Scran­ton un­able to slow down Ha­zle­ton Area


MOOSIC — For a chilly night on Mon­tage Moun­tain at PNC Field, the of­fenses started off red hot.

Both teams had scored be­fore 30 sec­onds ran off the clock.

It was Ha­zle­ton Area’s of­fense that stayed hot and de­liv­ered a 38-14 tri­umph over Scran­ton in a non­con­fer­ence game.

Both of­fenses worked ef­fi­ciently through­out the game with none of the touch­down drives last­ing longer than two plays.

Scran­ton (1-7) scored

quickly on its first of­fen­sive play when Rodo Brown ran a sweep around the Cougars de­fense for a 65-yard touch­down, giv­ing the Knights a very short-lived lead.

The rest of the quar­ter be­longed to Ha­zle­ton Area (3-5).

Twelve sec­onds later, Ha­zle­ton Area’s Ja­cob Hun­singer ran the en­su­ing kick­off back 83 yards to tie the game at 7-7 just 29 sec­onds into the game.

Ha­zle­ton Area quar­ter­back Sparky Wolk took over, throw­ing two touch­down passes in its next two pos­ses­sions. The first was a 65-yard pass to Nolan Sch­nei­der and then a 34-yard strike to Hun­singer.

Ha­zle­ton Area’s Will Bar­ri­en­tos tacked on a 37-yard field goal with 27 sec­onds left in the first quar­ter to give the Cougars a 24-7 lead.

The score stayed that way un­til half­time.

Scran­ton opened the sec­ond half with an 85-yard touch­down run by Kaleb Sher­man on its sec­ond play of the half, cut­ting the lead to 24-14.

But Ha­zle­ton Area struck back 45 sec­onds later when Dal­las Solomon ran through the Scran­ton de­fense for a 39-yard touch­down to give the Cougars a 31-14 lead.

Wolk threw for 210 yards and two touch­downs for Ha­zle­ton Area.

Scran­ton piled up 309 yards to­tal of­fense with both Brown and Sher­man run­ning for more than 100, but they had trou­ble mov­ing the ball con­sis­tently when they weren’t break­ing off long TD runs.

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Scran­ton’s Terry Nakazi, left, gets a block from team­mate Rodo Brown dur­ing Fri­day night’s game against Ha­zle­ton Area at PNC Field.

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