Sabers stand out in ‘Dream Game’
BY JOBY FAWCETT
Austin Cowperthwait, Gage Piechocki and Jesse Pruitt helped resurrect the Susquehanna football program in the last two seasons.
And as members of the City all-star team, they played with a passion to prove they belonged among the best players from the Lackawanna Football Conference.
All three made key contributions in a 41-20 win over the County in the 78th Scranton Lions Club Dream Game at Scranton Memorial Stadium on Wednesday night.
“We play up there along the river and we play for a small school, so we just wanted to prove that we could play,” said Pruitt, who helped the Sabers to a District 2 Class AA playoff berth in 2010 and a 5-5 season in 2011. “We had a lot of fun.”
Offensively, Cowperthwait had one of the biggest plays, catching a 61-yard touchdown pass fromDunmore’s Jordan Dempsey late in the first half that made
the game 27-17.
Defensively, Piechocki was overpowering on the line, racking up five tackles, including one for a loss and another on a sack.
“We are a small school and to come out here and start with these guys was great,” Piechocki said. “I just played hard. All week in practice and all game, I just played real hard.”
On special teams, Pruitt raced downfield and arrived at the ball carrier on three kickoffs, while adding a fumble recovery on defense.
“I just tried to be the first one down there,” Pruitt said. “Got to get your tackles any way you can get them.”