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HS FOOTBALL: 10-Lakeland At Honesdale

August 25, 2018

HONESDALE — Hornets tight end Justin LoBasso celebrated with a few teammates in the corner of the end zone. He made a diving, 8-yard catch to tie the game against Lakeland late in the fourth quarter, but didn’t see the flag. Holding. The penalty pushed Honesdale back to the Lakeland 22. Two plays later on fourth down, Hornets quarterback Ethan Dunn threw a desparation pass to the end zone, where Lakeland free safety Thomas Pidgeon knocked it down to secure a 6-0 victory for the No. 10 Chiefs at Honesdale High School in a Lackawanna Football Conference matchup. “(Honesdale’s) offense is a lot of movement around, and coach (Jeff) Wasilchak was saying all week, ‘Read your keys, read your keys,’ ” Pidgeon said. “My key on that play was the QB. I read him, I saw him fake the run, roll out to the left and I just saw the ball. “He threw it up. It was a bad ball, he threw it up and I made a play.” The Lakeland defense stepped up as it had all game, holding Honesdale (0-1) to 103 yards of offense. Before Honesdale’s last drive, which lasted 19 plays and covered 64 yards, the Chiefs stifled the Hornets for 39 yards of offense. “Last year, our defense struggled,” Pidgeon said. “(Honesdale’s) big. They’re a big team, but I put trust in our (defensive) line. Linebackers, we all read our keys and it was a long game. A defensive game definitely.” On that drive, the Hornets converted three third downs, including a LoBasso 16-yard reception, and running back Andy Carroll converted on fourth down. However, two penalties slowed Honesdale’s best drive in a game where the team had just three penalties. “I think we played well,” LoBasso said. “We just made some mistakes here and there that came back to us. That’s why we lost the game, but that’s all right. We’ve got next week.” Lakeland (1-0) broke through in the second quarter behind Pidgeon and CJ Dippre. Four plays into the Chiefs’ touchdown drive, Dippre mishandled the snap, but found running room and moved the ball into Honesdale territory on a 22-yard gain. On the next play, the sophomore quarterback hit Pidgeon down the sideline for a 32-yard strike that put Lakeand into the red zone. “Dippre was the second-string QB last year,” Pidgeon said. “Our first scrimmage last year, we had a touchdown and since then we’ve been buds. We knew when Nico (Piraino), last year’s QB, left we knew he would have to step up. “He’s only a sophomore, and he did great today. His arm was on point, he threw it up there and I looked it in. It was good.” Giovanni Spataro capped the drive with a 4-yard touchdown run to give the Chiefs their lone score. Pidgeon finished with five catches for 88 yards, all in the first half, and rushed for 15 yards on one carry. Contact the writer: jbaress@timesshamrock.com

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