Carbondale Area hopes to break through in Week Four

Carbondale Area (0-3) travels to Lake Lehman (2-1) for a Friday night encounter at 7 pm on the black turf.

The Chargers, who are coming off a third straight shutout loss in a 28-0 defeat vs. Dunmore, showed improvement in week three but squandered a couple scoring opportunities early.

Those missed opportunities eventually changed the complexion of the battle with the Bucks.

With Lake Lehman bouncing back from a season-opening loss by producing back-to-back wins, the Chargers will need to finish drives to stay in the contest.

By the Numbers

Freshman Vinny DePalma leads the CA ground game with 179 yards on 47 attempts and the receiving corps with seven catches for 119 yards.

Parker Kerl has added 104 yards on 31 runs. Ray Ofner has posted a 13-27-3 passing mark for 197 yards.

“When they load up the box this week and challenge us to throw, we have to be able to meet that challenge,” said head coach, Larry Gabriel III.

On the flip side, the Knights have gotten untracked the last two weeks in wins vs. Lakeland (25-13) and Hanover (36-9).

Quarterback Ethan Adams tops the attack with 161 yards on 29 carries and a 32-56-2 passing mark for 434 yards and three scores.

Ryan Eiden has rushed for 126 yards on 21 attempts and caught 14 tosses for 207 yards and two TDs.

“Their offensive success starts with their speed sweep game,” said Coach Gabriel. “We have to contain that series and read our keys defensively.”

Dunmore 28

Chargers 0

Four plays turned the game into Dunmore’s control.

While the Chargers marched between the 20s, the Bucks produced endzone efforts including 165 of their 350 rushing yards on two scoring sprints.

Carbondale Area limited the Bucks to just a few first quarter snaps as the Chargers took their second possession to the Bucks 10 before an interception on second and three was returned to the Bucks 25 and ended the threat.

Christian Buckley motored 75 yards with 1:02 left in the first period for a 7-0 lead.

The Chargers threatened again but on a fourth and eight at the Bucks 15, the Chargers got a receiver wide open in the endzone but failed to convert.

“We have to finish drives,” Coach Gabriel said. “We showed improvement moving the ball but have to get into the endzone.”

The Bucks moved quickly upfield and scored on a Steve Borgia to Thomas Lewis wide open toss from 10 yards out with 2:20 left in the half for a 14-0 margin.

Dunmore needed just 1:50 to score to open the third period then added a Buckley 90 yard TD sprint with 3:47 left in third period for the final 28-0 score.

Vinny DePalma led CA with 73 yards on 18 carries and four catches for 80 yards. In addition to his two TD runs, Buckley’s eight other carries went for 59 yards.