BY SCOTT WALSH
After losing two of its first three games, Dunmore needed a big game to get back on track and restore some confidence.
Daiquon Buckley and Dom Dilella made sure the Bucks got it.
Buckley, a freshman, ran for 200 yards and four touchdowns and Dilella, a senior, helped spark the defense as Dunmore beat Montrose, 40-8, in a nonleague game Friday night at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
Meteors coach Jack Kiehl was impressed with the Dunmore freshman.
“We watched him on film and knew he had the ability to run,” Kiehl said. “From tailback stance to in the hole, he’s as quick a back as I’ve seen all year.”
In the second quarter, Dunmore received touchdown runs of four yards from Chris Yurechko and 13 yards from Jim Pichiarello to build a 33-0 halftime lead.
Montrose actually was able to move the ball at times against the Dunmore defense. However, the Meteors lost three fumbles and had a drive at the end of the first half stall at the Bucks 4 when time expired.
“That’s been our story all year,” Kiehl said. “We are moving the ball. We knew with our line and our running backs that we hope to control the clock and move the ball, which we did tonight.
“But we have fumbles, bobbled exchanges, pitches that hit our running backs in the hands and they drop them. It’s the little things. I keep telling the guys it’s not about the big picture, it’s about each play. You’ve got to be able to look each other in the eye in the huddle and say, ‘Am I doing my job?’ Sometimes we do and sometimes we don’t.”
Senior Ethan Jones led the Meteors with 103 yards on 20 carries. He scored his team’s lone touchdown with 4:11 left in the fourth quarter to spoil the shutout, and Nathan Clark ran for the two-point conversion.