Lake-Lehman takes down Tunkhan­nock.

Borger, Ko­jadi­novich spark Lake-Lehman

The Citizens' Voice - - Sports - BY NI­CHOLAS GILL COR­RE­SPON­DENT Con­tact the writer: sports@cit­i­zensvoice.com

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.”

FRANK LAURI / CON­TRIBUT­ING PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

Lake-Lehman’s Trey Borger (11) runs past Tunkhan­nock’s Gar­ret Hop­kins (5) on Fri­day night at Ed­ward H. Ed­wards Sta­dium.

FRANK LAURI / CON­TRIBUT­ING PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

Lake-Lehman’s Casey Kamin­sky (4) breaks up a pass in­tended for Tunkhan­nock’s Jake Stephens (14) on Fri­day night.

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