DUNMORE — Tyler Lasher knew the ball was coming his way. And the Dunmore junior made sure he got his hands up to knock down the pass.
Lasher broke up Jake Manetti’s last-second throw in the end zone as the Bucks held off Old Forge twice at the 10-yard line in the fourth quarter for a 21-16 victory between two state-ranked Class A teams.
Dunmore (4-0) remains undefeated while the Blue Devils fall to 3-1.
“We are fortunate to get out with a win,” Dunmore head coach Jack Henzes said. “We were able to take advantage of some of their mistakes, and we capitalized on them. Their quarterback is a great athlete and he tried to make a nice play at the end. Our defense stepped up and made a play. We are proud of them.”
Old Forge, bit hard by the turnover bug, gave itself two incredible opportunities in the final quarter.
The first drive, which started on its own 38, advanced all the way to a first-and-goal at the Dunmore 10 – only to see the Bucks stop three straight runs and force a Manetti incomplete pass on fourth down.
Then, following a Dunmore safety after the ball was snapped over quarterback Brandon Kujawski’s head and landed in the end zone, the Blue Devils had one last hope.
Old Forge (3-1) took advantage of a short field and drove to the Dunmore 10. Lasher batted down a pass on first down and the Bucks stopped the Devils on two consecutive runs to force the final fourth down with 1:22 left.
Manetti scrambled around the pocket, went backward about 10 yards and heaved a pass toward the back of the end zone. Lasher was there, leaping in the air to break up the pass.
“Teams usually target me because our other corner Shakal (Blackwell) is so talented,” Lasher said. “I had a good read on it. Their quarterback was running back and forth, and I knew that I had to stay with my guy.
“Everyone stepped up in the second half. Everyone played great. We were confident that we could hold them.”
Dunmore 21, Old Forge 16
DUN — Josh Zilla 35 pass from Brandon Kujawski (Kyle Dougherty kick), 11:47
OF — Brandon Yescavage 3 run (Christian Mozeleski kick), 4:13
OF — Yescavage 13 run (Mozeleski kick), 5:47
DUN — Shakal Blackwell 30 pass from Kujawski (Dougherty kick), 9:12
DUN — Daiqwon Buckley 1 run (Dougherty kick), 0:38
OF — Safety, Kujawski tackled in end zone, 3:43
RUSHING — OF, Brandon Yescavage 35-156, Jake Manetti 8-40, Joey Gutowski 4-29, Jorden Sekol 3-5, Shane Schuback 1-1, TEAM 2-3. DUN, Daiqwon Buckley 19-110, Josh Sawka 2-6, Colin Holmes 1-2, Brandon Kujawski 2-2, TEAM 3-(-18).
PASSING — OF, Manetti 5-13-0-65. DUN, Kujawski 6-12-0-114.
RECEIVING — OF, Schubak 2-25, Yescavage 2-12, Gutowski 1-28. DUN, Josh Zilla 5-84, Shakal Blackwell 1-30.
INTERCEPTIONS — None.
MISSED FGs — None.