OLD FORGE – Brian Tomasetti needed less than six minutes Friday night to produce the first touchdown against the Dunmore defense this season.
By the time he was finished, Tomasetti had three touchdowns to lead Old Forge to a 21-0 win, its first victory over Dunmore since 1980.
"That's a huge deal," Tomasetti said. "They're a great program so we figured if we get a win here tonight, it would be a big stepping stone for our program."
The game matched teams ranked in the top 10 in the state in Class A, according to the Harrisburg Patriot-News and provided a potential preview of the District 2 playoffs where Old Forge will be trying to defend its title.
Both teams entered the night with 3-0 records. Dunmore was ranked third and Old Forge seventh.
Dunmore, playing without its top two rushers, Austin Seamon and Daiqwon Buckley, because of injuries, was unable to move the ball on Old Forge.
The Blue Devils held the Bucks without a first down in the first half.
After Dunmore opened the second half with two first downs in three plays, Tomasetti intercepted an underthrown pass and returned it 64 yards for a touchdown and 14-0 lead with 9:15 left in the third quarter.
"We had some turnovers and silly things go wrong, but I was just happy with the way we battled," Old Forge coach Mike Schuback said. "They're a very good football team.
"They're going to be playing until Thanksgiving."
Jorden Sekol recovered a fumble to stop the next Dunmore possession and Tomasetti carried six straight times to cover 40 yards.
Tomasetti's 1-yard run and Matt Mancuso's third extra point concluded the scoring with 5:37 still remaining in the third quarter.
Tomasetti, who finished with 145 yards on 29 carries, had 26 carries to that point. He was busy right from the start.
Penalties helped disrupt the opening drive in which Tomasetti picked up 41 yards on the first four plays.
When Old Forge punted, Dunmore mishandled it and Jake Manetti recovered.
The Blue Devils took advantage with Tomasetti scoring on a 2-yard run.
"We got some things going early," Schuback said. "Obviously, they didn't have some of their kids out there tonight, which makes a difference."
Old Forge dominated the first half, but low snaps contributed to Mancuso missing two field goals. He eventually missed another attempt from 43 yards in the fourth quarter after again having to hesitate while the ball was being placed.
Dunmore gained possession three times in Old Forge territory in the half, but never threatened.
Shane Schuback had a fumble recovery and a tackle for a loss to help the Old Forge defense. The Blue Devils have not allowed a first-half touchdown since the team fell behind for the only time this season, 7-0, in the first quarter to Lake-Lehman on Opening Night.
• Old Forge outgained Dunmore, 154-19, in the first half.
• The Blue Devils finished with yardage advantages of 196-73 rushing, 79-56 passing and 275-129 total.
• Tomasetti has 14 touchdowns in four games, including three on his five interception returns. He has 600 yards and 10 touchdowns rushing on 73 carries, for an average of 8.2 yards per carry.
• Old Forge has outscored opponents, 169-28.