Mother Nature showed her face on the Shores of the Big Lake this past Friday, bringing with her a steady flow of rain that seemed to be going sideways at times. The winds were blowing and there was a definite feeling of Fall in the air, but nothing was going to the dampen the Buckhorn Pride on Senior Night in their home stadium.


Mother Nature showed her face on the Shores of the Big Lake this past Friday, bringing with her a steady flow of rain that seemed to be going sideways at times. The winds were blowing and there was a definite feeling of Fall in the air, but nothing was going to the dampen the Buckhorn Pride on Senior Night in their home stadium.

The pre-game festivities about an hour before kick-off celebrated the Wallenpaupack student athletes that will be graduating at the end of the year, and the proud moment for both the kids and the parents instantly warmed up the atmosphere. When the introductions were done, and the flowers passed out, the Bucks took to the turf for yet another match-up with one of their oldest and fiercest rivals with less than 20 miles separating the two schools. Honesdale was in town and the Purple Pack was about to swarm on the Hornets, running over them in a 48-6 victory.

The Red and Black received the opening kick-off and less than four minutes later the Bucks took the ball from their opponents on a fumble recovery by sophomore Pat Ingulli. The turnover set the Bucks up with the ball at Honesdale’s 43-yard line and the night’s theme was about to take to the stage.

Joe DeFebo scored his first touchdown of the evening from 16 yards out at the 7:36 mark, and was going to end up finishing the game with six rushing touchdowns, and 323 yards, writing another chapter in the WAHS record books by breaking the mark of most touchdowns in a game.

Less than two minutes later he was in the end zone again on a 31-yard romp, and QB Chris Ingulli capped off the first quarter with a run of his own from 25 yards out to give the Bucks a 21-0 advantage going into the second quarter.

“I think he (Chris Ingulli) looked pretty good. He looked comfortable,” said Buckhorn Head Coach Mark Watson after the game. “Now that he’s got that role, he’s really grabbed hold of it. He’s mobile and that’s big. The more games we get under his belt, the better off we’re going to be.”

The second quarter the Honesdale stung back, but it was the sting of a yellow-jacket, not a Hornet. At the 11:37 mark Jesus Rivero broke two tackles and sprinted across the goal line, the first and only time they would score in the game.

DeFebo and his offensive line went back to work. The way the line was blowing people out of the way, combined with the never-go-down attitude of #34 and he was in three more times before the intermission on scampers of 5, 72, and 1 yards. All in all in the first half alone DeFebo racked up 268 yards rushing and five TD’s.

“I think there is a lot of continuity amongst them. They’re used to each other and they know what each other is doing,” said Watson about his offensive line. “I think with an offensive line that is one of the most important things you can have, they’re also very athletic and communicate well.”

With the clock winding down before intermission it was the Buckhorn defense that was once again swarming to the ball and created another turnover on a Joe Nacinovich interception. The half ended with the Bucks up 41-6.

At the 9:17 mark of the third quarter DeFebo set the record when he rumbled in from 37 yards out giving him six on the night.

“My line tonight, they just pushed them off the ball and played great,” said DeFebo. “We played football tonight. It (the record) feels great but it’s not just my school record, it’s my offensive line, Taylor Newcomer, the whole team. For the record I wish they would name the kids blocking.”

DeFebo’s last score officially put the game out of reach at 48-6 and the mercy rule was in effect. The Bucks did record another turnover with a little over a minute remaining when Kyle Hannel recovered a fumble.

“Our idea was to get out here and play physical right from the beginning and I thought they did that. They were coming out offensively and getting on people and defensively they were chasing after people too. They played very well. They were swarming to the football,” said Watson.

“It’s a cross-town rivalry, it can’t get any better than that,” said Chris Ingulli. “Plus it was senior night for us and the last time we’ll ever play Honesdale. It feels great to beat them like that.”

Quotes from the game:
• “It feels awesome. It was so much fun. Up front I think we came to play. We’re just going to have to carry this over next week against West Scranton,” said senior Joe Donegan.

• “It feels great. We came out and wanted to beat them and we beat them today. Our defense only let up six points and our offense put up 48, we played a complete game tonight. It was a team effort tonight,” said senior Howard Gold.

• “We came out and did our thing. We over-powered them tonight. We were pumped. We had some kids come out and they were screaming tonight, some kids we haven’t heard all year. They came out of their shell tonight and we had some younger kids really step it up,” said senior Bryan Cosgrove.

• “Pat (Ingulli) was coming off two weeks of the flu. He lost about 11 pounds (because of illness). He’s a gamer. The kid just comes out here and plays football. He’s a very good athlete and he played some good football,” said Coach Watson on Pat Ingulli’s fumble recovery.

• “I thought they looked very god. We’re happy with the performance of all of our kids. They were excited to get on the football field and that’s what it’s all about. Everyone wants to get out on the field so if you’re a second, third, or fourth stringer and you get the opportunity, with people in the stands that’s what it’s all about,” said Watson on some of his younger players gaining game-time experience in the second half.