HS FOOTBALL: Old Forge Blanks Holy Redeemer
WILKES-BARRE — Dante Lucarelli almost achieved perfection.
The Old Forge starting quarterback completed all but one pass, and threw four touchdowns in the first half as the Blue Devils rolled past Holy Redeemer, 42-0, on Saturday at Wilkes-Barre Memorial Stadium.
Lucarelli completed 13 of 14 for 220 yards and threw a 55-yard touchdown on the game’s first play. He found Brett Wargo in the flat and the receiver tip-toed the right sideline for the score.
He threw three touchdowns in the first quarter, and found Tyler Casey in the middle of the end zone for a 3-yard score and a 29-0 lead at the break.
“If you can throw a 5-yard pass and get a 30-yard gain, there’s nothing wrong with that,” Old Forge head coach Michael Schuback said. “It doesn’t have to be a vertical play every snap, and what we are trying to stress is to take what you are given. If they are going to give you some space, you have to take it. I thought we did a good job of that.”
Old Forge (3-1) scored on two of its first three offensive plays, and had a 14-0 lead not even five minutes into the contest.
Old Forge held the Royals (0-4) to 36 yards and one first down as the Royals didn’t cross midfield.
The Wargo touchdown, coupled with another long score — a 32-yard pass from Lucarelli to Tommy Souriyavong — gave Old Forge a 14-0 lead with 8:17 left in the opening quarter.
The Blue Devils took a three-score advantage after stringing together a nine-play, 40-yard drive, capped off by Lucarelli’s third touchdown pass of the quarter when he found Julien DiMattia in the back corner of the end zone for the 6-yard reception.
“You try to be fast and get our kids rotating through quick. We don’t have a lot of kids because we have some injuries and guys out for other circumstances, but you try to really get the pace going with the offense,” Schuback said. “I thought we did that in the first quarter. But, we had too many penalties and you can’t play behind the chains at any level. Because if you do that, you limit your offense and what your thought process is.”
Kevin Pepsin, who ran for a game-high 94 yards, sent the game into the mercy rule late in the third quarter on a 1-yard burst for the 35-0 lead before Souriyavong’s 45-yard punt return capped off the Devils’ scoring for the day.