Tough week for local gridironers

Friday Night lights became a Saturday affair for local football teams as they concluded their regular seasons.

Susquehanna honored its Seniors when Lackawanna Trail arrived for a Saturday matinee.

The Lions were not gracious guests piling up 20 unanswered points in the first half to take a 20-0 lead into the locker room.

Trail added another score on a 41-yard pass play to start the third quarter. Susquehanna answered with a dose of William Marcy who had a 32-yard run and Nate Orapallo straddled the sideline on a 9-yard touchdown strike from Colton Stone.

Susquehanna then recovered the onside kick and marched down the field until Stone’s pass to the endzone from the 16-yard line was intercepted and all but sapped the will of the Sabers.

The Lions added two more rushing touchdowns for the 39-7 final score.

Marcy led Susquehanna’s offense 68 yards rushing on 16 carries and Layne Fisk had a 32-yard pass reception. Stone finished 5-13 for 63 yards, two interceptions and a touchdown.

Defensively the Sabers were led by Kaleb Shimer who had eight tackles while Marcy and Kameron Sheffer each added five.

Later Saturday it was a tale of two halves that doomed Montrose in a 34-12 loss to Holy Redeemer.

The Meteors came out and controlled the ball in the first half eating up nearly seven minutes of clock on a 12-play 73-yard drive that ended with a Lance Rought two-yard rushing touchdown.

Holy Redeemer answered with a quick strike drive to take an 8-6 lead.

However, the Meteors answered with another methodical drive with Rought finishing it off with a 16-yard jaunt into the endzone.

Montrose had another long drive in the second quarter just before halftime, but a bad pitch resulted in forcing Montrose to the air where a Wyatt Nabywaniec pass was intercepted at the goal line.

The Royals’ adjustments at halftime resulted in Montrose being limited to less than 50-yards rushing in the second half, while Redeemer 20 unanswered points for the final outcome.

Rought finished with 105 yards rushing to lead the Meteors while Kaden Bomboy added 79 yards on nine carries.

The Redeemer win knocked Susquehanna out of the District II playoffs. However, the Sabers will play Penn Argyl this Saturday at 12:30 at Bangor Memorial Stadium in an Eastern Conference football playoff.

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