HS FOOTBALL: At 11-0, Prep Ready To Start Over
That 42-0 rout of Lake-Lehman in Week 3?
Neither do any of Scranton Prep’s other 10 wins this season.
Because when the top-seeded Cavaliers host Lake-Lehman in the District 2 Class 3A championship game tonight, Prep will be looking at it like it’s the first week of the season.
“The series between us is 0-0,” senior linebacker and fullback Ivan Balavage said. “We’re going there with a new slate, like we didn’t even play them the first time.
“We’re going to go in there and do what we have to do.”
This game, like those before it, are being treated as one step in a process that the senior class hopes will culminate in something special.
A third straight District 2 title would be a part of that.
“The senior class before the season started said we want to take the team to the next level,” Balavage said. “We’ve been pushing ourselves in practice to maintain our goal, focusing on the task at hand and working our way toward that every week.”
Offensively, that push is led by tailback Matt Gilmartin (1,293 rushing yards, 20 TDs) and quarterback Leo O’Boyle (1,225 passing yards, 19 TDs).
And the team has been pretty spectacular on defense, too, pitching six shutouts, including the first game with the No. 3 seeded Black Knights (7-4), who were held to 126 total yards.
“We really do take pride in the defensive side of ball,” Balavage said. “Coach Terry (Gallagher) maintains that we play smash-mouth and not play like we’re a private school, privileged kids. We take pride in that.”
While Prep (11-0) is a considerable favorite, the Cavaliers aren’t reading their press
“Coach Terry always tells us to focus on the task at hand and not worry about anything,” Balavage said. “We try to block out the outside noise. Everyone says Prep is unbeatable.
“But Dallas took care of Coughlin first time and then (Friday) they completely flipped the script. Lake-Lehman has a good running back (Trey Borger, 996 yards), he’s shifty and can make a play at any time of the game. We have to make sure we are focused, run to the ball, secure the tackle and coverage in the secondary has to be good, and I think we’ll be just fine.”
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