Honesdale suffered its fifth loss in six games Sunday afternoon against Dunmore
The area's top-ranked high school football team came calling for a rare day game this weekend and put on quite a show.
Dunmore and Honesdale were originally scheduled to play their Week Six LFC contest Friday night, but a nasty thunderstorm forced postponement until Sunday afternoon at 3 pm.
The weather wasn't much better this time around, but that didn't seem to bother the Bucks in the slightest.
Using a ferocious ground game and relentless defense the Bucks dominated every facet of the game en route to a 48-7 victory.
"We just didn't come to play today and you can't do that against a team as good as Dunmore," Coach Jim Ludwig said.
"They're very big and very physical and we just weren't ready for them. They pushed us around up front and pretty much had their way with us."
Honesdale began its year with high hopes and lofty goals. However, with this loss, the Hornets saw their LFC record fall to a disappointing 1-5.
Next up for the Red & Black is a Week Seven road trip to Taylor and a battle with Riverside.
The Vikings have just one win on their 2013 resume and will imp into this one fresh off a double digit loss to Western Wayne.
"There's not much we can do except try and put this one behind us," said Coach Ludwig. "It's going to be a short week of practice, but we'll have to work hard and be ready Friday night."
Early & Often
Dunmore's offensive attack is built around Daiqwon Buckley and it didn't take long for Maple City fans to see why.
The Bucks massive senior tailback ran wild against Honesdale's under manned front seven. By the time he headed to the bench for good late in the third quarter, Buckley had run for three touchdowns and piled up 145 yards rushing.
Daiqwon capped the first Dunmore drive with an 11-yard rumble off left tackle.
He added a 16-yard TD right up the middle with 4:06 left in the opening stanza. His final score came from 18 yards out shortly before intermission.
Through six weeks of LFC action, Buckley now has nearly 1,100 yards on the ground and 15 TDs.
"He's a big kid and it takes more than one tackler to bring him down," Coach Ludwig said. "We didn't gang tackle the way I would have liked and it showed."
Colin Holmes broke free for a 63-yard TD run and Sal Marchese rounded out the ground assault with a 7-yard tally.
Quarterback Brandon Kujawski put the finishing touches on this one, hitting Josh Ziller with an 8-yard scoring strike.
While the outcome of this one was never in serious doubt, several Honesdale players turned in valiant efforts Sunday afternoon.
Senior quarterback Kevin Miller repeatedly evaded a fierce Dunmore rush and completed several pinpoint passes.
Miller's favorite target was Cole McConnell. A tough-as-nails senior tight end, McConnell led all receivers with four catches and 117 yards.
The highlight of his day was a beautifully executed fade late in the fourth quarter. Cole fought his way off the line, sprinted down the field and hauled in a perfectly thrown ball from Miller.
McConnell never stopped running until he crossed the Dunmore goal line some 81 yards later.
"I'm very happy for Cole," said Coach Ludwig. "He's a tough kid and he's been working really hard. It's great to see him come up with a play like that."
Josh Burkavage played his usual aggressive, up-tempo game on both sides of the line. The junior caught a pair of passes on offense and racked up eight tackles on defense.
Josh LoBasso also played his heart out from opening kick-off to final whistle.
A junior who many expect to be under center next fall, LoBasso hauled in four passes at wideout. He also combined with Miller to anchor a hard-hitting Hornet secondary.
Tyler Canfield returned from injury to make an impact on offense, defense and special teams.
Canfield's biggest play of the night came on a fake punt when he carried the ball 13 yards for a key Red & Black first down.
Keegan Werner came off the bench and played a large chunk of the second half at tailback.
"He's one of those kids who works hard every day at practice and always gives us 100 percent," said Coach Ludwig. "Keegan makes us a better team because of the effort he puts forth."
Score by Quarters...
HON (1-5) 0 0 0 7 - 7
DUN (6-0) 14 14 13 7 - 48