With experienced quarterback John Kennedy in charge, the Scranton Eagles controlled the pace of the game with their running game, then used the passing game to get on the board.
Kennedy completed 5 of 6 passes for 89 yards and two touchdowns, while Bill Sandly took care of the run with 15 carries for 189 yards and a TD, in a 37-14 Empire Football League win over St. Lawrence Valley at Scranton Memorial Stadium.
With their fourth win, the Eagles remained in contention for an EFL playoff berth. The top six teams qualify, with the Eagles in seventh place, one game behind Broome County.
“We’re coming along later in the season with a young team,” said Kennedy, a 23-year veteran of the Eagles. “With our running game we didn’t have to throw, but it allowed us to throw.”
Coming out, the Eagles wanted to get on the board early, and they did with a 4-yard Gary Visnofsky run on the game’s fourth play from scrimmage.
“Every single game we play that’s what we want to do,” Eagles coach Mike Woodard said. “We’re not a come-from-behind team. We need to pound it and control the clock.”
After pounding it out, it was time to air it out. Kennedy hit Terry Vieney in the end zone from eight yards out, with 7:13 to play in the first quarter.
The Trailblazers stayed on pace with a 54-yard TD run from Rob Scott.
After a scoreless second period, both came alive in the third.
Kennedy hit Thad Witek with a 22-yard strike with 7:29 to play, before the Trailblazers countered on a 10-yard pass from Jimmie LeClair to Joe Hutchison.
Then the Eagles sealed the deal with a 17-yard run from Sandly and a 3-yard run from Andre Chollete.