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Spataro’s big day leads Lakeland past Western Wayne 35-28

Tagged under: District 2, Gameday Hub, News

| October 22, 2022


Heading into the fourth quarter with a one-point lead the Chiefs knew they would need a big play if they wanted to stay undefeated. The Chiefs got that big play from senior quarterback Dominico Spataro who took it in from 22 yards out on fourth down to help lead the Chiefs to a 35-28 win.

The Chiefs wasted no time getting the scoring started, On the Chief’s opening drive of the game, they went 90 yards in 13 plays to set up shop in the Wildcat’s Red Zone. Lacota Dippre capped off the drive with a 7-yard touchdown reception from Dominico Spataro to give the Chiefs a 7-0 lead with 7:21 left in the quarter.

The Wildcats would respond back just 4 minutes later when quarterback Frankie Leyshon connected with Sean Owens on a 39-yard touchdown pass to tie the game up at 7 with 3:16 left in the first quarter.

The Chiefs would respond right back using their air raid passing game. Spataro would connect with Dippre twice on the drive helping set up Spataro for the 1 yard score with 11:39 left in the first half to give the Chiefs a 14-7 lead.

The Chiefs forced a punt by the Wildcats and were looking to put them away early on before a fumble in Chiefs territory that was recovered by Luke Janiszewski halted that. The Wildcats would use that turnover to put points on the board when Leyshon hit Sean Owens from 25 yards to tie the game at 14 with 7:46 left in the first half.

The Wildcats fed off of Lakeland’s mistake all night long and they did so once again when Spataro’s pass was intercepted by Sean Owens. Another Chiefs turnover would once again turn into points for the Wildcats when Josh Vinton took it in from 1 yard to give the Wildcats a 20-14 lead with 2:01 left in the first half after the missed extra point.

In a scoreless third quarter, all went wrong for the Wildcats when they lost star running back Luke Janiszewski who did not return. Janiszewski enter Friday’s contest as the Lackawanna League’s leading rusher with 1,242.

The Chiefs would score on the first play of the fourth quarter when Spataro took it in from 4 yards out to give the Chiefs a 29-20 lead with 11:55 left after a successful 2 point conversion. Just 3 minutes and 40 seconds later the Wildcats would come within 1 once again when Layshon on play action would hit Carter Mistinshin for the score, the 2 point conversion was good and the scoreboard now read Chiefs 29, Wildcats 28 with 8:16 left in the game.

The Chiefs would put the nail in the coffin with 2:26 left in the game, on fourth and sixth Spataro would look to pass then scramble right and sprint 22 yards for the Chiefs giving them a 35-28 lead.

Lakeland (9-0) will be on the road @ Mid Valley (2-8), While Western Wayne (7-2) will be on the road @ Honesdale (5-4)

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