Lake-Lehman takes down Tunkhannock.
Borger, Kojadinovich spark Lake-Lehman
LEHMAN TWP. — The first half of the Lake-Lehman and Tunkhannock game looked like a track meet with both teams making explosive scoring plays.
When it was all over the teams combined for 855 total yards and the Black Knights prevailed 49-31.
At the break, Tunkhannock led 31-28 and the teams combined for five touchdowns of more than 20 yards.
The first five possessions of the game saw five consecutive touchdowns, four coming from at least 37 yards out. The teams scored on nine of ten first half possessions in total.
“You can’t give up 31 points in the first half,” Lake-Lehman head coach Jerry Gilsky said. “Nobody paid attention to game plan in the first half. Our secondary played on our heels. Offensively, both teams were juggernauts.”
Tunkhannock came out firing on its first possession. Quarterback Zach Rogers connected with Garrett Hopkins on an out route in stride. Hopkins turned and burned down the sideline for a 37-yard touchdown to open the scoring.
Lehman came right back. Zach Kojadinovich took the handoff on a beautifully designed counter trap, blew through a big hole, and sped into the end zone for a 53-yard score to tie the game at 7.
Tunkhannock responded going back to Hopkins who bounced a handoff outside, made a quick juke, and turned on the jets for a 44-yard score to put the Tigers in the lead 14-7.
On the ensuing kickoff, LakeLehman’s Casey Kaminski went 90 yards, including a stop-and-go move to beat the last defender for the kickoff return to tie the game at 14.
The Tigers quickly gained the lead 21-14 after Hopkins scored his third touchdown of the night. This time he bounced a toss outside, turned the corner, and plowed through a defender and into the end zone for an 8-yard score.
“You can’t go out and score, then allow the other team to score and keep flip-flopping,” Gilsky said. “There was no adjustment really. We just had to review the game plan. We are a second half team and fought back so credit to our kids.”
The scoring onslaught continued into the second quarter. Tunkhannock added a Billy Prebola 25-yard field goal and a Rogers to Jake Stephens 22-yard touchdown pass. The Black Knights scored twice more in the quarter on a Trey Borger 36-yard run and a quarterback Nate O’Donnell 3-yard score to close a wild first half.
In the second half, Lehman dug in on defense and pitched a shutout, while getting two explosive touchdowns from Borger of 68 and 78 yards. Kojadinovich added a 51-yard score to break open the game.
“Credit to our coaches because we really concentrated on attacking gaps offensively,” Gilsky said. “I like our speed and thought our kids did an excellent job in the second half.”
Lake-Lehman’s Trey Borger (11) runs past Tunkhannock’s Garret Hopkins (5) on Friday night at Edward H. Edwards Stadium.
Lake-Lehman’s Casey Kaminsky (4) breaks up a pass intended for Tunkhannock’s Jake Stephens (14) on Friday night.