LEHMAN TWP. — Everything was going great for Tunkhannock. The opposite could be said for Lake-Lehman on Friday night.
Then, the second half began with a driving rain and a heavy wind. And the momentum swung.
The Black Knights overcame a 10-point second-quarter deficit and scored the final 28 points of the game en route to a 49-31 victory.
The big-play ability for the Black Knights (4-2) was the difference, as they reeled off five touchdowns of 50 or more yards.
“Credit to our coaches on that. We really concentrated on (offense) the last two weeks in attacking gaps more,” Lake-Lehman coach Gerry Gilsky said about his team’s explosive plays. “We’re a second-half team. And our kids really fought and fought and fought.”
Zack Kojadinovich (nine carries, 140 yards) accounted for two of those long scoring plays on rushes of 53 and 51 yards. His first one tied the score at 7-7 early in the first quarter.
After Tunkhannock (1-5) took the lead at 14-7 on its next drive, the Black Knights’ Casey Kaminski raced 90 yards to the end zone on the ensuing kickoff, tying the game at 14 at the midway point of the first quarter.
The Tigers opened a 31-21 lead at the 2:57 mark of the second quarter when quarterback Zach Rogers hooked up with Jake Stephens for 22-yard touchdown for Rogers’ second TD toss.
But the Tunkhannock offense, which piled up 330 yards in the first half, was held to just 74 in the second. The Lehman defense minimized the Tigers’ running game in the second half, while the strong wind and rain hampered their passing attack. Rogers was 9 of 13 in the first half but completed just 4 of 11 passes in the second.
Meanwhile, the Black Knights offense was starting to warm up. They only totaled 179 yards in the first 24 minutes before reeling off more than 230 after halftime.
“The first half was horrible,” Gilsky said. “You can’t give up 31 points in the first half. … I’m beside myself. Nobody really paid attention to the gameplan in the first half. They did nothing different on film. You don’t understand kids when you give up 31 points in the first half and the second half you shut them out.”
Lehman cut the deficit to 31-28 just before halftime on a 3-yard QB keeper TD by Nate O’Donnell.
On the first drive of the second half, Kojadinovich’s 51-yard scamper gave Lehman its first lead of the game at 35-31. On the Black Knights’ next drive, Trey Borger (15 rushes, 204 yards) went 78 yards for a score to extend the lead to 42-31.
Borger tacked on a 60-yard rush to paydirt in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach.