Football players from Honesdale, Western Wayne & Paupack all participated in the mid-summer classic
More than 7,000 fans packed the stands on a perfect summer night to witness the kick-off of the high school football season.
Players from all over the area strapped on the pads one last time for the 2013 Dream Game, the longest running scholastic all star series in the nation.
And, on this particular evening, those players gave the fans their money's worth with a spirited display of offense, defense and special teams.
"I'm no prognosticator, but I will predict that it's going to be an exciting game," City head coach Greg Dolhon said just moments before kick-off.
He was right.
The County drew first blood, but by intermission, the score stood tied at 14-14
Following an emotional halftime ceremony in which legendary Valley View and Mid Valley skipper Frank Pazzaglia was named "Man of the Year," the hits kept coming fast and furious.
The City took a 21-14 lead after three, but the County rallied to knot the score again early in the fourth quarter.
That's when Austin Seamon decided to take over. The versatile Dunmore back scored on the ground, through the air and even set up another tally with an outstanding kick-off return.
By the time Seamon was through, he'd led the City to an impressive 35-28 victory in this, the 79th Scranton Lions Club Dream Game.
With this win, the City upped its advantage in the overall series to 39-36.
Four games have also ended in ties.
Four Wallenpaupack Area players bid a bittersweet farewell to high school football Wednesday.
Will Hendel, Johnny Jones, Paul Gangoo and Cameron Wolfson all suited up and helped the City to its triumph.
Hendel's moment in the spotlight came with time ticking down in the second quarter.
After the County scored to take a 14-7 lead, Seamon gave his team superb field position with a 58-yard kick-off return.
Will trotted onto the Electric City turf and promptly drove the City to paydirt. Hendel directed a 7-play, 45 yard drive which culminated with a short touchdown run by Marquis Brownlee of West Scranton.
The score at that point was 14-12, but Coach Dolhon decided to go for two and the tie.
Hendel rolled to his right and fired a perfect strike to fullback Clem Rinaldi of Prep, who bulled his way in to the endzone.
That connection sent both teams into the lockerroom deadlocked at 14.
The County featured a trio of players from Western Wayne and Honesdale.
Robbie Siclari and Nikolai Pritchyk each made serious contributions on both sides of the ball.
Siclari lined up an strong side, outside linebacker and recorded six tackles. Robbie also made his presence felt on offense, snagging one pass for 14 yards and rushing eight times for 35 yards.
Pritchyk anchored the middle from his spot at inside backer and chipped in with four stops.
Jonathan Gillow saw a significant amount of time at defensive end representing the Hornets.
Also seeing action in this year's Dream Game were Camerson Wolfson, Paul Gangoo and Johnny Jones.
In the Endzone
The City took control of things early in the second half, largely on the legs of Seamon and the arm of Griffin DiBileo.
Seamon scored on a bit of "trickeration," grabbing a lateral from wide receiver Karlon Quiller and dancing into the endzone. This put the finishing touches on a 58-yard "hook & ladder" that brought roars from the crowd.
DiBileo, Scranton Prep's recently graduated QB, dissected the County secondary. Griffin hit on 9-of-14 passing attempts for 150 yards and three TDs.
Seamon rumbled for a game-high 84 yards on just nine carries. Austin found the endzone three times.
These two players shared the Dream Game's Most Valuable Player award.
Score by Quarters...
City 0 14 7 14 - 35
County 7 7 0 14 - 28