Chargers and Chiefs suffer lopsided Week One losses

Carbondale Area (0-1) hosts Old Forge (1-0) tonight at 7 pm at the Andrew J. Cerra Sports Complex.

The Chargers struggled through opening night at Western Wayne in a 35-0 loss while the Blue Devils handled Hanover, 44-0.

The Chargers' D will face an Old Forge offense that averaged 6.0 yards a pop in their opener led by bruising back, Brendan Mozeleski's 75 yards on 11 carries.

Last week, the Blue Devils scored in all phases of the game in the first quarter. The highlights were a 66 yard scoring toss from freshman quarterback Dante Luccarelli, 77 and 79 yard punt return TDs from junior, Anthony Rios and a sophomore, Kevin Pepsin 59 yard interception score.

The Chargers' offense will face an Old Forge defense that yielded a meager 39 rushing yards on 29 runs and 67 passing yards on 18 tosses.

CA produced 95 yards on 19 carries from the TB and FB slots but must avoid sacks and miscues that turned eight snaps into -20 yards.

Western Wayne

35 Chargers 0

Western Wayne scored on the game's first offensive series, forced a scramble on a punt attempt with :34 left in the half to set up its third score then added a pair of second half touchdowns in a dominating effort on opening night.

With sophomore QB, Matt Valanda getting his first career start replacing the school's all-time passer, the Wildcats used an efficient short passing game for 160 yards to fuel their scoring efforts then added surging line play for 215 rushing yards on 37 attempts (5.8 per carry) for the win.

Valanda went four-for-four to start the game including a pair of completions in the opening scoring series. His 31-yard pitch and run to FB Cole Fuller highlighted the first series.

Danny Boots capped the six play, 60-yard effort with an eight yard TD just 3:04 into the contest.

Fuller, a bruising back, scored from one yard out with 3:39 left in the half for a 14-0 margin.

When WW pressure forced CA punter, Noah Yates to scramble on a punt attempt with :34 left in the half, WW had possession at the CA 41.

WR, Dylan Walck out jumped two CA defenders for a Valanda toss at the goal line with :06 left in the half for a 26 yard score and 21-0 halftime cushion.

CA opened the third period with their best possession of the contest marching inside the Wildcats' 35 before a fumble halted the march.

Kobe Sauter set up his own six yard TD run with 5:28 left in the third period on a 50+ yard sprint.

Ben Burkhardt's eight yard TD to start the fourth period ended the scoring.

Chalk Talk... Valanda went nine for 12 for 166 yards and TD... Sauter added 90 rushing yards on 11 carries... WW defense limited CA to 2.8 yards per rush and 125 total yards on 44 snaps while WW had 375 yards on 49 plays.

Lakeland (0-1) will look to rebound from its opening night loss to Valley View when the Chiefs visit Holy Cross (0-1) on Saturday afternoon at 1 pm.

Bouncing Back

Lakeland is coming off a 63-14 loss to the Cougars while the Crusaders dropped a 44-0 game to Holy Redeemer.

With the Chiefs looking to a new backfield combo in senior FB, Paul Sokoloski and freshman TB, Giovanni Spataro in the opener a week ago, Lakeland produced 145 rushing yards on 34 attempts led by Spataro's 94 yards on 13 carries.

The Chiefs faced a huge VV front a week ago, being outweighed by nearly an average of 45 pounds across the front. This Saturday, Lakeland will look to establish control in the trenches.

Lakeland showcased some speed in Tom Pidgeon and Spataro a week ago and will look to that duo for big strike capability. Pidgeon gave the Chiefs good field position on kick returns and motored past the secondary on a 66 yard pass and run from QB, Nico Piraino while Spataro averaged 7.1 yards per pop.

Holy Cross struggled offensively in their opener and have a young team with just five seniors on their 23 player roster.

Valley View 63

Chiefs 14

Valley View pounded their way to six rushing scores in the first half and added a pair of interception returns for TD's to score 49 first half points.

The Cougars amassed 9.6 yards per rush on 40 runs and had 11 ball-carries in the contest. 

Valley View jumped to a 21-0 lead on a Chandler Fuller two yard run, a Sam Pittsman 22 yard score and Traon Jones five yard TD pop before Nico Piraino hit Tom Pidgeon for a 75 yard TD toss with :30 left in the period.

Jones and Mason Kordish added 10 and 31 yard TD runs in the first 4:36 of the second period before Janassah Boone and Chase combs put the game away with back-to-back interception TD's from 55 and 87 yards for a 49-6 spread. Seth Vernon added a 66 yard TD dash before Giovanni Spataro posted a three yard Lakeland score late in the third period. 

Zach Manchak ebdded the scoring with 9:11 left in the game. Vernon led theVV ground game with 140 yards on just five carries. Spataro led Lakeland with 92 yards on 13 runs.