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Dallas Routs Tunkhannock

August 25, 2018
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Dallas Routs Tunkhannock

DALLAS — Heading into Friday night’s contest, Dallas wanted to establish the line of scrimmage on both sides of the football. That mission was accomplished, as the Mountaineers racked up 439 yards of total offense while holding Tunkhannock to just 78 yards on the ground, beating the Tigers 53-21 at Mountaineer Stadium. “I am very pleased with the way our big boys up front played on both sides of the ball tonight,” said Mountaineer coach Rich Manello. “They executed very well as a unit.” Leading the way for Dallas on offense was quarterback Michael Starbuck, who threw for 184 yards and five touchdowns. Wide Receiver Luke DelGaudio hauled in three passes for 104 yards and two scores while Matt Maransky chipped in with 45 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Dallas received the opening kickoff and moved the football 66 yards in eight plays. Starbuck hit Nikolus Gashi with an 8-yard scoring strike to culminate the drive. The Mountaineer defense forced a 3 and out on the Tigers’ first possession of the game. The snap sailed over the head of Matt Ramey, who then attempted a forward pass only to have Dallas defensive lineman Xavier Shaner pick off the errant attempt. Five plays later, Lenny Kelley burst off tackle for the Mountaineer touchdown. On the ensuing kickoff, Tunkhannock’s Garrett Hopkins fielded the kickoff on his 11-yard line and raced up the middle untouched for an 89-yard touchdown. Dallas answered the Tiger score with an eight-play, 82-yard drive of its own. Key to the drive was a Gashi 52-yard burstoff tackle to keep the drive alive. With the ball resting on the 7-yard line, Starbuck hit Maransky with a perfectly placed fade pass for the Mountaineer touchdown. On the next Tunkhannock possession, Dylan Schuster stepped in front of a Jack Chilson pass and raced untouched down the right sideline for the Mountaineer score. Dallas once again forced a Tiger punt. It took Christian Motley just one play as he cut to his left and toted the ball 63 yards to pay dirt. Following Riley Jones’s 44-yard kickoff return, the Tigers managed to piece together an 11-play, 51-yard drive. Chilson hit Jake Frisco with a 22-yard pass to the 1-yard line. From there, Chilson bulled his way over for the Tunkhannock score. On their last possession of the first half, the Mountaineers needed just three plays to cover 57 yards. Sean Cuba ran for 19 yards, then Starbuck hit Kelley with a 27-yard pass. Once again, it was the combination of Starbuck to a wide open Maransky with an 11-yard scoring strike. Dallas then forced the Tigers to punt the ball away to begin the second half. The Mountaineers embarked on a five-play, 55-yard drive as Starbuck hit Maransky for a 27-yard touchdown pass. Tunkhannock’s Colin Porasky recovered a Mountaineer fumble. Jack Chilson hit Hopkins with a 16-yard pass for the Tiger score. “We were able to do some positive things tonight,” first-year Tiger coach said. “Our younger guys stepped up for us.” Jack Shilson led the way for Tunkhannock with 122 passing yards. Contact the writer: sports@citiizensvoice.com

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