Rug­gieri, Buck­horns pound Tunkhan­nock

The Times-Tribune - - HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL - BY SCOTT WALSH STAFF WRITER

PALMYRA TWP. — Wal­len­pau­pack racked up some im­pres­sive of­fen­sive num­bers Fri­day night against Tunkhan­nock.

With se­nior Nick Rug­gieri lead­ing the way, the No. 4 Buck­horns had 474 to­tal yards in a 47-7 non­con­fer­ence win.

Rug­gieri car­ried 15 times for 258 yards and four touch­downs cov­er­ing 5, 30, 18 and 63 yards.

“My line was just amaz­ing tonight,” Rug­gieri said. “We just got it done. I couldn’t be more proud of (the line­men). They blocked from start to fin­ish.

“I just kept my head up and looked for the hole. If it was there, it was there. If not, I just low­ered my shoul­der.”

Joe In­gulli added 65 rush­ing yards and a touch­down and Manny Obeng also ran

for a score. Quar­ter­back Tom Mccormick threw for 116 yards, in­clud­ing an 18-yard touch­down pass to Eric Smith that opened the scor­ing for the Buck­horns (5-3) 1:56 into the game.

For all those sta­tis­tics, though, Wal­len­pau­pack’s big­gest play of the game might have been on de­fense.

Trail­ing, 28-7, Tunkhan­nock (2-6) marched to the Wal­len­pau­pack 9 right be­fore half­time. But on third-and-goal, Exza­vier Warner sacked Tigers quar­ter­back Jack Chil­son for a 17-yard loss. That made it a long field goal try for Jax­son Mon­tross and his 44-yard at­tempt was wide left.

“Coach (Mark Wat­son) told me to just go full bore,” Warner said. “I was lucky that he turned back to me and I just wrapped him up.”

In­stead of Tunkhan­nock com­ing away with points and mo­men­tum, Wal­len­pau­pack took con­trol in the third quar­ter.

Of the Buck­horns’ first nine plays, they picked up first downs on six of them and scored twice.

“They were just big­ger, faster, stronger. Across the board, they’re a very good team,” Tunkhan­nock coach Mike Mara­bell said. “Ex­actly what we ex­pected. They’re a lot faster in per­son than they are on film.”

Chil­son fin­ished 14 for 25 pass­ing for 155 yards, one in­ter­cep­tion and one touch­down — a 51-yarder to Gar­ret Hop­kins with 4:09 left in the sec­ond quar­ter to ac­count for Tunkhan­nock’s lone score.

Con­tact the writer: swalsh@timessham­rock.com

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