James Lacey atoned for a fumble that led to a touchdown, snaring a 50-yard scoring strike from Ty Fish that lifted the Broome County Dragons to a 21-14 victory over the Scranton Eagles on Saturday at Scranton Memorial Stadium.
Lacey’s catch midway through the third quarter accounted for the only points in the second half and spoiled the Eagles’ semi-professional football season opener.
Hampered by a clock that wasn’t functioning because of severe storms in the last two weeks, the Eagles saw their final drive fizzle at the Broome County 30 as time expired.
Andre Gilmore gave the Dragons a 6-0 lead, capping a 92-yard march with a 21-yard scoring run late in the first quarter.
Four plays later, on the second play of the second quarter, 42-year-old Eagles quarterback John Kennedy showed he’s still got some magic left, hitting Thad Witek with an 8-yard scoring pass. That came one play after his 15-yard completion to Andre Cholette.
Faking the extra point, Lewis Verdetto ran for two and an 8-6 lead.
Lacey’s fumble on the next series was recovered by Scranton’s Patrick Gavin, putting the Eagles in business at the Broome County 40.
It took just one play for Kennedy to fire a 40-yard scoring strike to Rich Baker. The extra point was blocked, leaving the Eagles with a 14-6 lead.
Broome County answered midway through the second, culminated by Gilmore’s second touchdown, a 1-yard plunge. The conversion run tied the game at halftime.
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