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Dunmore - Susquehanna took its first lead of the season Saturday afternoon, but Bishop O'Hara responded with five straight touchdowns on the way to a 41-15 Lackawanna Football Conference romp.
The loss extended the Sabers' losing streak to 28 games.
Bishop O'Hara was at minus-1 yard total offense after nine offensive plays before turning a fourth-and-eight situation into a 35-yard, Rob Galdieri-to-Dom Marino pass.
Three plays later, Galdieri ran four yards for the tying four-yard touchdown with 43 seconds left in the first quarter.
After a bad punt snap by Bishop O'Hara, the Sabers took over at the Bruins 32 to start their second possession.
Ernie Taylor followed a one-yard run by Anthony Dorunda by running for 12 yards, then 19 for the touchdown. Nick Ott's extra point gave the Sabers a 7-0 lead with 7:01 left in the quarter.
The Sabers wound up gaining yardage on just 14 of their 35 offensive plays.
Bishop O'Hara continued to come up with timely passes throughout the first half, then running back Sean Madden took over the game in the second half.
Galdieri passed 14 yards to Marino and five yards to Mike Masko for second-quarter touchdowns. The Masko touchdown pass followed a 19-yard completion to Marino on third-and-six. It was one of four third-down conversions in the 14-play, 73-yard drive.
Madden carried 12 times for 180 yards and touchdowns of 53, 19 and 51 yards in the second half. He finished with 26 carries for 236 yards.
On the first play after Madden's second touchdown of the third quarter, C.J. Felter took an option pitch 66 yards for a touchdown with 3:52 left in the third quarter. Nathan Huyck ran for the two-point conversion, cutting the Bishop O'Hara lead to 34-15.
WEEK IN REVIEW
Scranton broke open a tie game by holding Montrose to minus-29 yards in the second half while scoring 15 points on the way to a 33-14 victory.
The teams were tied, 6-6, after one quarter. Dominic Lucenti ran one yard for the Montrose touchdown.
Tom Burgh added a 35-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter and Lucenti passed to Kyle Stoddard for the two-point conversion.
In professional hockey, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins went 2-0 in the first weekend of the exhibition season.
After being outshot, 30-8, in the first two periods, the Penguins managed a scoreless tie in Syracuse through regulation and a five-minute sudden death.
Joe Exter then stopped four of five shots in the shootout. Erik Christensen and Michael Beusoleil were successful on their attempts to give the Penguins the victory.
The Penguins scored four power-play goals in Saturday's 5-2 victory over Hershey.
Guillaume Lefebvre scored two goals for the Penguins.
Binghamton outshot Syracuse, 25-7, in the first period Saturday and carried a 1-0 lead into the third period only to lose to the Crunch, 2-1.
Ray Emery stopped all 15 shots he faced for the Senators in 34:03.
In professional football, the New York Giants continued to look like one of the National Football League's most improved team with their third straight victory, 21-7, over the New York Giants.
Montrose graduate Chris Snee remains at starting right guard as part of an improving offensive line that paved the way for the Giants (3-1) to average seven yards per carry Sunday. The Giants ran for a season-high 245 yards on 35 carries.
Aaron Taylor, who graduated from Montrose in the spring, made the pitching staff at Division II Bloomsburg University as a freshman walk-on. Taylor survived the cuts at fall practice.
At Montrose, Taylor concentrated on baseball after a promising start as a distance runner earlier in his high school career.
Taylor pitched for the Montrose American Legion baseball team this summer.
THE WEEK AHEAD
The District 2 golf championships are scheduled for Wednesday at Fox Hill Country Club.
Laura Heck of Forest City is the only Susquehanna County qualifier for the girls' tournament.
There are 11 county players in the boys' tournament. They are: Montrose's Kyle Adriance, Nick Harasymczuk and Jeff Evans; Mountain View's Rhett Butler, Kyle Kilmer and Ben Vauter; Forest City's Mike Turano and Mike Green; Susquehanna's Dusty Barton and Drew Crawford; and Blue Ridge's Tom Donovan.
In high school football, both county schools are home with divisional games. Montrose plays Lakeland Friday night. Susquehanna plays Old Forge Saturday.
This week's predictions, with winners in CAPS: LAKELAND 39, Montrose 18; OLD FORGE 39, Susquehanna 14; SCRANTON 38, Wallenpaupack 16; DELAWARE VALLEY 30, West Scranton 3; HONESDALE 38, North Pocono 0; CARBONDALE 35, Western Wayne 0; DUNMORE 22, Scranton Prep 15; RIVERSIDE 28, Lackawanna Trail 27; ABINGTON HEIGHTS 26, Valley View 12; MID VALLEY 21, Bishop O'Hara 19.
