Carbondale opened its Northern Area Jr. Football League schedule with a pair of wins against North Scranton.
The inter-divisional exhibition games featured an offensive explosion by Carbondale’s C-team, a defensive struggle at the B-level and an offensive fireworks display in the A-contest.
Jr. Chargers 31 North Scranton 6
Carbondale (2-0) raced to an 18-6 halftime lead and controlled the rest of the contest.
Marino DePalma produced three touchdowns in the first half to give the Jr. Chargers control of the game before North Scranton closed the gap just before halftime.
After DePalma extended the margin to 24-6, Seth Arthur produced a pair of long runs before capping the drive with a two yard score and the run conversion for the final 31-6 verdict.
Jr. Chargers 8 North Scranton 0
Carbondale’s (2-0) Noah Yates produced a safety before intermission to give carbondale a 2-0 led then added a second half touchdown run from six yards out for the 8-0 triumph.
Evan Dearie led the defensive charge while Jordan Tolerico commanded the offensive attack.
North Scranton 28 Jr. Chargers 20
Carbondale (1-1) enjoyed a 20-8 hafltime margin but was unable to put the game away.
Justin Weckel raced 25 yards for a score while Cody Brown and Domonic Gigliotti and Cody Brown added touchdowns. Jason Jablonowski kicked a two point conversion for the 20-8 led but North Scranton returned the second half kickoff for a score to close the gap to 20-16.
Two more touchdowns gave North Scranton the come-from-behind win.
Since 2003, North Scranton holds the most Super Bowl titles (7) while West Scranton (6) and Carbondale (4) complete the top three in the 12-team league.