CARBONDALE — Thunder and lightning.
That was the Lake-Lehman offense Friday night, in what was a 40-0 shutout of Carbondale Area.
Whether it was the bruising of Black Knights fullback Matt Kurtz or Scott Robbins, the speed of Ryan Eiden and Zach Kojadinovich or even Ethan Adams’ arm, there wasn’t much the Chargers could do to stop Lake-Lehman.
Aside from an interception of Adams on his first pass of the night, a shot at the end zone while the Black Knights were driving, Lake-Lehman scored a touchdown on every other possession until midway through the fourth quarter, when the backups were in.
Carbondale looked to make the most of Nick Vadella’s interception of Adams with their first possession of the game.
In a flash the Chargers has the ball in Lake-Lehman territory thanks to a 61-yard dime from Adam Rossetti to Zach Racht.
Carbondale would set themselves up with a first-and-10 from the Lake-Lehman 38, but that’s as close to the end zone as the Chargers would get. A couple of minimal-gain rushing attempts and a near-interception later and the Black Knights would be in business.
A 65-yard punt return by Casey Kaminski sparked the Black Knights offense.
With Kurtz and Kojadinovich alternating rushing attempts, Lake-Lehman marched their way into a goal-to-go situation from the Carbondale 8. It was there that Scott Robbins got his lone touch of the game, an eight-yard carry into the end zone to put the Black Knights on the board 7-0 after a Justin Timonte extra-point attempt.
After watching the rushing attack dice the Carbondale defense, Adams got in on the fun.
It took two plays, both strikes for more than 20 yards, for the sophomore quarterback to find the end zone for the first time of the evening. First it was a 27-yard dart to Kaminski, to give the Black Knights a 14-0 lead with 11:19 remaining in the second quarter.
Adams’ second and third touchdown passes, a 61-yard strike to Kaminski and a 15-yard pass to Tyler Billotti, acted as daggers of sorts to the Carbondale defense.
Kaminski’s long run-and-catch came on a third-and-three from Lake-Lehman’s own 39-yard-line and put the Black Knights up 21-0 while Billotti’s reception put the Chargers away for good. It was the Black Knights’ final score of the 40-point route.
Even though Adams was mighty effective, tossing those three touchdowns on 6-for-15 passing for 171 yards, the ground game did just as much damage.
Kojadinovich rushed for 66 yards on eight carries, Eiden had a team-high 68 yards and a touchdown and Kurtz ran for 34 yards and a score.
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