LEHMAN TWP. – By game's end, it was hard to imagine Old Forge and Lake-Lehman were tied in the closing minutes of the first half.
Things fell apart so quickly for the Black Knights that it seemed Old Forge drove the ball into the end zone just as fast as the Black Knights gave it away.
The Blue Devils scored four touchdowns – all off turnovers – to turn a three-point lead at halftime into a 50-14 rout Friday night, Aug. 31.
After giving up a first-quarter touchdown, defending District 2 Class A champion Old Forge rattled off 42 consecutive points on the road.
"We made some big plays on their miscues," Blue Devils coach Mike Schuback said. "Turnovers win games, and we only had one."
Old Forge took momentum in the third quarter by shutting down the Lake-Lehman passing game.
Brian Tomasetti turned one of Old Forge's two interceptions in a four-minute span into a 50-yard return for the third of his four touchdowns and a 22-7 lead.
Matt Mancuso gave the Blue Devils the lead on a 28-yard field goal with two seconds left in the half.
Lake-Lehman held the ball for 11 plays to score on its first possession. Dustin Jones, who carried 12 times for 66 yards in the first quarter, ran 15 yards for the touchdown. Jones managed just 17 yards on nine carries in the last three quarters.
"The fullback (Jones) is a heck of a ball player," Schuback said. "They kinda controlled the line of scrimmage in the first quarter."
Old Forge found success in the passing game. Brendan Wahl threw for 141 yards, including a 54-yard touchdown to Anthony Piccolini in the third quarter.
Piccolini also recovered two fumbles, including one he returned 63 yards for a touchdown.
Brandon Yescavage ran 63 yards for the final Old Forge score.
"I thought the O-line controlled the ball every time we had it," Schuback said. "We just made some bad throws, a bad fourth-down conversion. Other than that, our offensive front did well."
Tomasetti carried 18 times for 128 yards and three touchdowns.
Lake-Lehman finished with a 223-221 lead in rushing yards.
Old Forge led in first downs (16-12) and passing yards (141-40).
Wahl was 10-for-18 for 141 yards passing.
Michael Vieira caught three passes for 35 yards.
Valley View needed to score 28 straight points in the second half to pull out a 48-28 Division 1 victory over Wallenpaupack in the only divisional game on Opening Night.
Scranton Prep overcame the loss of starting quarter Griff DiBileo to an injury and beat Wyoming Area, 12-6.
Kyle Kiehart hit seven of 13 passes for 110 yards and two touchdowns while Tyler Brady ran for 109 yards and two touchdowns to lead Lakeland to a 34-7 romp over defending District 2 Class AA champion GAR.
Marlinn Waiters hit Karlon Quiller with two first-half touchdown passes as Scranton crushed Hazleton Area, 43-0.
Dunmore spoiled the debut of North Pocono coach Greg Dolhon in a 39-0 romp.
Sophomore Cooper Rosiak had a 56-yard run and a 46-yard interception return for second-half touchdowns in Lackawanna Trail's 34-8 victory over Nanticoke.
Chris Rebar returned the opening kickoff 89 yards for one score and brought a punt back 60 yards for another in Mid Valley's 48-14 romp over Hanover Area.
Delaware Valley scored in the final 30 seconds to defeat Parkland, 37-35, in a meeting of District 2-4-11 Class AAAA playoff teams from last season.
East Stroudsburg North stopped Honesdale, 37-7.