Honesdale displayed an explosive offense and tenacious defense, but still needed a missed field goal with less than two seconds remaining in regulation to survive against a scrappy Western Wayne team. The final is 35-34.
Honesdale and Western Wayne left a big Maple City crowd breathless Friday night.
The Hornets and Wildcats...longtime cross-county gridiron rivals...battled quite literally down to the final whistle in this wildly entertaining Lackawanna Football Conference battle. When the dust cleared, Honesdale had emerged with a 35-34 win.
"This is pretty amazing for us," an exhausted, but elated Jamie Blockberger told TWI Sports just moments after the game. "We knew this was going to be a physical game and it was. It's great to see us putting things together here at the end of the season."
On a night dominated by huge offensive plays, one could easily argue that Blockberger was the game's Most Valuable Player. The senior defensive lineman wreaked havoc in Western Wayne's backfield, defeating constant double teams en route to 11 tackles.
"Jamie was just unstoppable," Coach Jim Ludwig said. "His best attribute is that he never quits on a play. His motor is always running, Jamie has an incredible work ethic and it rubs off on his teammates."
Honesdale raced out to an early lead in this one, thanks in large part to electrifying plays from quarterback Kevin Miller, tailback Kyle Carney and wideout Maleik Torres. The Hornets led 21-14 at halftime, then extended that advantage to 35-20 after three quarters.
That's when things got extremely interesting.
Western Wayne countered with a talented trio of its own: quarterback Johnny Rhodes, tailback Jayson Figueroa and wideout James Berger. With these three leading the way offensively, the Wildcats clawed their way back to within a single point.
Sadly for Coach Allen "Butch" Keller's squad, two botched extra points and a missed field goal on the game's final play sealed the deal on a heartbreaking one-point loss.
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Score by Quarters...
HON (3-6) 14 7 14 0 - 35
WW (3-6) 7 7 6 14 - 34