Honesdale turned in its best all-round performance of the year Friday night, overpowering Riverside in Week Seven Lackawanna Football Conference action.
Kevin Miller, Kyle Carney and Josh LoBasso led the way as the Hornets dominated the Vikings in all aspects of the game en route to a 45-8 victory.
"We really needed a big win and we went out there and got one," said Coach Jim Ludwig.
"I'm very happy for the kids because they've been working so hard and really didn't have much to show for it. Now, maybe we can build some momentum and close out the rest of the year on a positive note."
With this win, Honesdale improved its overall record to 2-4. The Red & Black are now 1-1 in Division II.
Next on the agenda for Coach Ludwig's squad is a Homecoming showdown with perennial powerhouse Lakeland.
"We're going to try and treat it just like any other game," he said.
"I don't want them to get distracted by all the Homecoming stuff. At the same time, I want them to enjoy the week."
That contest is slated for a 7 p.m. start Friday night here in the Maple City.
On the Attack
Miller proved to be a complete nightmare for Riverside in this one.
Honesdale's senior signal caller wreaked havoc on the Vikings' defense through the air and on the ground.
Kevin erupted for 205 yards rushing, but also threw for 75 more. He tallied a pair of touchdowns and earned unstinting praise from his veteran mentor.
"I think that's one of the best all-round games Kevin has ever played," Coach Ludwig said. "He's such a good athlete and he can hurt you in so many different ways. Kevin was really in control out there."
Page 2 of 3 - The highlight of Miller's night came late in the fourth quarter when he broke loose on an electrifying 79-yard touchdown run.
Kevin also completed six passes, one of which went to Cole McConnell for an 11-yard scoring strike.
After a scoreless opening stanza, Carney ignited the Hornets' offense with a scintillating second quarter.
Kyle jitterbugged his way to a pair of TD runs. The first came from two yards out at 11:47 and the second covered 10 yards with just over six minutes remaining until intermission.
Carney would close out his night with 165 yards rushing, pushing his season total over 700 with three games remaining.
"One of Kyle's biggest goals this year was to get to 1,000 yards," said Coach Ludwig. "He's been a little bit banged up, but I know Kyle is really determined to get there."
While Miller and Carney paced the offensive assault, LoBasso made his presence felt on special teams.
A junior who starts on both sides of the ball and rarely comes off the field, LoBasso broke free on two long punt returns.
The first was good for a 59-yard touchdown and the second set up yet another Honesdale tally.
"Josh is doing a really good job for us this year and he played an awesome game this week," Coach Ludwig said. "He made big plays defense, too."
The biggest of those plays deep in Honesdale territory. With the game far from decided and Riverside knocking at the door, LoBasso put an exclamation point on a goal line stand by intercepting Kenny Kielar's fourth down desperation pass.
Over & Out
TJ Knash and Keegan Werner rounded out the Red & Black scoring.
Page 3 of 3 - Knash, who also turned in an outstanding effort on defense, booted a 27-yard-field goal midway through the third period.
"TJ played a heck of a game," Coach Ludwig said.
"His kicking was good like it usually is, but he was a force on the D-Line. TJ was just ripping and tearing and getting into the backfield all game long."
Werner earned significant playing time for a second straight week and chipped in several more key plays.
The highlight of Keegan's night came late in the final quarter when he ripped off a 15-yard TD run.
Josh Burkavage and Taylor Porter were in the thick of things all night defensively, each coming away with an interception.
Evan Pellitier split his time between nose and tckle on the D-Line, eliciting high marks from Coach Ludwig in the process.
"I really liked what I saw from Evan," he said. "It didn't matter where we lined him up, Evan just got across the line and made plays."
Honesdale doubled up Riverside in every major category, including first downs, time of possession and total yards.
"It was a good win," said Coach Ludwig. "Now I just hope we go out there and build on it."
Score by Quarters...
HON (2-5) 0 14 10 21 - 45
RIV (1-6) 0 0 8 0 - 8