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Lakeland Pummels Scranton Prep 41-14

Tagged under: District 2, Gameday Hub, News

| August 27, 2022


” I’m kinda speechless,” said Lakeland quarterback Dominico Spataro. For Scranton Prep an interception, a fumble, a muffed kickoff, and the emotions of playing without star running back London Montgomery were too much to overcome.

The Chiefs wasted no time scoring. On the Chief’s opening drive, they used an unfamiliar ground attack to get the ball into Caviler territory. Running back Evan Pochas capped off the drive with a 27-yard touchdown run to put the Chiefs up 7-0 with 10:40 left in the quarter.

The Chief’s defense would force a 3 and out on offense for Prep. That set up The Chief’s second score of the game. The Chiefs would receive the punt from their own 46-yard line, and start their attack once again. The Chiefs would put together a 12-play 54-yard drive that was capped off with a 4-yard touchdown run by Dominico Spataro to put the Chiefs up 14-0 with 4:13 left in the first quarter.

Prep’s disastrous start would only get worse. They fumbled the ensuing kickoff and the Chief’s Jon Seaman’s recovered it. The Cavilers got a much-needed stop. Lacota Dippres’s cannon leg would pin the Cavilers at their 5-yard line with a 50-yard punt and that’s where the Caviler’s struggles started again. Lakeland’s defense would keep prep inside the 10-yard line forcing the Cavilers to punt deep in their own territory. Paddy Grady’s punt would go backward, helping the Chiefs set up shop at the Caviler 5-yard line. It wouldn’t take long for the Chiefs to strike again. Just 1 play later, the Holy Cross commit Lacota Dippre,  would find the end zone on a 5-yard touchdown run to put the Chiefs up 21-0 with 11:44 left in the second quarter.

Prep’s fate did not improve. In just a minute and 4 seconds, Lakeland’s Domnico Spataro would pick off a pass and return it to the 40-yard line. Two plays later speedster and track star Jon Seamans would take a pop pass 40 yards to the house for another Lakeland score. The extra point was no good, and with 10:40 left in the second quarter, the Chiefs led 27-0.

Both the Chiefs and Cavilers would bet get scores before the half came to an end. Kyle Liddy would recover another Prep fumble on special teams, setting up the Chiefs inside the 10-yard line. We finally got to see that signature air raid attack of Spataro when he connected with wide receiver Kevin Synder for the 6-yard touchdown pass, putting the Chiefs up 33-0 with 5:19 left In the half. The extra point was blocked The Cavilers would avoid the first-half shutout by putting on their best drive of the game.   Quenten Palermo would take the toss play 3 yards for the Cavalier’s score with 10 seconds left in the half.  The Chiefs marched into halftime with a commanding 33-7 lead.

The second half only saw 2 scores after the Chief’s defense force another 3 and out. Spataro would lead the Chiefs down the field again before coming out due to a cramp. Backup quarterback and Freshman David Naniewicz would cap off the Chief’s drive with a QB sneak putting the Chiefs up 41-7 with 5 minutes left in the third quarter after a successful 2-point conversion. The Cavilers would score once more late in the fourth quarter with 5 minutes left when quarterback Louis Parris connected on a 13-yard touchdown pass to quenten Palermo to make the score 41-14 Lakeland.  The Chiefs (1-0) will host Carbondale (0-1) next week, while Scranton Prep (0-1) will play host to West Scranton (1-0)

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