Old Forge scored on three straight offensive plays in the first quarter and set a school record for points in a half Friday night, Sept. 14 while rolling to a 56-7 rout of Holy Redeemer in its home opener.
The Blue Devils opened a 56-0 lead at halftime with the help of four touchdowns by Brian Tomasetti, who ran for 213 yards on 10 carries. Tomasetti also intercepted two passes, including one he returned for the final Old Forge score.
Old Forge set the tone on the opening drive on the way to 373 yards rushing.
Tomasetti capped a seven-play drive with a 3-yard touchdown less than two minutes into the game.
Old Forge fumbled a punt to set up Holy Redeemer in Blue Devils territory.
Tony DeSanto's fourth-down sack ended the threat.
Brenden Wahl then hit Anthony Piccolini with a 62-yard touchdown pass to start the scoring streak.
The Blue Devils scored 20 points in a little over four minutes for a 27-0 lead with 3:34 left in the first quarter.
Tomasetti went 63 yards up the middle and Warren Welsh recovered a fumble at the Holy Redeemer 5 to set up a Shane Schuback touchdown.
Old Forge poured it on with 29 second-quarter points.
Tomasetti broke tackles along the left sideline on the way to turning a fourth-and-inches play into an 80-yard touchdown and 35-0 lead.
"It started off with the offensive line," Tomasetti said. "Every game, they give me a great opportunity to get to the second level and I just went from there."
Brandon Yescavage had a 37-yard touchdown run and Jorden Sekol scored from 22 before Tomasetti returned an interception 45 yards.
"Tomasetti is a special kid, no doubt about it," Old Forge coach Mike Schuback said. "He can do everything offensively, defensively and special teams-wise. He's a real big leader for us.
"As our featured tailback, we're really happy with the amount of production he gets out of his carries."
Eric Shorts ran four yards in the fourth quarter for the only Holy Redeemer touchdown.
The win sets up Old Forge to face visiting Dunmore Friday at 7 p.m. in a meeting of unbeaten, state-ranked Class A teams. Dunmore entered the weekend ranked third while Old Forge was seventh, according to the Harrisburg Patriot-News.
Scranton, Valley View, Delaware Valley and Lackawanna Trail all won Friday night to improve to join Dunmore and Old Forge in improving to 3-0.
Abington Heights and Scranton Prep took 2-0 records into Saturday afternoon home games.
Jake McCarthy carried 18 times for 276 yards and all five touchdowns for Scranton, which gave up its first points of the season but had little trouble in defeating Wyoming Valley West, 34-14, in a rematch of a District 2-4-11 Class AAAA Regional playoff last season.
Valley View rallied for the third straight game to defeat Honesdale, 49-21.
Bryan Schor celebrated his commitment to a Miami of Ohio scholarship this week by going 12-for-13 for 251 yards and four touchdowns as Delaware Valley routed Hazleton Area, 49-12.
Jeremy Greenley carried 12 times for 142 yards and two touchdowns while also catching a 68-yard pass in Lackawanna Trail's 35-13 victory over Meyers.
Kyle Kiehart completed six of seven passes for 166 yards and two touchdowns to lead Lakeland to a 34-15 victory over Hanover Area.
GAR stopped a two-point conversion pass attempt with 15 seconds left to send Carbondale to its second straight heart-breaking defeat, 20-19. A week ago, the Chargers were stopped at the 2 with no time on the clock in a 32-28 loss to Riverside.
Results of Saturday games involving Abington Heights, Scranton Prep, Mid Valley and Holy Cross can be found online at golackawanna.com/sports.
• Each team had 14 first downs.
• Old Forge more than doubled Holy Redeemer in total yardage, 465-230.•
Tomasetti has scored 11 touchdowns while helping Old Forge outscore its first three opponents, 148-27. He has 455 yards and eight touchdowns on 44 carries, has intercepted four passes and returned two of them for touchdowns and has another score on one of his two receptions for 51 yards.
• Brandon Vahey carried three times for 46 yards and three other Blue Devils ran for at least 25. Yescavage was 2-for-38 while Sekol and Tyler Salerno were 5-for-25.
• Brenden Wahl went 3-for-4 passing for 92 yards. Piccolini had two catches for 70 yards.
• Holy Redeemer passed for 118 yards on 30 attempts. Pat Villani led the Royals in rushing with 61 yards on seven carries. Eric Kerr caught 11 passes for 109 yards.
• Matt Mancuso was 4-for-5 on extra-point kicks and Old Forge went 2-for-3 on two-point attempts.