Montrose takes loss
Even as Honesdale’s players relished in Friday night’s victory over Montrose, they already were turning their focus to practice and preparation for next Friday’s opponent.
The Hornets scored on five of their six drives to beat Montrose, 41-0, at Wayne Highlands Athletic Complex in a nonconference football game.
Next in Honesdale’s sights: Carbondale.
“It feels really good,” Honesdale quarterback Kevin Miller said. “We’ll enjoy tonight, but we need to come back to work tomorrow and do the same. We’ve got Carbondale next week and they’re going to be tough.”
Honesdale (1-3) capitalized on some key turnovers and penalties committed by Montrose. Two encroachment calls against the Meteors resulted in key first downs for the Hornets.
On the opening play, Montrose (0-4) fumbled the snap and the Hornets recovered it at the Meteors 23. Three plays later, Miller threw up a pass that was tipped by Montrose’s Silas Dukes before it fell in the hands of Honesdale’s Jon Gillow, who ran it in to the end zone with 10:25 left in the first quarter.
Following the opening kickoff of the third quarter, a personal foul called against Montrose set the ball at the Hornets 48. Miller hit Gillow again to cap a seven-play, 52-yard drive.
The junior quarterback also intercepted a pass by Dylan Heeman and returned it for an 80-yard touchdown to cap the scoring.
“That’s one of the plays I like to look for, the screen, because it’s an easy pick,” Miller said. “But then when I got it, I was just praying I don’t trip. I got real nervous.”
Miller amassed 45 rushing yards and scored on a 20-yard touchdown run with 4:45 left in the first quarter to make it 14-0. He hit Kyle Carney for a 20-yard touchdown pass with 7:36 left in the second quarter.
Carney, who finished with 93 yards rushing on nine carries, gave the Hornets a 28-0 halftime lead with a 5-yard touchdown run with 4:15 left in the second quarter.
“My linemen just made big holes, and I just saw open field all night,” Carney said. “Just rushing for those touchdowns made me happy.”
John Lawson garnered 67 yards on 18 carries and Dan Zapolski added 33 yards on 11 carries to pace Montrose.
Montrose 0 0 0 0 – 0
Honesdale 14 14 13 0 – 41
First Downs 6 15
Rushes-yards 33-104 34-241
Comp-Att-Int 2-11-2 7-8-0
Passing 11 99
Total yards 115 340
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 1-0
Penalties-Yds 5-35 3-12
Rushing: MON – J. Lawson 18-67; D. Zapolski 11-33; B. Hewes 3-4; T. Tompkins 1-0. HON – K. Carney 9-93, 1 TD; K. Miller 3-45, 1 TD; A. Evanitsky 6-41; P. Hart 7-38; D. Fotusky 6-26; J. LoBasso 1-3; A. Kearney 1-1; J. Burkavage 1-(-6).
Passing: MON – D. Heeman 2-11-2, 11. HON – K. Miller 7-8-0, 99, 3 TDs.
Receiving: MON – J. Lawson 2-11. HON – J. Gillow 3-44, 2 TDs; T. Russell 2-20; K. Carney 1-20, 1 TD; P. Hart 1-15.