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Chiefs bury Chargers in first half

Dominico Spataro threw five first-half touchdown passes, three of them to Lacota Dippre, Friday night as Lakeland routed visiting Carbondale, 52-7, in a non-league game between neighboring Lackawanna Football Conference teams.

Lakeland opened a 44-0 halftime lead by scoring three touchdowns in each of the first two quarters and adding a safety.

Spataro went 13-for-18 for 226 yards passing and also led the team in rushing by going 56 and 21 yards on his only carries.

Dippre caught 4 passes for 55 yards while Riley Rovinsky caught 4 for 82 yards and a touchdown. Jon Seamans caught Spataro’s other touchdown pass.

Freshman back-up quarterback David Naniewicz went 4-for-5 for 31 yards and a touchdown

Lakeland has scored 93 points and outscored its first two opponents by a total of 69 points. Both totals are the best in District 2.

The Chiefs are the No. 1 Small School team in the Gaughan Auto Store Super Six Power Rankings, as determined by our partner website,

Friday night’s activities included honoring the unbeaten 1987 Lakeland team that posted a series of victories over larger schools the year before the introduction of state football championships by the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association.

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