Freeport's 'dragon' burns Deer Lakes
Freeport's “four-headed dragon” roared Friday night.
Riding a stingy defense and diverse offense, Freeport dominated visiting Deer Lakes, 39-0, in a Class AA Allegheny Conference game at James Swartz Memorial Field.
In its home opener, No. 7 Freeport (3-0, 3-0) outgained Deer Lakes, 452-83, and received significant offensive contributions from several skill position players.
Senior running back/wide receiver Mike Teorsky cracked the 100-yard rushing mark for the first time in his career. He collected 105 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 12 carries.
Also for the Yellowjackets, senior quarterback Brendan Lynch was 6 of 8 passing for 123 yards and carried 11 times for 87 yards and two touchdowns; senior running back Damon Smith rushed for 106 yards and a touchdown on 13 attempts; and senior wide receiver/running back Fred Pastoria chipped in an 8-yard touchdown scamper.
“This was a breakout game for me, but we got our four-headed dragon going,” Teorsky said, referring to himself, Lynch, Smith and Pastoria. “We all moved the ball well together.”
It could be argued that Freeport's “dragon” had more than four heads. Senior wide receiver Dustin Koedel added three receptions for 56 yards, including a diving catch worthy of a highlight reel, and senior tight end Tony DeVivo made a one-handed catch for a 43-yard gain.
“I was happy with the effort from the first snap to the last,” coach John Gaillot said. “I'm proud of how we've progressed over the first three games.”
Deer Lakes (0-3, 0-3) got most of its offense from junior quarterback Josh Plocki, who passed for 70 yards, and senior tight end John Grebinoski, who had four catches for 31 yards. But the Lancers struggled to find running lanes through Freeport's large defensive line and quick linebackers.
“Not only is Freeport's defense big, but they're also one of the most physical teams I've seen,” Deer Lakes coach Todd Hazlett said. “I expect big things from Freeport this year.”
Freeport junior offensive lineman Nathan Rummel was ejected for a personal foul midway through the second quarter. By WPIAL rule, he will be required to sit out next week's game at Valley.
The penalty against Rummel placed Freeport in a third-and-31 situation at its 42-yard line. But the Yellowjackets regained momentum when Koedel made a spectacular diving catch for a 27-yard gain. Freeport went on to get the first down, score on the drive and take a 19-0 lead into halftime.
Paul Kogut is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at email@example.com or 724-224-2696.