Local youth football Fans packed the Wallenpaupack stadium Sunday as the Junior Buckhorns clashed with the Olyphant Lions in the last home game of the season.
While the skies were overcast most of the afternoon, the Junior Bucks "B" and "C" teams were as bright as a sunny day.
Xathan Schock crossed into the endzone during the first quarter for the "C" team, putting the Bucks on the board early.
While the Lions fought hard through the remainder of the half, the Bucks' defense kept them at bay.
At halftime, the players who were stepping up to the "B" squad next season were recognized along with their parents.
While Justin Stella made some good advances for the Bucks in the second half, Olyphant's defense prevented any further scoring by the Purple and White.
The Bucks' defense was just as solid though. Vincent DeSanti and John Kauffman both landed sacks at key times and kept the Lions from scoring, thus giving the Junior Bucks a 6-0 win.
"We had a lot of fun today," noted DeSanti and Kauffman.
Although both play offensive positions as well, they tend to like the defensive roles more.
"We like sacking and tackling," they both admitted, while Stella was proud of his third quarter interception.
Now at 4-3, Coach Tim Gardsy was very pleased with the boys' performance.
"This was the best game of the year," he said. "The kids had a great game and played well as a team. They all came together today."
Page 2 of 2 - The "B" squad wasted no time putting up the big offensive numbers.
Running Back Eddie Torres crossed the line early giving the Bucks an early 6-0 lead.
Quarterback Matt Horak added yards rushing but the Lions mustered up some mileage of their own with a 75 yard gain in one shot to close out the quarter.
Near the goal for much of the second quarter, the Lions were stopped cold by the Bucks' defense. When ball was finally turned over near the end of the half, Torres struck again and put the Bucks up 12-0.
An extra point attempt with no time on the clock was good and at halftime the Jr. Bucks were up 13-0.
Torres added two more TDs in the third boosting the score to 25-0 and giving him a season total of 22 touchdowns so far. Neither team put up any points in the fourth quarter.
While the Bucks drove hard, the Lions defense regrouped and put up a good fight to close out the game.
This impressive win gives the "B" team a 5-2 record and puts them in good position for the upcoming playoffs.
Both squads face Taylor next week to close out the regular season.
With luck, the Bucks will be back at home one more time on October 27 for the All County Conference Junior Football Super Bowl.
Good luck, Jr. Bucks!