Our picks went 9-1 last week, boosting our season record to 45-10 (81.3 percent).
In professional hockey, the Binghamton Senators are home against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Friday then complete the home-and-home by playing in Wilkes-Barre Saturday.
LOOKING WAY AHEAD
The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association determined the sites for its 2005-2007 spring sports championships at Saturday's Board of Control meeting.
Shippensburg University will continue to host the track and softball championships.
Boys' tennis play in singles and doubles and girls' soccer will held in Hershey.
Altoona will host boys' team tennis and baseball.
Girls' volleyball is scheduled for Penn State.
TOM ROBINSON writes a weekly local sports column for the Susquehanna County Transcript. He can be reached on-line at RobbyTR@aol.com.
DALE, JR. Is The Man At Talladega
Talladega, AL Dale Earnhardt Jr. put on a strong driving show to win Sundays EA Sports 500 at Talladega, AL before a packed house of over 170,000 fans.
Throughout the 188-lap race Earnhardt showed he had the car to beat as he led several different times around the 2.66-mile superspeedway, but it was during the last 14 laps, that he really dazzled the crowd.
The races fifth and final caution came out during lap 179. He brought his No. 8 Chevrolet into the pits for a splash of fuel and two right side tires. Most of the other teams elected to take on fuel only.
When the green flag was given to restart the race, there were only five laps remaining and Dale Jr. was back in 14th position.
"We put two tires on and we just drove around those guys," said Dale Jr. "I just went around everybody until there wasnt anybody to pass."
Dale Jr. worked his way towards the front and with still two laps to go, he had passed the leader Kevin Harvick, and from there to the finish line, it was a Dale Jr. show.
"We were just racing as hard as we could," said Harvick, who had his best-ever Talladega finish.
"When we got up to the front, I knew there was no one that could catch us except the 8-car." Dale Jarrett was the third-place finisher.
"When it gets down to the finish, that letting people in, goes out the window," said Jarrett. "Dale Jr. had a great car, but he drove a helluva race."
The win moves Earnhardt Jr. into the points lead. Other contenders for the championship did not fare as well. Jeremy Mayfield was caught up in a wreck for the second consecutive week and finished 38th.
Jimmy Johnson had a blown engine in his No. 48 Lowes Chevrolet and was 37th.
Top ten finishing order: 1. Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2. Kevin Harvick, 3. Dale Jarrett, 4. Brendan Gaughan, 5. Kurt Busch, 6. Tony Stewart, 7. Casey Mears, 8. Joe Nemechek, 9. Robby Gordon, 10. Ward Burton.
Nextel Chase For The Championship Contenders After 3 of 10 Races: 1. Earnhardt Jr.-5543, 2. Busch-5530, 3. J. Gordon-5482, 4. Martin-5432, 5. Kenseth-5393, 6. Stewart-5391, 7. Newman-5384, 8. Sadler-5377, 9. Johnson-5371, 10. Mayfield-5263.
Does MARK MARTIN Really Have The Best Team? Midway during the season, few fans thought Mark Martin had a chance at this years championship. With seven races to go in the Chase, Martin is 4th, 111 points behind the leader.
"It's been the hardest thing I think I've ever done," said Martin. "I just can't say enough about this race team and what they've done."
Along the way eight major failures slowed Martin's continued movement to the top, as the veteran driver broke into the coveted top-10 by the 25th race and posted a top-five finish at Richmond to secure his berth in the 10-car playoff.
Spirits were high going into the first race of the season at Daytona, but the optimism was short lived, with Martin losing his engine on only the seventh lap of the race and being forced to settle for a last place (43rd) finish.
The team quickly rebounded, gaining 31 positions in the next four races. A seventh-place finish at Darlington moved Martin into 12th place only five races into the season. However the team would face a couple of setbacks over the next three races, and after a failed fuel line ended what was a top-five run at Martinsville in mid April, Martin fell all the way back to 18th in the standings.
Martin used two top-10 finishes in the next three races to climb back to 12th in the points, as the team headed into the famed Coca-Cola 600, but two failed ignition boxes midway through the race put another end to what had been a strong run, and Martin dropped back to 15th position.
"We were really heartbroken after what happened at Charlotte," said Martin. "But the team said 'hey, don't worry about it, we are just going to go out and win Dover,' and they did that. We have a great race team and they have done a great job. We've had our share of problems but these guys keep coming back."
