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What a Knight, Stepeny Sparks Scranton past Abington Heights 42-7

Tagged under: District 2, Gameday Hub, Playoffs

| November 5, 2022


“He’s our leader,” said Scranton head coach Steve Shumbres about Senior WR Donato Stepney who accounted for 3 touchdowns in the Knights’ 42-7 win over Abington Heights in the Class 5A Quarterfinals. The Knights (8-3) will host Delaware Valley (6-5) Friday for the Class 5A title.

The Knights wasted no time getting the scoring started. On the Knight’s opening drive QB Billy Maloney would use his legs to set up the Knights at the 35-yard line.  The drive was capped off when Maloney connected with Donato Stepney from 35 yards out on fourth down to give the Knights a 7-0 lead with 9:01 left.

The Knights would score in similar fashion when once again on fourth down Maloney would toss a touchdown pass. This time it was to Noah Ardestani from 34 yards out to give the Knights a 14-0 lead with 9:36 left in the first half. The Comets would score late in the first half after forcing a fumble at its own 25. QB Shawn Theodore who threw for 177 yards completed 5 passes on the drive including a 40-yard touchdown to Mason Fedor to make it a one-score game heading into the half.

After what looked like to be a scoreless third quarter the Knights got on the board with 10 seconds left. Donato Stepney blocked and recovered a point inside the Comet’s 5-yard line for a touchdown to give the Knights a 21-7 lead.

Just 8 seconds later the Knights would find the end zone again. A bad snap went over QB Shawn Theodore’s head and was recovered by Donovan Laybourn-Boddie who took it 14 yards to the house to give the Knights a 28-7 lead with 11:52 left in the game. Shortly after the Knights would force a punt and go 66 yards in six plays. The drive was capped off when Maloney connected with Stepney again, this time from 18 yards out to give the Knights a 35-7 lead with 7:17 left. The Knights would cap off the perfect “Knight” with an 81-yard touchdown run by Lamiare Saldano to give the Knights a 42-7 lead.


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