O’boyle torches Pittston Area for six TDS

Scran­ton Prep QB throws 5 TD passes in first half as Cavs rout Pa­tri­ots.


YATESVILLE — Se­nior quar­ter­back Leo O’boyle threw for five touch­downs and ran in an­other — all in the first half — as No. 2 Scran­ton Prep scored 29 in the sec­ond quar­ter and rolled to a 50-12 vic­tory over Pittston Area.

“It def­i­nitely felt great. This was per­fect foot­ball weather for me,” O’boyle

said. “The re­ceivers just ran great routes, and the coaches called per­fect plays. I just had to put the ball in the right spots for them. I didn’t ex­pect to have six touch­downs. It does feel good, but it’s all about the win. That’s the main part.”

The Cava­liers and their quar­ter­back were un­stop­pable in that first half.

Six of­fen­sive pos­ses­sions, six touch­downs on 30 plays. A to­tal of 263 yards in the open­ing 24 min­utes.

It was a plethora of op­tions, too, from a six-play, 50-yard pos­ses­sion to start the game, to sev­eral quick­hit­ters across the mid­dle of the field that led to long touch­downs.

O’boyle, who ver­bally com­mit­ted to play bas­ket­ball at Lafayette Col­lege, was just as im­pres­sive — com­plet­ing all but five passes for 200 yards, hook­ing up with four dif­fer­ent re­ceivers.

He showed an ar­ray of passes from a swing toss to Carter Odell that went 23 yards for a score, to a beau­ti­fully-lofted ball that Michael Grady ran un­der for a 28-yard TD.

“I feel like he al­ways tops the pre­vi­ous week,” Scran­ton Prep head coach Terry Gal­lagher said. “He has lit­er­ally thrown two in­com­plete passes in the last two games, while the oth­ers were drops. And our de­fense was pretty good. We had mo­ments this year where we hes­i­tate too much, and I thought that we hes­i­tated on their touch­down that they got. I would like to see them re­act a lit­tle more. We see the best quar­ter­back around in prac­tice each day. We shouldn’t have any ex­cuses on de­fense.”

The Pa­tri­ots strug­gled to keep the of­fense on the field.

Pittston Area to­taled five turnovers — two in­ter­cep­tions and three fum­bles — and was held to fewer than 100 yards in the first half.

The Pa­tri­ots (3-5) got it to a one-pos­ses­sion game early in the sec­ond quar­ter as quar­ter­back Mike Noc­ito found An­drew Krawczyk on a slant across the mid­dle that the re­ceiver turned into a 38-yard touch­down, trim­ming the deficit to 14-6.

That seemed to wake up the Cava­liers.

Scran­ton Prep (7-1) ripped off 29 points to close the sec­ond quar­ter, and Greco’s sec­ond touch­down of the half, a 7-yard score in front of the py­lon, sent the game into the mercy rule as the Cava­liers took a 43-6 lead into half­time.

The teams ex­changed scores in the fourth quar­ter.

Nick Ter­rery in­ter­cepted Pittston Area backup quar­ter­back PJ Pisano and re­turned it 55 yards for the score. Pittston Area closed the scor­ing as se­nior DJ Bran­ham ran 54 yards as time ex­pired.

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