ROAD WAR­RIORS

Old Forge, Montrose earn wins away from home over Sabers, Cru­saders.

The Times-Tribune - - Sports - BY JOBY FAWCETT STAFF WRITER Con­tact the writer: jb­fawcett@timessham­rock.com; 570-348-9125; @JobyFawcett26 on Twit­ter

SUSQUE­HANNA — Tommy Souriyavong gave Old Forge the lit­tle spark and jolt it needed to stay un­de­feated.

His quick stride and soft hands pro­duced touch­downs in the pass­ing game and on spe­cial teams, and he had a fum­ble re­cov­ery and an in­ter­cep­tion, help­ing the sev­enth-ranked Blue Devils earn a 42-13 win over Susque­hanna on a steamy Satur­day af­ter­noon at Wil­liam Em­minger Me­mo­rial Field.

Old Forge (4-0 over­all, 3-0 Divi­sion III), kept pace with Dun­more at the top of the Lack­awanna Foot­ball Con­fer­ence Divi­sion III stand­ings and handed Susque­hanna (3-1, 2-1) its first loss of the sea­son.

“I am very happy,” Souriyavong said. “We have been prac­tic­ing ev­ery day look­ing for­ward to this game. We came out and showed what Blue Devils foot­ball is all about.”

Souriyavong, a shifty re­ceiver and kick re­turner, had a 51-yard punt re­turn for a score dur­ing a 24-point first-quar­ter on­slaught by the Blue Devils, and added touch­down re­cep­tions of 25 and 28 yards.

His fum­ble re­cov­ery on the game’s open­ing play got the Blue Devils go­ing quickly and his in­ter­cep­tion in the fourth quar­ter al­lowed them to seize pos­ses­sion and run out the fi­nal 11:08 of game play with the run­ning clock.

“We try to start out fast,” Souriyavong said. “We want to get the teams worn down early.”

Old Forge gained a slight mea­sure of re­venge against the Sabers.

Last sea­son, Susque­hanna de­feated the Blue Devils, 40-13, in a spe­cial East­ern Con­fer­ence play­off game in the sea­son finale for both teams.

Bren­dan Moze­leski, who is in his fourth year as a starter, pow­ered the Old Forge of­fense on the ground.

Like a bat­ter­ing ram, the 5-foot-10, 205-pound se­nior pounded him­self into the cen­ter of the Susque­hanna de­fense, then found some clear sail­ing af­ter bounc­ing out­side, to­tal­ing 178 yards and two touch­downs.

“This week, the coaches re­minded us of what hap­pened last year, but this is a new year and a new team,” Moze­leski said. “We have great lead­er­ship on this team. We re­ally want to work hard.

“We had to come back and just do our thing. Our de­fense was very good, I thought. Over­all, it was a good ef­fort.”

Old Forge got to work from the open­ing kick­off and over­whelmed the Sabers with a quick wave of in­ten­sity.

Af­ter Souriyavong re­cov­ered a fum­ble on Susque­hanna’s first play, Moze­leski darted 32 yards for a touch­down. Old Forge strug­gled in the kick­ing game all af­ter­noon with penal­ties and ex­e­cu­tion, fail­ing to con­vert any pointafter touch­down at­tempts.

Old Forge forced a three­and-out and a punt, which Souriyavong cra­dled and took right back along the Susque­hanna side­line for a 51-yard score and a 12-0 lead.

“All I saw was block­ing,” Souriyavong said. “Ev­ery­body was block­ing. There was a good hole and all I had to do was cut out­side and score the touch­down.”

Tyler Carey blocked Susque­hanna’s next punt at­tempt. Moze­leski fol­lowed with a 12-yard run and fresh­man quar­ter­back Dante Lu­carelli scored on a 1-yard dive to push the mar­gin to 18-0 with 5:40 left in the first quar­ter.

On their next pos­ses­sion, the Blue Devils crossed the goal line again. Sopho­more run­ning back Kevin Pepsin fin­ished a 7-play, 64-yard drive with a 3-yard run giv­ing Old Forge a 24-0 lead on 12 of­fen­sive plays.

Old Forge in­creased the mar­gin to 30-0 when Lu­carelli found Souriyavong for a 25-yard score in the se­cond quar­ter. Lu­carelli fin­ished with 87 yards pass­ing and his two scores to Souriyavong.

“We knew they were go­ing to come in an­gry and we thought we were ready for that,” Susque­hanna coach Kyle Cook said. “They are very good. They are strong and they are fast. They are a lot bet­ter than they were last year and we made a lot of mis­takes. “We got into too deep a hole to come back from.”

Susque­hanna re­sponded when Sam Cos­mello caught a 47-yard touch­down pass from C.J. Stone. But the Sabers had trou­ble mov­ing the ball all game, grind­ing out 69 yards rush­ing on 26 car­ries, while earn­ing only four first downs.

Old Forge pushed the lead to 42-6 with two scor­ing drives in the third quar­ter. Lu­carelli found Souriyavong for a 28-yard score with 10:47 left, and Moze­leski scored on a 17-yard run, one play af­ter a bad snap on a punt landed the Blue Devils in scor­ing po­si­tion with 8:04 to play in the third.

Ma­son Deakin caught a 1-yard touch­down pass for Susque­hanna to close out the scor­ing at 3:21 of the third.

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