HS FOOTBALL: Honesdale Secures Playoff Berth With Win Over St Scranton

October 27, 2018 GMT

HONESDALE — It was his final home game, but Andy Carroll did not want it to be his last game. The Honesdale senior ran for 208 yards and three touchdowns as the Hornets outlasted No. 6 West Scranton, 41-34, in a wild Lackawanna Conference Division II game Friday at Honesdale Stadium. Honesdale (3-7 overall, 1-3 Division II) secured a District 2 Class 4A playoff spot with the victory and will wait on today’s Abington Heights/Wallenpaupack game to determine its seed. West Scranton (6-4, 1-3) is the No. 4 seed and will host North Pocono in the first round. The Invaders led by two touchdowns twice in the first quarter Friday, but Honesdale continued to grind away. Nick Gioia hit Quincy Vassell for a 69-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage and Kevin Williams scored on a 28-yard run to give West Scranton a 14-0 lead. Ethan Dunn then hit Justin LoBasso for a 27-yard touchdown pass for Honesdale to cut the deficit to 14-6, but West Scranton answered again when Gioia hit Vassell for a 90-yard touchdown pass. Honesdale rallied with 21 straight points in the second quarter. Carroll scored a pair of touchdown runs and Cameron Baker added a 1-yard touchdown run as Honesdale took a 27-21 halftime lead. “That’s what these guys have done all year and I’m just darn proud of them that it kind of turned around and went in our favor because they fought every single game and we just didn’t get the breaks,” Honesdale coach Mike Jurkowski said. Gioia and Vassell connected again on a long touchdown pass in the third quarter, covering 61 yards to give West Scranton a 28-27 lead. Gioia finished with 316 yards passing and Vassell had 229 yards receiving. Carroll gave Honesdale the lead again with a 21-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter. Three minutes later, however, Evan McCloe scored on a 28-yard run and West Scranton took back the lead, 34-33. The Hornets converted two third downs on the ensuing drive. First, on third-and-10, Dunn hit LoBasso for a 13-yard gain. Then on third-and-3 from the Invaders’ 10, Carroll gained 4 yards. On first-and-goal from the 6, Baker carried the ball up the middle for 3 yards. The Hornets rushed to the line and Baker again got the ball and the senior ran up the middle into the end zone, giving Honesdale the lead with 3:02 left. “This was our last home game and we secured that playoff spot so it’s a great win,” Carroll said. “One thing we always said was no one is mentally tougher and you just can’t quit.” Contact the writer: hsmith@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9125; @sportsTT on Twitter