SCRANTON — Blocked punts, botched snaps and big turnovers doomed Tunkhannock Friday at Memorial Stadium as West Scranton defeated the Tigers, 35-0.
“West Scranton is a good football team, but we were hoping that it would be a little tighter than it turned out in the end,” Tunkhannock coach Rod Azar said. “We just shot ourselves in the foot at every turn.”
After stopping the Invaders on their first possession of the game, the Tigers had an opportunity to capitalize on a 15-yard penalty. Instead, Tunkhannock botched the snap on first down, which ended in an eight-yard loss.
Down seven early in the second quarter, the Tigers faced a third and long, but didn’t get an opportunity to convert because of another botched snapped.
On the next play, Collin Lipowitch blocked a Brian Beauchemin punt to give the Invaders the ball on the Tunkhannock 27-yard line.
The Tigers forced a third down play, but Leo Ciullo completed a pass to tight end Lou DiBileo in the corner of the end zone to give the Invaders a 14-0 lead. The pass was the first of two back-breaking completions of more than 20 yards.
“Unfortunately, we broke too many times tonight and gave up that big one,” Azar said. “We also turned the ball over in our own territory a couple times and gave them a short field.”
On the ensuing possession, Joey Leon ran ball into the Invaders’ territory on a 42-yard kickoff return to give the Tigers life. The Tigers moved deeper into West Scranton territory when quarterback Ryan Ell found Brian Muckin for a 13-yard gain.
However, Tunkhannock squandered the opportunity, losing a fumble on the next play. The Invaders capitalized and scored before the end of the half, to increase the Tunkhannock deficit to 21-0.
In the third quarter, Brett Stage intercepted a Ciullo pass in the red zone and gave the Tigers a last glimmer of hope at a comeback bid.
Once again, Tunkhannock botched a snap on the ensuing play to put the Tigers in a another hole.
“If we hadn’t made the mistakes, I thought that we could have been in a competitive football game,” Azar said. “They would have been a tough team to beat, but I thought we could have been a lot more competitive tonight.”
West Scranton 35, Tunkhannock 0
WS — Joe Cawley 1 run (Andrew Hudack kick), 11:11
WS — Lou DiBileo 21 pass from Leo Ciullo (Hudack kick), 6:37
WS — Cawley 16 run (Hudack kick), 2:10
WS — Cawley 16 run (Hudack kick), 2:51
WS — Amir Frasier 6 run (Hudack kick), 9:41
RUSHING — TUNK, Ryan Cywinski 11-41, Brian Beauchemin 11-12, Joey Leon 5-13, Ryan Ell 1-4, Brian Muckin 2-(-5). WS, Josh Williams 11-79, Angel Ortiz 3-101, Cory Jackson-Bey 3-9, Amir Frasier 2-16, Cawley 8-52, Cameron Rawlings 2-10, Jordan McCloe 2-22, Tyler Johnson 3-4.
PASSING — TUNK, Beauchemin 3-5-46-0, Ell 3-5-41-0. WS, Ciullo 2-4-72-1.
RECEIVING — TUNK, Brett Stage 1-23, Cywinski 3-46, Beauchemin 1-(-5), Muckin 1-13. WS, DiBileo 1-21, McCloe 1-51.
INTERCEPTIONS — TUNK, Stage.