WVC football: Dallas continues its impressive start by beating Crestwood

By Dave Rosengrant - For Times Leader

WRIGHT TWP. — Scoring more than 50 points in its opener last week en route to a victory, the Dallas offense proved on Friday night that the season-opening performance was no fluke.

While the Mountaineers had a few problems in the second half, they racked up 335 yards and 32 points to defeat Crestwood 32-12.

Running back Lenny Kelley led the offense with 154 rush yards and a score, while quarterback Mike Starbuck ran for 62 yards and a TD also throwing for 65 yards and two scores as Dallas improved to 2-0 for the first time in the Rich Mannello era, which is in its fourth season.

“It all starts in the weight room. They are so committed to that building and doing things the right way,” Mannello said. “And because of it our overall team speed is fast as we’ve been since we’ve got here.”

Taking advantage of a fake punt on its first drive, Dallas drove in the game-opener 67 yards capped by a 2-yard keeper from QB Mike Starbuck with 6:32 left on the clock for a 7-0 lead.

That was the first of three combined scores on the night for the Dallas junior.

Shortly after getting great field position on a short punt by the Comets (1-1), Starbuck hit Matt Maransky for the first TD connection between the two for a 14-0 lead. A safety on a long snap on a Crestwood punt put Dallas up 16-0 after the first quarter.

Starbuck found Luke DelGaudio in the final seconds of the first half for a 17-yard score as Dallas took a 22-0 lead into halftime.

“We executed. We missed some plays that we don’t normally miss, and credit that to Crestwood because they hung in there. We had some red zone opportunities that weren’t converted and that has to get corrected,” Mannello said about his team’s second half. “But prior to that (in the first two quarters), we had a good mix going, we were executing well, but there were too many mistakes.”

Crestwood showed promise in the second half as Chase Passman started to lead the offense. At one point, the senior QB hit six straight completions, including a 21-yard scoring strike to Brandon Nieminski in the third quarter cutting the deficit to 25-6.

Passman later found Ryan Petrosky for a 38-yard TD in the fourth quarter. Overall, Passman was 11 of 25 for 164 yards. Seven of the completions went to Nieminski for 106 yards, while Petrosky hauled in three receptions for 56 yards.

“Those receivers, that’s a nice group. And he (Passman) throws a nice football,” Mannello added. “The kid hung in there. We were after him and he hung in there, never got light feet all night long. A tribute to him.”

Dallas 32, Crestwood 12


Crestwood `0’0`6`6`—`12


First Quarter

DAL – Starbuck 2 run (Fisher kick) 6:32

DAL – Maransky 19 pass from Starbuck (Fisher kick) 2:54

DAL – Safety (snap out of end zone) 1:37

Second Quarter

DAL – L. Delgaudio 17 pass from Starbuck (kick failed) :57

Third Quarter

CRE – Nieminski 21 pass from Passman (kick blocked) 6:24

Fourth Quarter

DAL – Fisher 28 field goal 9:48

DAL – Kelley 10 run (Fisher kick) 7:03

CRE – Petrosky 56 pass from Passman (kick failed) 5:01

Team statistics`DAL`CRE

First downs`16`10


Passing yards`65`164

Total yards`335`214


Sacks by-yards lost`3-20`1-6





PASSING – DAL, Starbuck 5-15-1-65. CRE, Passman 11-25-0-164

RUSHING— DAL, Starbuck 14-62, Kelley 20-154, Gashi 5-34, Cuba 3-22, TEAM 2-(minus-3). CRE, Swank 3-8, Passman 13-20, Rother 6-19, Gegaris 1-3.

RECEIVING— DAL, Kelley 1-14, Maransky 1-19, L. DelGaudio 1-17, Motley 2-15. CRE, Nieminski 7-106, Petrosky 3-56, Swank 1-2.


MISSED FG’S – none


By Dave Rosengrant

For Times Leader

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