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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • 'Cats Clawed Once Again on LFC Gridiron

  • Western Wayne's varsity football team is tottering on the brink of a disastrous season.
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  • TUNNEL HILL — Western Wayne suffered another disappointing loss Friday night in Lackawanna Football Conference action.
    The Wildcats showed some fire in the first quarter of this Week Four battle with Trail, but then surrendered four long scoring plays en route to a puzzling 46-21 setback.
    "I really don't know what to say...I'm just about speechless," Hall of Fame Coach Allen 'Butch' Keller said afterward. "Lackawanna Trail is a decent team, but we made them look like world beaters. We just didn't show up mentally or physically. It's a shame..."
    With this latest loss, Western Wayne saw its regular season record fall to 1-3. Next on the agenda is a road trip to Montrose. That contest is slated for a 7:00 p.m. start Friday night.
    Frustration
    Trail wasted no time in racing out to a quick lead in this one.
    Senior tailback Jeremy Greenley broke loose for a 56-yard touchdown run less than four minutes into the ballgame. However, Western Wayne retaliated quickly.
    The Wildcats' offensive line opened up a huge hole for Rob Siclari and he took immediate advantage. The speedy senior sliced off tackle, picked up two nice downfield blocks and sprinted 61 yards to paydirt.
    Frank Juhasz added the PAT and with 8:58 to go in the opening stanza, the score stood tied at 7-7.
    Sadly for 'Cat fans, those were the last points they'd see until late in the fourth quarter. Trail simply dominated the line of scrimmage for the next 30+ minutes in building an insurmountable lead.
    Greenley would finish the night with 139 yards rushing and two TDs. He also caught a pair of passes from quarterback Zach Goodrich for 66 more yards. Senior fullback Pete Murazzi was equally impressive, erupting for 132 yards on just 13 carries.
    Liam Dougherty paced the Lions' passing game.
    A sophomore wideout, Dougherty hauled in two long TD passes. The first came from Goodrich and covered 56 yards. The second was on a perfectly executed halfback option, which saw Jonathan Zedar connect with Dougherty from 49 yards out.
    "We made some really dumb mistakes," Coach Keller said. "We missed tackles, blew assignments and just played very poorly. I'll tell you what, though: it's not going to happen again. I promise you that."
    Trailing 40-6 midway through, Siclari split Trail's defense for his second long touchdown run of the game. This one went for 44 yards and pushed Rob over the century mark for a second time in 2012. He finished up with with 182 yards.
    After the Lions tacked on one more score, Western Wayne responded as time expired. Cameron Chism-Brungard did the honors, cruising 54 yards to the endzone.
    By the Numbers
    Page 2 of 2 - Trail dominated the statistics from top to bottom.
    The Lions amassed nearly 600 yards of total offense, 375 of which came on the ground. Cocah Steve Jervis' lads averaged more than 8.1 yards per carry on 45 attempts.
    "We have some really experienced, talented kids on defense, but nobody wanted to tackle," Coach Keller said. "In all my years of coaching, I've never seen anything like it."
    Trail also piled up more than 200 yards of passing as Goodrich completed 70 percent of his throws including the 59-yard scoring strike to Dougherty.
    Score by Quarters...
    WW (1-3) 7 0 0 14 - 21
    LT (4-0) 21 12 0 13 - 46

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