Hornets smash Meteors
Honesdale ground game racks up 362 yards in march past Montrose.
MONTROSE — It seemed that no matter who touched the ball for Honesdale on Friday, good things happened.
Five players scored rushing touchdowns and Ethan Dunn threw a pair of touchdown passes as the Hornets rolled to a 49-13 win over Montrose in a nonleague game at Memorial Stadium.
Andy Carroll led the way on the ground with 177 yards and a score as Honesdale used 10 rushers to rack up 362 yards rushing.
“You never know when that injury is coming so we had the opportunity to switch some backs around and do some different things with the guys,” Honesdale coach Mike Jurkowski said. “So we took advantage of that opportunity and got some guys some reps.”
On Honesdale’s (2-6) first drive, Carroll broke free for a 51-yard run and Cameron Baker had a 13-yard gain on the five-play drive. Luke Bancroft capped the drive with a 6-yard run and the Hornets led 7-0. After forcing a punt on Montrose’s (0-8) next drive, Honesdale took over at its 33 and quickly drove down the field thanks to a 15-yard penalty and a 15-yard run by Baker. Later in the drive, Dunn hit Justin Lobasso for a 36-yard touchdown pass.
“With our offense, teams tend to load the box so it was our opportunity to kind of loosen them up a little bit,” Jurkowski said.
Ethan Cina hit Cameron Harder for a 15-yard gain on the Meteors’ next possession but the drive stalled and a short punt gave Honesdale the ball on Montrose’s 46-yard-line. After an incomplete pass, Carroll scored his touchdown run on the next play and Honesdale led, 21-0, at the end of the first quarter.
“Getting those touchdowns early just set the tone for the rest of the game,” Carroll said.
Montrose recovered a fumble on Honesdale’s first drive of the second quarter but the Hornets defense answered with a pair of sacks to force another punt. On the ensuing drive, Baker scored on a 33-yard run. After Honesdale forced a punt on Montrose’s next drive, the Hornets took over at the Meteors’ 36. Following a 5-yard penalty on first down, Carroll had a 33-yard gain down to the Montrose 8-yard-line. On the next play, Dunn rolled to his right and hit Baker near the 5-yard-line and Baker turned up field and scored to give Honesdale a 35-0 lead.
Honesdale started at midfield on its next drive and Carroll had a 15-yard run on first down. Two plays later, Ethan Parker scored on a 29-yard run and the Hornets led, 42-0, at halftime.