?Ě Hazleton Area coach Jim Drumheller said.
It took just over two minutes for Scranton to establish complete dominance.
After a quick three-and-out, the Cougars had their first punt of the season blocked into the end zone and Scranton captain Matt Gorton pounced on it. Running back Jake McCarthy then took a direct snap across the goal line for a conversion run, and Scranton had a quick 8-0 lead.
‚??That first punt, that‚??s uncharacteristic,‚?Ě Drumheller said. ‚??We‚??re better than that. We just made mistakes early. We needed something good to happen to us early to be successful.‚?Ě
Instead, Quiller and Waiters made sure it got worse for the Cougars.
On Scranton‚??s opening possession, Waiters lofted a deep 26-yard toss and Quiller leaped high between two Hazleton Area defenders to pull it down for a 26-yard touchdown.
‚??We had two kids in position on the fade and Quiller took the ball away,‚?Ě Drumheller said. ‚??We knew all about Quiller, he‚??s definitely a Division I (college) prospect. He makes plays. And Waiters has a big-time arm.‚?Ě
A promising 67-yard march by Hazleton Area‚??s reserves in the fourth ended nine yards short of the end zone, as time expired.
‚??We have a young team,‚?Ě Drumheller said. ‚??Give all the credit in the world to Scranton. They‚??re sharp.
‚??We just weren‚??t any match for them.‚?Ě
Scranton 43, Hazleton Area 0
S ‚?? Matt Gorton blocked punt recovery in end zone (Jake McCarthy run), 9:52
S ‚?? Karlon Quiller 26 pass from Marlinn Waiters (Brandon Navoczynski run), 3:46
S ‚?? Quiller 21 pass from Waiters (Alvaro Fernandez kick), 11:08
S ‚?? McCarthy 41 run (Fernandez kick), 10:34
S ‚?? Kyle Czarkowski 1 run (Fernandez kick), 5:42
S ‚?? Scott Syryla 23 run (run failed), 4:37
|Team Statistics||Haz Area||Scranton|
RUSHING ‚?? HAZ, Joey Bryzick 4-60, Mitch Sefcik 3-25, Zach Zukoski 9-21, Nick George 2-10, Jeff Fendrick 6-6, Carmen Beltram 1-1, Glenn Zukoski 2- (minus 3), Julius Ward 5- (minus 10). SCR, Jake McCarthy 7-65, Scott Syryla 3-30, Paul Rutledge 4-10, Brad Zanette 1-6, Kyle Czarkowski 3-5, Kyle Piercinski 2-4, Marlinn Waiters 3- (minus 6).
PASSING ‚?? HAZ, Ward 11-15-0, 69; SCR, Waiters 7-9-1, 152, Piercinski 1-3-0, 16.
RECEIVING ‚?? HAZ, Fendrick 4-23, George 2-5, Danny Conahan 1-11, Jeff Ochs 1-10, Zack Kehler 1-9, Devion Barlow 1-6, Zach Zukoski 1-5; SCR, Brandon Navoczynski 2-61, Karlon Quiller 2-47, Jim McNally 2-29, Brad Zanette 1-16, McCarthy 1-15.
INTS ‚?? HAZ, Zach Zukoski.