Kelley leads Dallas to win over Hazleton Area

By Kevin Carroll - [email protected]
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HAZLETON — Lenny Kelley put on show Friday night as the Dallas running back ran for an eye-popping 263 yards and four touchdowns in a 41-13 romp over Hazleton Area.

Kelley scored on runs of 47, 35, 17 and 5 yards, providing a huge chunk of Dallas’ offense. Quarterback Michael Starbuck had himself a nice game as well, completing five passes for 103 yards and two scores, both to Matt Maransky.

Dallas controlled the tempo on both sides of the ball, with quick scoring drives and stout defense, forcing a number of three-and-outs and one turnover from the Cougars.

Kelley opened up the scoring with a 17-yard run in the first quarter, and then Dallas hung 19 second-quarter points on Hazleton, thanks to two more Kelley touchdown runs and a 63-yard touchdown pass from Starbuck to Maransky.

The Cougars were able to get on the board twice in the second half, with two touchdown runs by Kevin Meluskey. Meluskey finished with 64 yards on 15 carries to go along with his two scores. Quarterback Kellen Warner was 11-0f-19 for 94 yards, but threw a costly first-half interception to RJ Wren that set up a Dallas scoring drive.

The Mountaineers will look to continue their winning ways at home against Pittston Area, while Hazleton will look to bounce back against the Millionaires of Williamsport.

Dallas 41, Hazleton Area 13

Dallas`7`19`8`7 — 41

Hazleton Area`0`0`7`6 — 13

First quarter

DAL — Kelley 17 run 11:16

Second quarter

DAL — Maransky 63 pass (Starbuck) (PAT failed) 6:43

DAL — Kelley 47 run 6:43

DAL — Kelley 5 run 1:36

Third quarter

HAZ — Meluskey 4 run 9:22

DAL — Kelley 35 run 8:35

Fourth quarter

DAL — MAransky 37 pass (Starbuck) 9:08

HAZ — Meluskey 2 run (PAT failed) 3:37

Team statistics`DAL`HA

First downs`8`7

Rushes-yards`32-337`33-118

Passing yards`103`94

Total yards`440`212

Passing`5-9-103`11-19-104

Sacked-yards lost`0-0`1-5

Punts-avg.`1-29`7-34

Fumbles-lost`1-1`0-0

Penalties-yards`3-45`6-45

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING — DAL, Kelley 20-263, Meuser 5-58, Maransky 2-7, Delgaudio 3-5, Starbuck 2-4. HAZ, Meluskey 15-64, Warner 5-23, Johnson 9-10, Mattarella 2-6, Matyas 1-4.

PASSING — DAL, Starbuck 5-9-2-103. HAZ, Warner 11-19-0-94, Wolfe 0-1-0-0.

RECEIVING — DAL, MAransky 3-77, MEuser 1-18, Delgaudio 1-8. HAZ, Fisher 4-51, Meluskey 3-20, Shamany 1-16, Johnson 1-4.

INTERCEPTIONS — DAL, Wren 1-18. HAZ, FIsher 1-30.

MISSED FGs — VIS, None. HOM, None.

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By Kevin Carroll

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