Kody Cresswell carried 15 times for 229 yards and 4 touchdowns Saturday afternoon to help Lackawanna Trail pull away from host Holy Cross, 42-12, in a Lackawanna Football Conference Division 4 game.
Cresswell ran for one touchdown in each of the first two quarters for a 14-6 halftime lead, then two more in the third quarter to open a 22-point lead.
Hunter Patterson added two fourth-quarter touchdowns for the Lions, who improved to 2-0 in the division and 5-1 overall.
Logan Tierney scored both touchdowns for Holy Cross (0-2, 3-4).
Patterson ran 12 times for 81 yards as Lackawanna Trail piled up 328 yards rushing and 396 yards of total offense.
Lackawanna Trail moved 42 yards on 5 straight runs of at least 5 yards each on its second possession to open the scoring. Cresswell finished the drive with a 7-yard run.
Holy Cross threatened early in the second quarter, reaching the Lackawanna Trail 21 and 44 before an interception and a punt.
Cresswell turned an inside run into a 56-yard touchdown for a 14-0 lead.
Lackawanna Trail was in position to add to its lead before the half, but after moving inside the 30, consecutive penalties set up a second-and-32 situation and the Lions fumbled the ball away.
Tierney went up high in the left corner to beat the defender to the ball and pull in a 25-yard touchdown pass from Nate Cobley to pull the Crusaders within 14-6 at the break.
The Lions needed to cover just 39 yards on their first possession of the half. Patterson’s 25-yard run led to Cresswell’s 7-yard touchdown on the next play.
Lackawanna Trail scored in two plays on its next possession when Cresswell broke a 64-yard run up the middle.
Holy Cross answered with an 11-play, 67-yard scoring drive that carried into the fourth quarter. Tierney ran 31 yards for the touchdown on third-and-eight to make it 28-12.
Lackawanna Trail needed just three plays to get the score back. Stephen Jervis passed 34 yards to Evan Litwin to get the ball to the 3 and Patterson scored from there on the next play.
Patterson’s interception and 20-yard return set up his own 7-yard touchdown to close the scoring.
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