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Scranton Prep Powers Past Pittston Area

October 13, 2018
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HS FOOTBALL: Scranton Prep Powers Past Pittston Area

YATESVILLE — Leo O’Boyle has had some pretty sensational nights on the basketball court for Scranton Prep.

But his Friday on the gridiron might top some of those games on the hardwood.

The senior quarterback threw for five touchdowns and ran in another, all in the first half, as Scranton Prep scored 29 in the second quarter and rolled to a 50-12 victory over Pittston Area.

“It definitely felt great. This was perfect football weather for me,” O’Boyle said. “The receivers just ran great routes, and the coaches called perfect plays. I just had to put the ball in the right spots for them. I didn’t expect to have six touchdowns. It does feel good, but it’s all about the win. That’s the main part.”

The state-ranked Cavaliers and their quarterback were unstoppable in that first half.

Six offensive possessions, six touchdowns on 30 plays. A total of 263 yards in the opening 24 minutes.

And it was a plethora of options, from a six-play, 50-yard possession to start the game, to several quick-hitters across the middle of the field that led to long touchdowns.

O’Boyle, who verbally committed to play basketball at Lafayette College, was just as impressive — completing all but five passes for 200 yards, hooking up with four different receivers.

He showed an array of passes from a swing toss to Carter O’Dell that went 23 yards for a score, to a beautiful-lofted ball that Michael Grady ran under for the 28-yard TD.

“I feel like he always tops the previous week,” Prep head coach Terry Gallagher said. “He has literally thrown two incomplete passes in the last two games, while the others were drops. And our defense was pretty good. We had moments this year where we hesitate too much, and I thought that we hesitated on their touchdown that they got. I would like to see them react a little more. We see the best quarterback around in practice each day. We shouldn’t have any excuses on defense.”

The Patriots struggled to keep the offense on the field.

Pittston totaled five turnovers — two interceptions and three fumbles — and was held to less than 100 yards in the first half.

PA (3-5) got it to a one-possession game early in the second quarter as quarterback Mike Nocito found Andrew Krawczyk on a slant across the middle that the receiver turned into a 38-yard touchdown, trimming the deficit to 14-6.

That seemed to awake a sleeping giant.

Prep (7-1) ripped off 29 unanswered points to close the second quarter, and Greco’s second touchdown of the half, a 7-yard score right in front of the pylon, sent the game into the mercy rule as the Cavaliers took a 43-6 lead into halftime.

“That was the worst game we’ve played all year after probably playing our best game last week,” Pittston head coach Nick Barbieri said. “We made more mistakes in this game compared to the first seven weeks of the season. That’s a great football team, there’s no denying that. They are probably the best team on our schedule, and if you make mistakes against them, you are in trouble. They exploited our weaknesses, and that’s what great football teams do.”

The two teams exchanged scores in the fourth quarter.

Nick Terrery intercepted PA back-up quarterback PJ Pisano and returned it 55 yards for the score. Pittston closed the scoring as senior DJ Branham ran 54 yards as zeros hit the scoreboard.

“DJ is great kid, and we were trying to get him in. But we kept fumbling the ball,” Barbieri said. “I just want to thank the Prep coach for taking a knee and allowing us to get DJ on the field. That means a ton to him and all of our kids.”

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