By Steve Svetovich
The undefeated Dunmore Bucks rolled over the crosstown Holy Cross Crusaders, 61-6, Friday, September 23, at Gatto Veterans Memorial Stadium, Dunmore.
Senior stalwart tailback Colin Holmes scored on touchdown runs of 44 and 43 yards on his only two carries of the game.
Junior starting quarterback Gavin Darcy hit on four-of-eight passes for 83 yards, including two touchdown strikes to senior Michael Dougherty. The touchdown tosses were from 40 and 31 yards out.
Senior back Kyle Lasher, who was featured on a Super Bowl pre-game show earlier this year, ran twice for 38 yards, including a 23-yard touchdown jaunt with 6:27 left in the first quarter to give the Bucks a commanding 21-0 lead after the extra point kick.
Holmes’ 43-yard touchdown gallop came with 10:25 left in the first quarter. His second touchdown run, a 44-yard scamper, came with 3:55 left in the first quarter giving Dunmore a 28-0 lead after the extra point kick.
Dougherty’s first touchdown, a 40-yard pass from Darcy, came with 9:05 left in the first quarter. His second touchdown, a 31-yard ariel strike from Darcy, came with 10:39 left in the second quarter. The extra point kick failed, but the Bucks had a 34-0 lead.
Dunmore (5-0 overall and 4-0 in Lackawanna League Division III), built a 47-0 halftime lead and scored touchdowns on four of its first nine offensive plays.
The brutal Dunmore running attack totaled 338 yards on 26 carries, or about 14 yards per carry. Holmes was almost untouched on both of his touchdown runs, a credit to the Dunmore offensive line.
Dunmore senior linebacker Robert Bistran really put the game out of reach for the Crusaders when he scored a touchdown on a 28-yard fumble return with 10:11 left in the second quarter. The extra point kick by Rinaldi made it 41-0 in favor of Dunmore.
That score gave veteran Dunmore coach Jack Henzes a chance to get his reserves an opportunity for playing time the rest of the contest.
The stingy Dunmore defense held Holy Cross to 103 total yards, including only 40 on the ground.
The Crusaders only score came with 11:53 left in the fourth quarter when senior Bailey Simrell scored on a two-yard burst. The two-point conversion attempt failed.
Simrell had a nice game, finishing with 27 yards on the ground and three catches for 48 yards.
The Bucks put on an impressive show offensively and defensively and it looks like coach Henzes has a very strong football team and contender once again.
Dunmore, at press time, is in first place in Lackawanna Football League Division III, with 192 points scored and 64 allowed.
Dunmore defeated Riverside, 41-13, Friday, September 16, at Dunmore. The Bucks totaled 306 yards on the ground in that contest. Lasher led the way with 89 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries. Holmes rushed for 70 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries. Joe Galenas rushed for 54 yards and one touchdown on seven carries in the win.