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Dallas Dominates Hazleton 42-20

Tagged under: District 2, Gameday Hub, News

| October 1, 2022


Dallas made sure there was no dramatic overtime finish this time against the Cougars, from start to finish Parker Bolesta and Brady Zapoticky dominated en route to a dominating 42-20 victory over previously undefeated Hazleton.

The Mountaineers knew they needed to get off to a fast start and did so. Just 4 plays into the game Stony Brook commit Parker Bolesta broke loose on the left side and went 49 yards untouched for the Mountaineer’s touchdown giving Dallas a 7-0 lead with 11:04 left in the first quarter. The Cougars would get off to a disastrous start when the Cougars fumbled a halfback draw and Dallas recovered at the Hazleton 38-yard line. Just minutes later Bolesta would power it in from 3 yards out to give the Mountaineers a 14-0 lead. The Cougar’s second drive of the game went as disastrous as the first one when Tyler Wolfe’s pass was intercepted by Mike Lewis who returned it to the cougar’s 35. Dallas would set up shop there and once again marched down into the red zone, where Parker Bolesta would find the end zone again this time from 8 yards out to give Dallas a 21-0 lead with 1:04 left in the quarter. Hazleton would respond back just 2 plays later when Tyler Wolfe scrambled out left and found Connor Shamany wide open who turned on the jets and ran 76 yards for the Cougar’s score. Cutting the lead down to 15 after the failed 2-point conversion with 9 seconds left in the half.

The Cougar’s bid at a comeback was short-lived when Dallas would travel 54 yards on six plays to find the end zone once again. Brady Zapoticky would connect with Nick Farrell 29 yards for the Dallas score to give the Mountaineers a 28-6 lead with 10:02 left in the half. The Cougars threatened to score late in the half, but Rich Mannello’s defense made a big play something they have done all season. Joe Peters intercepted a pass at the 5-yard line and returned it 77 yards to the Hazleton 18-yard line. The Mountaineers used their field position to their advantage to get another quick score something they did all night long. On the first play of the drive after the interception, Brady Zapoticky connected with Dylan Geskey on play action 18 yards for the Dallas touchdown to make the score 35-6 as they went into the Half.

The Cougars would turn it over downs on their first drive of the second half, and right back to work went Bolesta. Just 5 plays later the senior running back would take it in from 17 yards out for his fourth touchdown of the night which gave Dallas a 42-6 lead with 8:25 left in the half. The Cougars would get on the board twice in the fourth quarter, first when Tyler Wolfe connected with Ryan Maytas on the 14-yard touchdown pass to make the score 42-14 with 4:12 to play in the game after the 2-point conversion. The Cougars would proceed to recover the onside kick and just a few plays later Matthew Cusatis took the jet sweep 16 yards to the house making the score 42-20 with 2:18 left in the game.

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