First Posted: 9/2/2014
The opening weekend of the high school football season got off to a surprising start with upsets involving both Back Mountain teams.
That was good news for Dallas and bad news for Lake-Lehman.
Dallas matched its win total for the entire 2013 season when it rallied to knock off one of the top teams from the Lackawanna Football Conference with a 32-24 victory over Scranton in a game played Saturday, Aug. 31 at Misericordia University.
Lake-Lehman’s defense of its Wyoming Valley Conference and District 2 Class AA titles got off to a rocky start in a 28-13 loss Friday, Aug. 30 at home against Lackawanna Trail.
It was a reversal of fortune from a year ago. Dallas beat a larger school while Lake-Lehman lost to a smaller one.
Scranton played in the District 2-4-11 Class AAAA Subregional last year and is projected as one of the two favorites in Division 1 of the LFC.
Dallas showed promise in preseason scrimmages and carried that into the regular season. The Mountaineers recovered from an 18-9 halftime deficit and came back again after falling behind 24-23 in the first minute of the fourth quarter.
Matt Harrison threw three touchdown passes, including a 15-yarder to Ryan Martin to take the lead for good in the fourth quarter.
Harrison finished 15-for-27 for 244 yards. Justin Mucha caught seven passes for 162 yards, including a 70-yard touchdown in the second quarter and a 21-yard touchdown in the third.
“I knew we had the weapons this year,” said Harrison, who also ran 10 times for 146 yards.
Ron Ostrowski kicked two field goals in the win.
Lake-Lehman won 11 straight last season between season-opening and season-ending losses.
The Black Knights fell behind, 21-0, in the first 15 minutes.
Kody Pachamovitch ran for touchdowns of 3 and 20 yards to cut the Trail lead to 21-13 at halftime, but Lake-Lehman did not score again.