HONESDALE — It's official: The Hornets are now one of the hottest teams in the entire Lackawanna Football Conference.
On Friday before a big Senior Night crowd at the HHS Athletic Complex, the Red & Black dominated longtime rival Western Wayne from opening kick-off to final whistle.
Kevin Miller and Kyle Carney did the majority of the damage, racking up a staggering 403 yards rushing between them as Honesdale cruised to a 42-0 shutout.
The win was the Hornets' third straight and improved their overall record to 4-5. Coach Jim Ludwig's lads will close out the 2013 regular season on the road in Week 10 against Mid Valley.
The Spartans (5-4) suffered 41-13 thrashing at the hands of undefeated and top-ranked Dunmore (9-0).
Carney entered Friday night's contest needing just over 100 yards rushing to crest 1,000 for the season.
Honesdale's elusive tailback didn't keep the hometown fans waiting long. Kyle attained his Milestone Moment early in the second quarter with a bruising five yard run.
On the very next play, Carney broke loose on a 23-yard scoring scamper.
By the time the night was over, Kyle would shred Western Wayne's front seven for an eye-popping 211 yards and two TDs.
The highlight of Carney's evening came with just under nine minutes remaining in the third quarter. Kyle bounced outside, turned the corner and rocketed 62 yards to paydirt.
Carney carried the ball 23 times, played solidly on defense and special teams, and even completed a 21-yard pass to tight end Cole McConnell.
For the year, Kyle has now rushed for 1,102 yards on 157 attempts (7.02 ypc). He's also scored 15 touchdowns, caught nine passes for another 197 yards, kicked two PATs and tallied a pair of two-point conversions.
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While the spotlight shone brightly on Carney, Miller turned in his third straight stellar effort under center.
Kevin threw for more than 170 yards last Friday against Lakeland and two weeks ago ripped Riverside for 205 yards rushing.
This time around, Miller authored arguably his best performance of the entire season. The senior signal caller carried the ball only eight times, but amassed an eye-popping 192 yards.
Kevin broke the scoring seal with a 23-yard touchdown run in the opening stanza. He followed that up with a 58-yarder after intermission. Then, less that two minutes later, Miller embarked on a 69-yard TD jaunt.
He closed out his night, and the game's scoring, by hitting Tyler Canfield on an 8-yard touchdown pass with 5:43 left in regulation.
Defensively, Josh Burkavage continues to evolve into one of the LFC's elite linebackers.
The hard-hitting junior recorded six solo tackles against Western Wayne, two of which came behin the line of scrimmage.
Burkavage was also responsible for a pair of Wildcat turnovers by forcing two fumbles. TJ Knash recovered one and McConnell snagged the other.
Ron Krempasky and Miller were the ringleaders in Honesdale's secondary.
Krempasky made a dazzling return after missing a huge chunk of his senior season due to injury. The tough-as-nails cornerback was credited with to passes defensed and also got in on two tackles.
Miller accounted for the Hornets' final turnover by intercepting a Kyle Haines pass.
Western Wayne came into this contest with designs on a .500 finish.
Page 3 of 3 - Sadly for a hardy band of fans who made the trek from Varden, the 'Cats were never able to get their attack on track.
Honesdale's defense keyed on Jayson Figueroa all night long and, as a result, the Hornets held one of the LFC's truly elite running backs well below his usual numbers.
Figueroa carried the ball 18 times, but managed just 47 yards. The Wildcat senior will enter the season's final weekend with 1,505 yards and 12 TDs.
Coach McDonough has been stressing balance on offense in his first year at the helm. On this particular night, though, the 'Cats weren't able to move through the air either.
Haines completed 7-of-16 passes for 72 yards and an interception.
Brandon Tuite and Scotty Walsh were Kyle's favorite targets, combining for five catches and 80 yards.
Kyle Smith had Western Wayn's longest gainer, good for 29 yards.
Kourtney Harp also snagged a pair of passes, while Steven Bluthal and Figueroa added one apiece.
Score by Quarters...
HON (4-5) 6 8 21 7 - 42
WW (3-6) 0 0 0 0 - 0