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STAFF PHOTOS/ALICE STUFFLE Tyler Rozanski takes the ball upfield against the Blue Devils in Trail’s 26-7 loss on Friday night in Old Forge.

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Jeffery Resto hauls in a 30-yard pass from Nico Berrios against Old Forge on Friday night.

With Old Forge quarterback Dante Lucarelli sidelined because of an illness, the Blue Devils turned Friday’s game over to their rushing attack and their defense.

The Blue Devils ran for 264 yards, forced three turnovers and scored a touchdown on defense to post a 26-7 win over Lackawanna Trail in a Lackawanna Football Conference Division IV game at Old Forge Memorial Stadium.

Hezekiah Deitz rushed for 110 yards and Kevin Pepsin had 88 yards on the ground and a touchdown to lead the way for Old Forge (5-1, 2-0 Division IV).

Old Forge forced a punt on Lackawanna Trail’s first drive and then moved 60 yards in 12 plays. In the second quarter, Deitz stepped in front of a screen pass for an interception and ran 43 yards for a touchdown to give the Blue Devils a 13-0 lead.

Lackawanna Trail’s (4-3, 2-1) offense got on track on its next drive. Ray Melnikoff broke a 20-yard run on the first play and Nico Berrios rushed three times for 23 yards on the eight-play drive. Melnikoff ran up the middle for a 3-yard touchdown to cut the lead to 13-7 at halftime.

Old Forge took control with a six-play, 72-yard drive to open the second half. Deitz had four carries for 34 yards and Pepsin broke a run to his right and ran 34 yards for a touchdown to push the lead to 19-7.

With the win, Old Forge clinched a tie for the Division IV title.

“We will focus on being more physical on both the offensive and defensive line (against Hanover),” said Lackawanna trail head coach Steve Jervis. “We put together a great drive in the second quarter, so we just need to focus on being more consistent.”

He added, “We have to eliminate mistakes in big games to give ourselves a chance to win.”

Jervis said, “We look forward to back on the field this Friday night for annual senior night and to perform in front of our home crowd.”

Old Forge 26, Trail 7

Trail 0 7 0 0 7

Old Forge 6 7 6 7 26

First quarter

OF - Weaver 11 pass from DiGregorio (run failed). 2:13

Second quarter

OF - Deitz 43 interception return (Krenitsky kick). 6:59

LT - Melnikoff 3 run (Melnikoff kick). 3:00 Third quarter

OF - Pepsin 34 run (kick failed). 8:09 Fourth quarter

OF - DiGregorio 13 run (Krenitsky kick). 1:42

Team statistics


First Downs 12 12

Rush-Att-Yard 35-121 43-264

Comp-Att-Int 3-10-2 2-7-1

Passing Yards 48 14

Total Yards 169 278

Punts-Average 3-20.0 2-25.0

Fumbles-Lost 2-1 1-1

Penalties-Yards 5-44 6-55

Individual statistics

Rushing: LT- R. Melnikoff 14-84, 1 TD; J. Resto 4-18; K. Cresswell 3-18; J. Brown 2-8; N. Berrios 10-(-3); Team - 2-(-4). OF- H. Deitz 12-110; K. Pepsin 18-88, 1 TD; M. DiGregorio 11-64, 1 TD; C. Holzman 1-3; Team - 1-(-1).

Passing: LT- N. Berrios 3-10-2, 48. OF- M. DiGregorio 2-7-1, 14, 1 TD.

Receiving: LT- J. Resto 1-30; J. Brown 1-3; J. Halter 1-15. OF- T. Carey 1-3; Z. Weaver 1-11, 1 TD.