Paupack used an ages-old strategy to hammer out a convincing win over Valley View in Week One Lackawanna Football Conference action.
The Buckhorns put out the proverbial welcome mat for perennial Division One powerhouse Valley View on Friday night, but proved less-than-gracious hosts.
Paupack dominated the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball throughout this pitched battle on the shores of The Big Lake.
Dr. Mark Watson's squad established a bruising ground game early on. That, coupled with a relentless defensive attack, catapulted the Bucks to a lopsided victory over the Cougars.
The final score was 35-0.
"To be totally honest, I'm pleasantly surprised and pretty impressed," Dr. Watson said. "Valley View is a good team, but our kids really went out there and got after them."
Jovaughn Marshall led the assault. Paupack's senior tailback exploded for more than 200 yards rushing and four touchdowns.
"The most amazing thing about Jovaughn is that he's just scratching the surface as far as potential goes," Dr. Watson said. "Once he gets a little more comfortable at the position, it's going to be downright scary."
Paupack will look to open its 2013 LFC campaign with two straight wins this coming weekend.
The Bucks hit the road Friday evening for a battle with archrival Honesdale. This Division I-II crossover contest also represents the 21st edition of the Wayne/ Pike Shrine Bowl.
"I'm really hoping that the momentum carries over," said Dr. Watson. "It should be a great game. Honesdale's a good team and that whole Shrine Bowl setting is just outstanding."
Opening kick-off is slated for 7 p.m. at the HHS Athletic Complex.
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Valley View entered this Week One encounter as one of the favorites to challenge for a Division One title.
However, after suffering a 35-0 beatdown, it's Paupack that may now be receiving consideration.
The Cougars managed just nine first downs and 122 yards of total offense on the night, a performance that left Dr. Watson smiling from ear-to-ear.
"In all my years coaching here, I don't think I've ever seen a defense play so physically," he said. "The kids were relentless right from the get-go.
Kenny Roman was the ringleader. Paupack's senior defensive tackle blocked a punt, made two tackles for loss and recorded a sack.
"I think that's the best all-round game Kenny has ever played," Dr. Watson said. "He was awesome. They just couldn't stop him."
Roman also played a key role in unleashing Marshall offensively. Kenny notched four pancake blocks that helped his tailback shred Valley View's front seven.
Marshall got Paupack on the board midway through the first quarter on a 4-yard touchdown run. Jovaughn then made it 14-0 with a 9-yard scoring scamper at the 3:06 mark.
By the time he was done, Marshall would amass 204 yards and four TDs.
"Jovaughn just ran with so much power," said Dr. Watson. "He showed a ton of balance. He kept moving, kept his legs churning. Jovaugh was very, tough to tackle out there."
Marshall's highlight reel effort of the evening came early in the third period when he broke loose on a 71-yard TD run.
Paupack's O-Line also earned high marks for its dominance up front. Matt Guinard (Sr), Kyle Vasey (Sr), Billy Rotella (Jr), Marc Peterson (Jr) and TJ Root (Jr) combined to pave the way for Marshall.
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Senior Ricky Smith and sophomore Matt Vosburg also contributed big plays to the Paupack win.
Smith closed out the scoring by rumbling over from four yards away with 7:16 left in regulation.
Vosburg was perfect on his placement tries, banging through all five of his extra point attempts.
Score by Quarters...
WA (1-0) 14 0 14 7 - 35
VV (0-1) 0 0 0 0 - 0