HS FOOTBALL: 2-Scranton Prep At West Scranton

October 21, 2017 GMT

It came down to big plays. It came down to well-timed daggers. It came down to a favorite not allowing the undeterred underdog to ever feel it was as close to the upset as the scoreboard might have indicated it was. Quarterback Leo O’Boyle threw three touchdown passes, a pair to tight end Cree Coccodrilli coming just after West Scranton found the end zone, as No. 2 Scranton Prep overcame some early struggles to upend the Invaders, 50-20, in a Lackawanna Football Conference Division II game on Friday at Valor Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium. With the win, the Cavaliers clinched a tie for their second consecutive Division II title and third division crown in as many years. But, the Invaders made them work for this one. Running back Andre Chollette Jr. scored three touchdowns to keep the Invaders within a touchdown early in the third quarter, his last coming on a 63-yard burst that got the upstarts within 27-20. What followed, though, continued a theme that the Cavaliers (9-0 overall, 4-0 LFC Div. II) established early. When they needed to score, they could. And in big ways. After the Invaders staked themselves to a 7-0 edge, O’Boyle guided the Cavaliers quickly downfield, going 48 yards in three plays after a long kickoff return by Sam Dickson. O’Boyle capped the drive with a 27-yard strike to Coccodrilli to tie it up. O’Boyle hit Lucas Stage for a 43-yard score, converting on a third-and-10 to put the Cavaliers up 13-7, and they created their first bit of breathing room when Dickson took a punt 45 yards for a score and a 20-7 edge. Dickson amassed 151 yards worth of return yardage in the game. “Dickson is one of my closest friends. A really great, talented kid,” Coccodrilli said. “We count on him a lot to make a lot of big plays for us.” But the big lead didn’t deter the Invaders (1-8, 1-3 Div. II). Pinned at their own 12 with just 1:44 left in the first half, the Invaders marched downfield to get within a touchdown. Kevin Williams stormed 66 yards to the Scranton Prep 22. After quarterback Jake Ciullo hit Owen Evans on a slant for 21 yards, Chollette scored his second touchdown of the game on a 1-yard plunge to go into halftime trailing 20-14. Prep’s biggest play, though, might have been one the special teams made out of nowhere. On the opening kick of the second half, the ball landed untouched at the West 15, and Stage fell on it, taking away the Invaders’ chance to grab the lead. Instead, two plays later, running back Brayden McAllister plowed in from 11 yards out to put the Cavaliers ahead 26-14. “That was big,” Dickson said of the kickoff recovery. “That put the momentum toward our way. We were able to put the game away and get the big W.” Chollette answered with his 63-yard score, but again, they didn’t have hope for long. O’Boyle, three plays later again, would find Coccodrilli for 47 yards and a touchdown that started an avalanche of third-quarter scores for the Cavaliers, who piled up 23 points in the third quarter. “We rallied from adversity really well,” Coccodrilli said. “We’ve done it all season. We’ve done it the past couple of seasons. We really stick together.” Contact the writer: dcollins@timesshamrock.com; DonnieCollinsTT on Twitter