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.