TUNKHANNOCK -- With a dominant performance at the quarterback position and a stifling defense, Dallas dismantled Tunkhannock 60-0 on the road Friday.
With the win, the Mountaineers increased their winning streak to six games.
These players are enjoying the run they're in and I expect it to continue, Dallas coach Bob Zaruta said. They're that kind of a special group of young athletes.
The Mountaineers scored less than four minutes into the first quarter when Ryan Zapoticky delivered a perfect pass to the outstretched arms of Ryan Kozloski to give Dallas a 7-0 lead.
On the ensuing Dallas possession, Zapoticky struck again, firing a bullet to Jason Simonovich for a 16-yard touchdown pass to increase the Mountaineers' lead to 14.
After a Simonovich punt block and Kris Roccograndi touchdown run gave Dallas a 21-0 lead, the Mountaineers recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff. On third down, Zapoticky dropped back and decided to take it himself. He powered through Tunkhannock tacklers and fought threw a facemask to scamper for a 37-yard touchdown run and give Dallas a 27-0 advantage in the second quarter.
Ryan was doing a great job of seeing the field tonight, Zaruta said. He stayed in the pocket, had great protection up front and he was finding the open receivers and when he needed to run he ran.
Zapoticky finished with four passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown.
When the Mountaineers didn't have the ball, the Dallas defense stymied the Tunkhannock offense as the Tigers didn't get a first down until five minutes into the second quarter and crossed midfield for the first time with 3:49 remaining in the first half.
The Mountaineers also scored two defensive touchdowns and held Josh Colley, who recorded 223 total yards for the Tigers a week earlier, to just 24 yards.
Simonovich led the Dallas defense with a 42-yard interception return for a touchdown to add to his blocked punt earlier in the game.
Jason Simonovich's defensive play is one of the reasons why our defense just keeps getting better and better, Zaruta said. This is his first year as defensive end and he is excelling now at that position and he loves it and you could see that in his performance.
Omar Nijmeh added another interception return for a touchdown for the Dallas defense that forced three turnovers.
Next week, the Mountaineers will put their winning streak on the line against rival Lake-Lehman.
As good we're playing right now, every week we find ways to improve and they're all 100 percent eager to keep improving their game, Zaruta said.
DAL – Ryan Kozloski 39 pass from Ryan Zapoticky (Kozloski kick), 8:18
DAL – Jason Simonovich 16 pass from Zapoticky (Kozloski kick), 3:39
DAL – Kris Roccograndi 1 run (Kozloski kick), 10:07
DAL – Zapoticky 37 run (kick failed), 8:31
DAL – Chris Behm 20 pass from Zapoticky (Zach Macosky pass from Kozloski), 0:48
DAL – Simonovich 42 interception return (kick failed), 10:40
DAL – John Murray 16 pass from Zapoticky (Kozloski kick), 5:25
DAL – Omar Nijmeh 52 interception (kick failed), 8:15
DAL – Matt Harrison 6 run (conversion failed), 1:40
RUSHING – DAL, Roccograndi 12-42, Zapoticky 2-46, Bill Gately 3-4, Logan Brace 2-16, Justin Mucha 1-3, Ryan Cheskiewicz 3-27, Harrison 2-9, Mike Olenginski 1-12; TUNK, Josh Robinson 8-36, Shane Edmondson 4-3, Brian Beauchemin 6-(-9), Josh Colley 5-24, Colton Coolbaugh 3-28, Brandon Dailey 4-13, Joey Leon 2-6
PASSING –DAL, Zapoticky 8-11-0-157; TUNK, Beauchemin 2-4-0-11, Ryan Ell 0-4-2-0, Colley 0-1-0-0
RECEIVING – DAL, Simonovich 2-53, Kozloski 2-48, Roccograndi 2-15, Behm 1-24, Murray 1-16; TUNK, Mar Markovitz 1-10, Robinson 1-1
NTS – DAL, Simonovich, Nijmeh
MISSED FGS – None