With its backs against the wall, the No. 6 racing team headed to Watkins Glen in mid August for the second and final road course race of the season. With only five races remaining before the cut off it was simply do or die for Martin.
The team responded with a third-place finish at The Glen. That was the first of four top-five runs Martin would post in those final five races. The run at Watkins Glen moved Martin back up to 13th. A solid second-place effort the following week at Michigan advanced the No. 6 to 12th, and the following week at Bristol, stayed out of trouble and held onto the 12th spot.
Martin finished third at California, to move into the top-10 for the first time of the season. The veteran responded with another top-five run at Richmond to move all the way up to eighth place as the top-10 teams moved into the playoff.
"This is truly a great race team, and no matter what happens, nothing can take away what these guys have already been able to do," Martin continued. "I believe we have the best team in the business right now and I think that the performance backs that up every week."
TRUEX Is Busch Leader The top-10 Busch Series leaders: 1. Truex-4139, 2. Busch-3987, 3. Leffler-3661, 4. Biffle-3557, 5. D. Green-3466, 6. Hornaday-3382, 7. Keller-3346, 8. Bliss-3203, 9. Kahne-2990, 10. K. Wallace-2971.
NOTE: The NASCAR Busch Series did not race the weekend of Oct. 1-3.
HAMILTON Continues To Lead Truck Series The top-10 Craftsman Truck Series leaders: 1. Hamilton-2933, 2. Setzer-2877, 3. Edwards-2787, 4. Musgrave-2783, 5. Crafton-2662, 6. Chaffin-2625, 7. Kvapil-2623, 8. Starr-2561, 9. Park-2513, 10. Sprague-2482.
The NASCAR Busch and Cup teams are at Kansas City, KS, while the Craftsman Trucks have an off weekend.
Saturday, October 9, Busch Series Mr. GoodCents 300, race 28 of 34, 200 laps/300 miles, 2 p.m. TV: TNT.
Sunday, October 10, Nextel Cup Banquet 400, race 30 of 36, 267 laps/400 miles, 1:30 p.m. TV: NBC.
Racing Trivia Question: Approximately how much money will Nextel contribute to this years champion at the annual awards banquet?
Answer To Last Weeks Question: How many NASCAR Winston Cup championships has Mark Martin won? Answer. Martin has never won a NASCAR Winston Cup championship. His best finish has been a second.
Gerald Hodges/the Racing Reporter is a syndicated NASCAR columnist. You can read additional racing stories by Hodges at www.race500.com.
Following are results from week four of the Wednesday night Maplewood Classic League on September 15 at Maplewood Lanes, Montrose, PA.
Top five leading points teams are: Kellys Hammers - 37 1/2, followed by C & A Vending - 35 1/2, Maplewood Pros - 34, Maplewood Lanes - 33 1/2, Dandy Mart - 30 1/2.
Top three Team Scratch Game Scores were: Dandy Mart - 912; Kellys Hammers - 864; Maplewood Lanes - 858.
Top three Team Scratch Series were: Dandy Mart - 2599; Kellys Hammers - 2384; Maplewood Lanes - 2374.
Top five Scratch Game Highs were: Dave Haines - 259; John Polons - 257; KC Stockholm - 257; Keith Wilbur - 249; Lew Hinkley - 247.
Top five Scratch Series were: Dave Haines - 728; Dave Strickland - 703; Chance Kelly 661; Dake Kelly - 646; Tale Spadine - 641.
Individual High Averages are held by: Dave Haines - 227.89; Dave Strickland - 217.58; Dale Hayner - 217.08; Keith Wilbur - 216.92.
Following are results from week two of the Red Wallace Memorial League on September 20.
Top five leading points teams are: Kelly Klan - 41; Maplewood Lanes - 41; Shirts R Special - 37; Dan Warner Pavin - 36; Snake Creek Marine - 31 1/2.
Top three Team Scratch Game Scores were: Kelly Klan - 1105; Maplewood Lanes 1083; Dan Warner Exc. 1066.
Top three Team Scratch Series were: Kelley Klan 3126; Dan Warner Exc. 3023; Nicholson Tire - 3013.
Top three Scratch Game Highs were: Walter Griffin - 300; Mike Hanyon - 266; Steve Groover - 265.
Top three Scratch Series were: Rex Tiffany - 717; Mike Hanyon - 714; Walter Griffin - 704.
Individual High Averages are held by: Lew Hinkley - 229.33; Rex Tiffany - 229.17; Mike Hanyon - 224.00; Walter Griffin - 222.17.
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