Meteor football gets points on board

BY DAVE LAURIHA
Times-Shamrock Correspondent

On a Friday night when Montrose scored its first points of the season, Western Wayne’s Jayson Figueroa put on a masterful performance at Sharkey Rosetti Memorial Field.

The senior delivered 393 all-purpose yards and scored four touchdowns to lead the Wildcats to a 41-20 win in the Lackawanna Football Conference Division II-III crossover game.

“I’ll take it,” Figueroa said. “I like running with the ball, catching it. I like offense.”

Figueroa’s initial impact came in returning punts, where he picked up 152 yards on three returns in the first quarter. The senior’s second return emulated his first one, where he started right and cut back left for 57 yards to the Montrose 7-yard line.

Although the Wildcats (2-3) did not score, Figueroa got another chance, and took care of business himself, going 65 yards for a touchdown.

His 30-yard return set up a three-play scoring drive that gave Western Wayne a 13-0 lead with 16 seconds left in the first quarter.

The 13-0 score lasted into the third quarter, when Figueroa took over.

After running just seven times for 21 yards in the first half, the senior ran for 137 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries, and caught two passes for 31 yards and another score.

“We have other guys who can make plays, and they’re getting better, but when we really need something, we get the ball to him,” Wildcats coach Donnie McDonough said.

In the middle of Figueroa’s exploits, Montrose (0-5) finally scored when Troy Ely got 20 yards ahead of the defense, corralled a Patrick Parks pass and finished off a 78-yard touchdown reception, 219 minutes and 18 seconds into the Meteors season.

“The offense settled down, and we made some plays,” Meteors coach Russell Canevari said. “The line blocked well. We saw their corner came up hard to stop the run on the previous play.”

Both teams made strides on offense, with Wildcats quarterback Kyle Haines throwing for 175 yards on 10 completions and freshman Scott Walck making five catches for 63 yards.

Montrose back William Hewes ran for 133 yards on 27 rugged carries.

But it all came down to Figueroa, who put on a show for a homecoming crowd.

Montrose 0 0 6 14 – 20
Western Wayne 13 0 21 7 – 41

First quarter
WW – Figueroa 65 punt return (kick failed), 3:49.
WW – Harp 23 run (Gillette kick), 0:16.
Third quarter
WW – Figueroa 7 run (Gillette kick), 9:43.
MON – ELY 78 pass from Parks (bad snap), 8:42.
WW – Figueroa 11 run (Gillette kick), 5:46.
WW – Figueroa 24 pass from Haines (Gillette kick.) 0:54.
Fourth quarter
MON – Hewes 4 run (Ely kick), 9:20.
WW – Tuite 8 pass from Haines (Gillette kick), 6:53.
MON – Tompkins 21 run (Ely kick), 5:13.

MON WW
First downs 14 14
Rushing-Att-Yards 45-217 30-217
Comp-Att-Int 2-7-1 10-21-1
Passing Yards 112 175
Total yards 329 392
Fumbles-Lost 5-0 0-0
Penalties-Yards 6-35 8-62

Individual statistics
Rushing: MON – B. Hewes 27-133, 1 TD; T. Tompkins 11-90, 1 TD; M. Stewart 2-9; P. Parks 2-(-6); Team 3-(-9). WW – J. Figueroa 19-175, 2 TDs; K. Harp 4-25, 1 TD; K. Haines 3-21; A. Stine 1-2;; S. Bluthal 1-(-1); T. Goodman 1-(-4); Team 1(-1).

Passing: MON – P. Parks 1-6-1, 78, 1 TD; T. Tompkins 1-1-0, 34. WW – K. Haines 10-21-1, 175, 2 TDs.

Receiving: MON – T. Ely 2-112, 1 TD. WW – S. Walck 5-63; J. Figueroa 2-31, 1 TD; T. Goodman 1-48; K. Coons 1-25; B. Tuite 1-8, 1 TD.