STRIVE FOR 5

Dun­more routs Susque­hanna for fifth straight cham­pi­onship Seven play­ers score touch­downs for Bucks.

The Times-Tribune - - SPORTS - BY SCOTT WALSH STAFF WRITER

DUN­MORE — Dun­more was on a quest, par­tic­u­larly its se­niors.

A vic­tory Satur­day night would give the Bucks five straight dis­trict ti­tles and four for the se­nior class. Mis­sion ac­com­plished. Be­hind a dom­i­nant per­for­mance on both sides of the ball, the No. 1-seeded Bucks rolled to a 60-19 win over No. 3 Susque­hanna in the Dis­trict 2 Class 2A cham­pi­onship game at Dun­more Vet­er­ans Me­mo­rial Sta­dium.

Seven play­ers had touch­downs for Dun­more (9-3), led by two each from Cris­tian Buck­ley and Rayshaun Dawkins. Of­fen­sively, the Bucks scored on their first seven pos­ses­sions to storm to a 54-0 lead late in the third quar­ter. De­fen­sively, they

lim­ited Susque­hanna (7-5) to just 35 to­tal yards in the first half.

Af­ter­ward, the play­ers ded­i­cated the win to head coach Jack Hen­zes, who has been side­lined all sea­son while re­cov­er­ing from a heart pro­ce­dure.

“This one is a lit­tle more spe­cial be­cause it’s for coach,” se­nior de­fen­sive back Greg Mcdade said. “It’s been weird with­out him, so it’s good that we got the win for him.”

With the win, Dun­more moves on to the PIAA Class 2A tour­na­ment, where it will face Dis­trict 12 cham­pion West Catholic in the first round Fri­day night at a site and time to be de­ter­mined. West Catholic beat Bishop Mcde­vitt in dou­ble over­time Satur­day, 34-33, to ad­vance.

“We work for this all year round,” Bucks se­nior de­fen­sive line­man Tyler Over­holtz said. “We’re al­ways work­ing out, mak­ing sure we’re at our best, do­ing the best that we can do. We look for­ward to it from the begin­ning of the sea­son. Work, work, work, work. keep on it and it pays out in the end. All the morn­ing and af­ter­school lift­ing is worth it.”

Af­ter forc­ing Susque­hanna to punt on the open­ing pos­ses­sion, Dun­more marched 57 yards in eight plays with Buck­ley capping the drive on a 4-yard touch­down run. The first of Emma Coar’s six ex­tra points made it 7-0 with 5:17 left in the first quar­ter.

Two plays into the en­su­ing Sabers pos­ses­sion, Mcdade in­ter­cepted a C.J. Stone pass and re­turned it 20 yards for a touch­down that made it 13-0 with 4:22 left in the first.

“I have to give the credit to my de­fen­sive line. They got to the quar­ter­back and forced a bad ball,” said Mcdade, who had an­other in­ter­cep­tion re­turn for a touch­down later in the first half wiped out by a penalty. “I was just in the right place at the right time to re­turn it.”

Fol­low­ing an­other punt, the Bucks went on the move again and this drive was all Kyle Har­rity. The se­nior run­ning back caught a 21-yard pass from quar­ter­back Steve Bor­gia, had a 33-yard run, then fin­ished off the drive with a 2-yard touch­down run that made it 20-0 with 1:27 left in the first.

“The coaches have faith in me to run the ball, so I just try to do the best I pos­si­bly can,” Har­rity said. “I have to thank the O-line. Those guys were re­ally mov­ing peo­ple.”

A Bor­gia in­ter­cep­tion on the fi­nal play of the first quar­ter set up the next Dun­more score — a 10-yard run by Dawkins that made it 27-0 with 10:19 left in the sec­ond.

On the en­su­ing kick­off, Ralph Tol­ley re­cov­ered a Susque­hanna fum­ble at the Sabers 19. Six plays later, Dawkins scored on a 5-yard run to make it 34-0 with 8:30 left in the sec­ond.

One play af­ter Mcdade’s sec­ond in­ter­cep­tion, Bor­gia hit Buck­ley for a 45-yard touch­down and a 41-0 lead with 7:07 left.

Tol­ley’s 5-yard touch­down run with 1:34 left be­fore half­time ex­panded the mar­gin to 47-0.

A 30-yard touch­down pass from Bor­gia to Charles Val­vano in the third quar­ter and a 4-yard TD run by Ab­dul James in the fourth closed out the Dun­more scor­ing.

Susque­hanna avoided the shutout in the fourth quar­ter. Sam Cos­mello had touch­down runs of 16 and 22 yards and Peanut Wans­ley re­turned a kick­off 65 yards for a score.

JAKE DANNA STEVENS / STAFF PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

Dun­more’s Ralph Tol­ley scores a touch­down af­ter a fum­ble from a Susque­hanna scrum at­tempt dur­ing the first half of play at Dun­more on Satur­day.

JAKE DANNA STEVENS / STAFF PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

Val­ley View’s Ma­son Kordish runs for a touch­down against West Scran­ton dur­ing Satur­day’s semi­fi­nal.

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