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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Hornets Open Exhibition Grid Campaign

  • Honesdale's offense was nothing short of explosive against Nanticoke in a pre-season scrimmage.
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  • After watching the first exhibition game of the season this weekend at the HHS Athletic Complex, one thing is crystal clear.
    The Hornets are going to score points by the truckload ... something Nanticoke found out quickly Saturday morning.
    Honesdale had the ball first in this non-league scrimmage and went on the attack immediately.
    Led by the three pronged assault of Kevin Miller, Kyle Carney and Josh LoBasso, the Red & Black scored three touchdowns in the first 10 plays.
    Defensively, coach Bob Markwith's unit showed flashes of brilliance as well.
    While the Trojans did manage one score in their initial turn, the Hornets also made four plays behind the line of scrimmage.
    Dakota Kronyak, Ronnie Krempasky and Tyler Canfield each made a big play in the early going. However, the question remains: Can Honesdale play defense consistently enough to keep pace in the wild & wacky LFC?
    Local fans have one more chance to see their team before Opening Night of the Lackawanna Football Conference campaign.
    The Hornets travel to Hanover Friday night for a battle with the Hawkeyes.
    They then return home for a Week One encounter with East Stroudsburg North. Opening kick-off for that contest is slated for 7 p.m. here in the Maple City.
    Guns Blazing
    A senior quarterback who's entering his third year starting under center, Miller directed the Hornet offense with surgical precision against Nanticoke.
    Kevin is coming off a solid season that saw him throw for more than 1,000 yards and nine touchdowns in LFC competition.
    Miller got things going on Saturday with a 20-yard completion to Alex Evanitsky on a waggle. Just moments later, he executed a textbook option play that resulted in a score.
    Page 2 of 3 - Kevin drew the Trojan defenders in, then pitched the ball to Evanitsky at the last possible second. Alex did the rest, rocketing down the home sidelines 27 yards to the endzone.
    His biggest display of the day came four snaps later.
    Miller hit AJ Meyer for a short gain, then took matters into his own hands. Kevin pulled the ball down, jetted around left end and outraced the entire Nanticoke defense 65 yards to The House.
    Meanwhile, Carney picked up right where he left off last fall with one big play after another. In fact, Kyle tallied the day's first touchdown by sprinting 78 yards off left tackle.
    Carney suffered a slight ankle sprain in the first series. However, after a bit of rest, a little ice and a new tape job, he returned.
    Cole McConnell also made his presence felt for Honesdale's offense.
    A tall, rangy receiver who also plays on the varsity basketball team, McConnell leaped high in the air to make a spectacular finger-tip catch and close out the Hornets' first series.
    LoBasso showed his versatility and athleticism by playing both quarterback and wideout.
    Tackling Time
    The main criticism of Honesdale's varsity squad the past several years has been inconsistency on the defense and special teams.
    On Saturday, though, the Red & Black attacked the ball and gave Nanticoke fits all morning long.
    Kronyak wreaked havoc in the Trojans' backfield, disrupting the very first play. Dakota then sniffed out a reverse and made the tackle four yards behind the line of scrimmage.
    Canfield showed some serious mettle with back-to-back solo stops, while Krempasky killed off the Trojans' second series with an interception deep in Hornet territory.
    Page 3 of 3 - Josh Burkavage shrugged off an early shoulder injury and turned in a solid all-round performance on the defensive side.
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