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GAR Can’t Keep Up With Lehman

October 13, 2018

GAR Can’t Keep Up With Lehman

WILKES-BARRE — Oh, how the points were scored Friday night at Wilkes-Barre Memorial Stadium. Lake-Lehman set a new season-high for itself in points, accumulating a whopping 28 first downs with sophomore quarterback Ethan Adams running the show. Meanwhile, GAR thrived on the big play — and one big quarter — en route to scoring its most points since Week 2. But ultimately, GAR could not keep up. Adams ran for 89 yards and passed for 134, as he scored three touchdowns and used some expert decision-making to guide Lake-Lehman to a 50-22 win in Wyoming Valley Conference football. “It’s a great advantage to have, where you can throw it and now you can run it,” said Lehman head coach Jerry Gilsky. “I thought overall, team-wise, we need to get better every week.” The Black Knights dominated the first half, using their six possessions to score four touchdowns, including back-to-back Adams-to-Ryan Eiden passing scores that closed the half with a 26-0 lead. Adams’ first touchdown to Eiden was a shovel pass that Eiden took 18 yards to the end zone, while the second was a perfect spiral down the left sideline for a 20-yard score. But then came the problems that need to be cleaned up before Lake-Lehman (6-2) finishes its regular season against Lackawanna Trail (7-1) and Dallas (7-1). GAR outscored Lehman, 16-14, in the third quarter. “Offensively, they spread the ball around well in the game and you couldn’t really guess on who was getting the ball. We always want to make sure we do that,” Gilsky said. GAR quarterback Kam Taylor completed four passes of at least 35 yards — two to Malachi Williams, one to Rodsheen Ayer, one to Mike Smeraglio — en route to completing 14 of 24 passes for 215 yards. But, it was on the defensive side of the ball where Williams made an early impression in the third quarter, when he recovered a fumble and returned it 80 yards for a touchdown. He caught a 2-point conversion pass from Taylor to make it 26-8. While Lehman running back Matt Kurtz countered with a touchdown to help the Black Knights regain control, GAR struck again on the next possession when Taylor and Ayer connected on their 35-yard score to make it 33-16. “A couple mistakes we can’t have in the next two weeks with Trail and Dallas,” Gilsky said. “So every week, we work and we gotta prepare for the last two games because right now we’re looking at (playoff) seeding position. So, every win right now is really important to us.” Any chance of a GAR comeback was doomed 12 seconds later, however, when Casey Kaminski recorded an 85-yard kick return touchdown. Lehman running back Zack Kojadinovich crossed the century mark with 104 rushing yards on 13 carries. Eiden had 115 yards from scrimmage on 11 touches. Kurtz ran the ball only nine times, but scored three touchdowns. GAR’s (1-7) leading receiver was Smeraglio, who caught six passes for 73 yards and a score. Contact the writer: mbufano@citizensvoice.com; 570-821-2060; @CVBufano on Twitter

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