HS FOOTBALL: Tunkhannock Blanks Royals For 2nd Straight Win
TUNKHANNOCK — Tunkhannock won its second game in a row, and second home game, on Friday night in front of a sea of red instead of the familiar orange and black.
On Military Appreciation Night, the Tigers claimed a 36-0 victory over now 0-5 Holy Redeemer.
Even with the Tigers having two touchdowns negated by penalties, they were still able to shut down the Royals in every facet of the game.
“We are going in the right direction,” said Tunkhannock first-year head coach Mike Marabell. “Winning is an attitude and these guys are getting a taste of it and they like it.”
Though Marabell claims not to be a “stat-guy” it would be hard not to realize that this is the first time since the 2016 season that the Tigers have registered two wins in a season, and only the third time since 2012.
Tunkhannock hit the end zone on the second play. However, it was called back on a holding penalty.
Not bothered by the penalty, Jhamal Zacharias barreled through the defensive line, punching in the score at 9:41 in the first to put Tunhannock on the board.
All four of Zach Ross’ extra point kicks on the night registered.
Gavin D’Amato scored the Tigers’ second touchdown, but left the game late in the second half.
“(Gavin’s) injury does hurt us, but as a team we will be okay. We move to the next guy on the chart, next guy up,” said Marabell.
Tunkhannock’s Alec Seboe and Alex Dailey came up with big tackles in key moments. Matt Prebola and Riley Jones also got the job done on the defensive side of the ball.
As the first half seconds expired, Chilson fired a bullet to Jake Stephens for a gain of 16-yards that Stephens hauled in with one hand.
Everything seemed to go Tunkhanock’s way on Friday night, including Garrett Hopkins gaining 129 yeards on 13 carries.
Holy Reedemer suffered a blow early in the second half when freshman quarterback Justice Shoats left the game injured.
Holy Redeemer’s top receiver, Ryan Williams, took over the duties under center for the remainder of the contest.
“He is alright,” Holy Redeemer coach Dwayne Downing. “He is a freshman, and we wanted to protect him. Tunkhannock played a great game, we give them lots of credit. They made the plays, you can see their progress.”
Late in the third, Jaxson Montross hit his second field goal of the night, this one for 27 yards.
The fourth quarter was uneventful until Tunkhannock’s Shane Wood blocked a punt and later contributed to a safety with help from Shane Meader.
“Holy Redeemer fought hard,” Marabell said. “They were a good group of kids, very well mannered and very well coached. There wasn’t any chipiness, just good football.”