The Lackawanna College Football team offense exploded in the second half to claim a 47-15 opening day victory over the Vikings of Hudson Valley Community College. The Falcons scored 34 points in the second half after a sluggish start left them with a mere four-point,13-9, lead at halftime.
The Falcons relied on Jo-El Shaw to keep them in the contest in the first half of play as he scored on a 25-yard touchdown carry to give Lackawanna the initial lead and a one yard rush to regain the lead after Hudson Valley tied the score at 7. In the second half Shaw helped ignite the Falcons' offensive explosiveness with a 40-yard run for touchdown in the third period. On the day, he rushed for 173 yards on 11 carries.
Michael Dare, in his first start for the Falcons threw two scoring passes of 51 and 14 yards, while completing 14 of 28 yards for 181 yards. His prime target was Navon Prince, who hauled in 8 passes for 108 yards including scoring passes of 14 and 51 yards.
On defense, JaQuan Brisker, playing in first college game excited the Lackawanna faithful by returning an interception 100 yards for a score. Brisker also contributed two tackles in the defensive backfield. The leading tacklers for the Falcons were London Cloud, with 10 tackles and Donte Raymond with 9. Branyan Javier-Castillo led the team in sacks with 2, while Joram Smith claimed a turnover with an interception.
The scoring summary for Saturday's game is as follows:
01:41 LKW - Shaw,Jo-El 25 yd run (Howard,Isaiah kick), 8-66 2:05
14:20 HVCC - Hoover,MarShon 6 yd pass from Manning,Wesley (Fox,Matt kick), 5-74 2:16
07:55 LKW - Shaw,Jo-El 1 yd run (Howard,Isaiah kick blockd), 9-56 3:25
07:55 HVCC - Jones,Nicholas PAT return
12:03 LKW - Prince,Navon 51 yd pass from Dare,Michael (Howard,Isaiah kick), 3-51 0:46
03:11 LKW - Shaw,Jo-El 40 yd rorun (Howard,Isaiah kick), 2-57 0:23
14:46 LKW - Prince,Navon 14 yd pass from Dare,Michael (Howard,Isaiah kick failed), 4-40 1:44
09:31 LKW - Finney,Eric 4 yd run (Howard,Isaiah kick), 4-47 1:36
05:39 LKW - Brisker,JaQuan 98 yd interception return (Howard,Isaiah kick)
03:14 HVCC - Allen,Michael 12 yd pass from Beckett,T. (Fankhanel,N. kick blockd), 6-59 2:20
Lackawanna returns to play next Saturday when they host the New Jersey Warriors in Lackawanna's home opener. Kick-off for next week's contest is scheduled for 3:00pm. Lackawanna's home games are played at Valor Field at Memorial Stadium in Scranton, Pennsylvania.