Old Forge, storm challenge Meteors
BY TOM AHRENS
Poor weather conditions slowed down the Old Forge offense in the early going of Friday’s Lackawanna Football Conference Division III game.
But once the Blue Devils found their groove, they had no problem scoring in a 49-6 victory over Montrose.
Thunderstorms and lightening forced the start of the game to be delayed by an hour.
“It was tough sitting in the locker room,” Montrose head coach Russ Canevari said. “Our guys didn’t really change our game plan, we felt early on that they would run the ball but they spread us on through the air and our plan didn’t work for us.”
Brandon Yescavage got the scoring started for the Blue Devils, who accounted for all 52 yards on the scoring drive in just four plays to give Old Forge a 7-0 lead late in the first quarter.
Then the Blue Devils scored on all three of their second-quarter possessions, scoring three times within five minutes to blow the game open with a 28-0 halftime lead.
“We knew going in that Old Forge was very good and physical so we prepared for that and we actually played really well in the beginning of the game,” Canevari said. “We had a key turnover however and weren’t able to move the ball but we started well defensively.”
Yescavage scored his second touchdown of the game on a toss sweep which extended the Blue Devils lead with 7:19 left in the first half.
Following a three-and-out by Montrose, Old Forge’s Shane Schuback broke through the protection to block a punt, setting up the Blue Devils at the Montrose 20-yard line.
On the first play, Schuback ran it in from 20 yards out to give Old Forge a 21-0 lead.
Following another three-and-out by Montrose, Manetti scrambled 15 yards for a touchdown to give Old Forge a comfortable 28-0 lead with 1:59 left in the first half.
Old Forge took the second half kick-off and marched 80 yards down the field in five plays, capped by a 5-yard run by Manetti.
Yescavage later added his third and final touchdown of the game to give the Blue Devils a 42-0 lead.
Yescavage led Old Forge with 122 rushing yards and three touchdowns.
The Old Forge defense held the Montrose offense to 130 total yards with 57 of those coming on Montrose’s lone scoring play, though the offense has shown some life in recent games.
“We’ve been able to get our running game working which opens up some play action which opens up our offense a little bit more,” Canevari said. “We’ve made some good plays through the air, something we might explore in the next couple of weeks.”
Montrose’s next test will come at rival Susquehanna under the lights this Friday in the second annual Battle of the Bluestone game. The game features four Susquehanna county schools on one field, as Montrose fields players from Elk Lake and Susquehanna from Blue Ridge.
“It doesn’t get any better than this,” Canevari said. “Each school in the county is represented and if you can’t get motivated for your rival you can’t get motivated at all. Susquehanna is a very good football team, we’ll have our work cut out for us so we need to execute well.”
Old Forge 7 21 14 7 – 49
Montrose 0 0 0 6– 6
OF – Yescavage 2 run (Mozeleski kick), 7:19.
OF – Yescavage 7 run (Mozaleski kick), 7:19.
OF – Schuback 20 run (Mozeleski kick), 5:15.
OF – Manetti 15 run (Mozeleski kick), 1:59.
OF – Manetti 5 run (Mozeleski kick), 10:35.
OF – Yescavage 13 run (Mozeleski kick), 1:49.
MON – Ely 57 pass from Parks (kick blocked), 10:57.
OF – Califano 10 run (Mozeleski kick), 3:16.
First downs 18 5
Rushing yards 300 71
Comp-Att-Int 6-8-1 2-5-0
Passing 122 59
Total Yards 422 130
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 1-0
Penalties-Yards 5-35 6-39
Rushing: OF – B. Yescavage 14-122, 3 TDs; C. Califano 10-82, 1 TD; J. Manetti 5-37, 2 TDs; S. Schuback 2-28, 1 TD; B. Rinaldi 1-18; J. Sekol 2-10; T. Harris 1-3. MON – M. Stewart 3-36; T. Tompkins 15-14; B. Hewes 10-14; S. Warner 2-6; P. Parks 1-1; Team 0-0.
Passing: OF – J. Manetti 6-8-1, 122. MON – P. Parks 2-5-0, 59, 1 TD.
Receiving: OF – S. Schuback 4-108; J. Gutoswki 2-14. MON – T. Ely 1-57, 1 TD; C. Kajolis 1-2.