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Dranchak leads Riverside to victory


February 16. 2013 11:21PM


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TAYLOR – Nick Dranchak lofted a third-and-15 pass over the Carbondale defense for his fourth touchdown pass, a game-winning 44-yarder to Nico Munley with 48.7 seconds left in Friday night's football game.


Dranchak's work was not done yet.


The senior made a game-saving stop at the 2 with no time on the clock to preserve Riverside's 32-28 home-field victory.


"He's one of the toughest kids I've ever had the opportunity to coach," Riverside coach Evan Prall said. "I love the kid for his toughness."


Dranchak carried a heavy workload. He led the Vikings with 85 rushing yards on 17 carries while hitting 11 of 23 passes for 178 yards. He was second on the team in tackles, broke up a pass and punted three times.


"I was a little banged up, but I had to keep pushing through," Dranchak said.


The same could be said for the Chargers who attacked the Vikings between the tackles late in the game while putting together an upset attempt.


Sam Demianovich ran for two of his three touchdowns in the fourth quarter to lead Carbondale back from a 25-14 deficit. Carbondale's go-ahead score came from Demianovich just one play after he was forced out of the game because he was vomiting on the field.


The Chargers kept pressing even after Dranchak and Munley put the Vikings on top.


Joe Gigliotti hit three passes, including two to convert third downs, moving the Chargers to the Vikings' 18 with three-tenths of a second remaining. A pass interference call on Riverside gave Carbondale one last untimed down from the 9.


Mark Donaghey provided the pass rush, forcing Gigliotti to back-pedal deep into the backfield before throwing to Lukas Durkin, who was wrapped up by Dranchak at the 2.


"Mark came off the edge and made him throw off his back foot," Prall said.


Carbondale, which won just three games in the previous two seasons, has 21 of 22 starters back and battled last year's District 2 Class A finalists until the clock ran out.


"I'm so proud of our kids," Carbondale coach Larry Gabriel III said. "For us to have 47 seconds left and get down to the goal line says a lot."


Riverside was penalized 13 times for 84 yards.


Carbondale took over on the Riverside 4 after a wild punt snap and scored on a 3-yard Demianovich run just 1:33 into the game.


The Chargers took over in Vikings territory after kickoffs four times with the help of a 38-yard average by Ricky Jones on his three returns.


Carbondale converted a 50-yard return by Jones into a 5-yard Brandon Sales touchdown with 2:47 left in the half for a 14-14 tie.


Dranchak had passed 23 yards to Jim Tucker in the first quarter and 15 yards to Munley in the second quarter for a 14-7 lead. He put the Vikings back on top, 22-14, at halftime by passing 15 yards to Mike Loftus for a touchdown then running for the two-point conversion.


Munley, who caught two touchdown passes while making his third and fourth interceptions of the year, picked off a pass in the end zone to keep Riverside ahead going to the locker room.


Mat Lucas hit his third field goal of the season, from 29 yards, to make it 25-14 after three quarters.


Dranchak went 3-for-5 for 76 yards passing in the winning drive.


Riverside (1-1) returns to action at North Pocono (0-2) Friday night.


BY THE NUMBERS

Riverside had a 17-14 advantage in first downs and a 296-185 lead in total yardage despite being charged for minus-31 team yards on the bad punt snap and losing an additional 32 yards in sacks.


Dave Sweetman carried 13 times for 56 yards and caught two passes for 13 yards for the Vikings.


Demianovich carried 19 times for 95 yards to help Carbondale to a 128-118 lead in rushing yards.


Gigliotti finished 7-for-14 for 57 yards but was intercepted twice. Munley (75 yards) and Loftus (45) each caught three passes for the Vikings.


Riverside was penalized 13 times for 84 yards.


Loftus also had seven tackles, including one for a loss, and three assists.


Carbondale defensive lineman Joe Sosa had two sacks and a fumble recovery. He finished with four tackles and two assists.


Remington Hedden had seven tackles for the Chargers.





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