Alex Evanitsky and Josh LoBasso combined in leading Honesdale to a lopsided Friday night victory
Despite all the distractions during the lead-up to Friday night's game, Honesdale managed to stay focused and “on-task.”
The Hornets saw their practice schedule drastically impacted by the search for Eric Frein, a man accused of shooting two defenseless PA State Troopers.
They saw what was slated to be a home game re-located to the Pioneer City.
They saw an entire region gripped by fear, anger and shock for more than a week ... and yet somehow they kept it all together, went out and did their job.
Coach Jim Ludwig's lads suited up like it was any other Friday evening in the Lackawanna Football Conference.
They went out and dominated a young Carbondale Area squad, eventually rolling to an impressive 42-16 win.
“The kids did a nice job,” he said. “They could easily have gotten distracted by all this, but they didn't.
“These kids were very mature about the whole situation. They took in stride and I'm definitely proud of them.”
With Alex Evanitsky, Josh LoBasso and Logan Freiermuth leading the way, Honesdale won its third game in four starts.
The Red & Black are now tied with Dunmore atop the Division II standings. Next on the agenda is a non-league contest with Tunkhannock.
That game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. kick-off Friday night here in the Maple City
Evanitsky lived in Kyle Carney's shadow last fall.
Now, though, the speedy senior has stepped out into the spotlight and is quickly becoming one of the LFC's most feared scoring threats.
On Friday at Carbondale, Alex hurt the Chargers in multiple ways. He ran between the tackles, he ran around the end, he returned kicks and caught passes out of the backfield.
By the end of the night, Evanitsky had piled up more than 250 yards of total offense. The highlights of his performance included three short touchdown runs and one monster 80-yard TD off a screen pass.
“Alex has really taken the bull by its horns,” said Coach Ludwig.
“The thing I like best is that he's finishing runs. Alex isn't taking hits at the end, he's dishing them out and that's great to see.”
Evanitsky scored four straight times of Honesdale in this one. He opened with a 5-yard TD run in the first quarter, then added a 4-yarder in the second.
The biggest play of the night, however, came with time winding down toward intermission.
Evanitsky hauled in a screen pass from LoBasso, made a couple of nice cuts and was off to the races. He benefitted greatly from his initial blocks up front, but also received crucial stalk blocks downfield from AJ Meyer and Julio Galarza.
“Those guys really don't get enough credit,” Coach Ludwig said.
“Guys like Logan Freiermuth, Gus Martin, Jon Sepe, Dakota Kronyak and Will Bunnell work so hard to give our backs room to operate.”
Down the Stretch
Carbondale did its level best to keep this one close.
The Chargers trailed 21-3 at halftime, but clawed their way t o within 28-16 late in the third quarter.
That's when LoBasso decided to take over.
Honesdale's senior signal caller broke loose for a pair of fourth period touchdown runs that sealed the deal on a prime time win. The first went for 15 yards and the second for 10.
“Josh is really handling the offense well,” Coach Ludwig said. “He spent a ton of time in the off-season getting ready for the switch from receiver to quarterback and he's done a fantastic job.”
LoBasso also led the Red & Black defensive attack.
Josh intercepted two passes from his spot in the secondary, each of which killed off a Charger drive. He also earned high marks for coming up to the line strong in run support.
“He's definitely one of our leaders out there,” said Coach Ludwig. “Josh leads by example. He takes charge when he's on the field.”
TJ Knash put the final touches on this lopsided victory. The senior kicker split the uprights with all six of his PAT attempts.
Score by Quarters...
HON (3-1) 7 14 7 14 - 42
CAR (1-3) 3 0 13 0 - 16