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Knights Roll Past Hornets

Posted Wednesday, September 27, 2006 by Scott Walsh

Honesdale had an impressive nine-play, 97-yard scoring drive to draw within one point early in the second quarter of its Lackawanna Football Conference Division I matchup Friday night at Scranton Memorial Stadium.

Needing someone or something to provide a spark to snap out of their doldrums, the Knights got it from Tarrean Barrett.

Over the next six minutes, the junior came up with several big plays that turned the game from a nailbiter into a rout that enabled Scranton to notch a 42-20 victory.

Kawon Shell rushed for two touchdowns, quarterback Dan Scherle threw for two scores and Mike Weeks also had two scores 2 one on offense, one on defense 2 to lead the Knights (2-2 overall, 1-0 league). Kicker Luigi Giordano booted six extra points and kept Honesdale pinned deep in its territory with several booming kickoffs.

However, it was the timely play of Barrett that gave the Knights the spark they desperately needed.

Devin McLaughlin's 6-yard touchdown run capped Honesdale's long scoring drive and pulled the Hornets within 7-6 with 8:38 left in the second quarter.

That's when Barrett took charge. He broke through and blocked the extra point to keep Scranton in front.

Then, on the second play of the Knights' ensuing possession, he took a short pass from Scherle and zig-zagged his way down the field for 55 yards before being run out of bounds at the Honesdale 4 by Wade Rickard.

"Tar is one of our better players," Scranton coach John Marichak said. "He makes things happen. We're looking for ways to get him the ball in the passing game. Every time he gets it, it seems he's close to taking it the length of the field."

Added Weeks: "That was a real big play. We needed something like that to get us going. We came out a little flat. I think we might have underestimated them a little bit. They shoved it down our throat, but Tar came out and made a big play. That picked us up."

Shell scored on the next play to give the Knights a 14-6 lead with 7:39 left in the second quarter.

Now, the Scranton defense was fired up and Ryan Gilhooley recovered a Honesdale fumble at the 13 on the third play of the ensuing possession.

On third-and-7 from the Honesdale 10, Scherle rolled to his right and found Barrett, who had both feet tucked just inside the end-zone pylon, for the touchdown and a 21-6 lead with 5:56 left in the first half.

After forcing Honesdale to punt on the ensuing possession, Barrett was at it again. This time, he threw a block that helped Weeks return the kick 24 yards to the Honesdale 46. Four plays later, Shell found the end zone for a second time from one yard out.

Just like that, it was Scranton 28, Honesdale 6 with 2:25 left in the first half.

"It just took us a little while to get going," said Shell, who rushed for 91 yards on 16 carries. "Barrett gave us a good spark. He's a real good athlete. He came out and did his job."

For good measure, Scranton added to its lead with 1:03 left in the half when Weeks intercepted a pass from Hornets quarterback Trevor Taylor and returned it up the sidelines 39 yards for a touchdown that gave the Knights a 35-6 halftime lead.

It was Weeks' second touchdown of the game. He opened the scoring for Scranton in the first quarter on a 30-yard pass from Scherle.

"The interception was my fault," Honesdale coach Gene Biscontini said. "I was just trying to make something happen.

"We got down a little bit, which we can't do. We've got to keep our level of play up there. But give them credit. They jumped on us when we got down."

In the third quarter, Kevin Calvey scored for the Knights on a nifty 21-yard run to make it 42-6 and invoke the 35-point, running-clock rule.

Honesdale scored the game's final two touchdowns against Scranton's second string. Both were passes from Taylor to Ben Rosa, the first covering 61 yards and the second 44 yards.

Rosa finished with 104 yards rushing on 17 carries and also caught three passes for 111 yards and the two touchdowns for the Hornets.

Contact the writer: swalsh@timesshamrock.com

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