BY COREY GESFORD
Montrose responded from their season-opening loss with a hard fought battle in Dunmore against the Crusaders of Holy Cross on Labor Day weekend.
After both teams failed to generate any points in the opening quarter Holy Cross Quarterback Jake Wiercinski put the Crusades on top when he plunged into the endzone from three yards out. The point after failed and Holy Cross took a 6-0 lead into the half.
In the third quarter the Meteors jumped on the back of powerful Fullback Darren Mpintos during a nine-play 70-yard drive. Mpintos got the ball into Holy Cross territory when he broke free for a 36-yard run and capped the drive when he bulled his way into the endzone from one yard out. The Meteors went for the two-point conversion, but Halfback Brennan Kanna was stopped short of the goal line.
Montrose threatened again in the third quarter as Quarterback Ethan Cina marched the Meteors deep into Holy Cross territory highlighted by Cina’s 39-yard pass play to Chucky Rohan. After the quarter changed Cina attempted to convert on fourth and eight by running for the first down when no receivers seemed to be available. He was met by Holy Cross defenders at the 10-yard line resulting in a turnover on the loss of downs.
From there Holy Cross went on a methodical 90-yard drive that resulted in a 13-yard touchdown run by Jeremy Fick.
Down 13-6 Montrose proceeded down the field on the ensuing possession but on fourth and 13 on its own 30, Cina attempted to connect with Rohan who made contact with the Holy Cross Defensive Back and fell to the ground as the pass went incomplete. From there Holy Cross ran out the clock to secure their second win in a row.
Kanna led the Montrose offense with 81 yards rushing on 15 carries. Cina was 2-10 passing for 46 yards and added 32 yards rushing on seven carries.
Montrose returned home Friday night (Sept. 7) to take on undefeated Lackawanna Trail and the Lions wasted little time putting the game away.
Noah Coleman scored on a 56-yard scamper on the Lions’ second play from scrimmage. When the ensuing drive stalled the Montrose punt was blocked and Mark Dunckle scooped up the ball and raced 17 yards to the house to put the Lions up 14-0.
On the next Lion possession Quarter back Nathan Rolka hit Nico Berrios for a 56-yard score and after Rolka’s extra point the Lions led 21-0. Cody Moyle added a 21-yard touchdown run to put the Lions up 28-0 after the first quarter.
Trail tacked on two more touchdowns to enter the locker room with a 42-0 halftime lead.
Montrose got on the board in the fourth quarter when Kanna scored on a 13-yard run and Mpintos converted the two-point conversion to finalize the score 42-8.
The Montrose offense which managed only 19 yards in the first half was again led by Kanna who earned 74 yards rushing on 12 carries. Cina was 6-20 passing with four interceptions, three by Berrios, and 29 yards.