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Hazleton Area rallies to OT victory

Three straight touchdowns helped Hazleton Area make it three straight wins.

Down 15 points with less than seven minutes remaining in regulation on the road, the Cougars put together a comeback that produced a 28-21, overtime victory over Dallas Friday night in a non-league football game between ranked Wyoming Valley Conference teams.

Hazleton Area (3-2) entered the game ranked sixth among Big Schools in the Gaughan Auto Store Super Six Power Rankings on Dallas, the third-ranked Big School, lost in its return from an unplanned weekend off and fell to 2-2.

Matthew Buchman led the comeback with two of the three touchdowns and the game-clinching interception.

Tyler Wolfe did his part, throwing for two touchdowns and a two-point conversion late. He threw both of his touchdowns on fourth downs and got the Cougars out of third- and fourth-and-long situations on the game-tying drive.

Buchman’s 8-yard touchdown on a Wolfe pass that was deflected by a defender with 6:33 left pulled the Cougars within 21-13.

Wolfe hit Matthew Cusatis for a 22-yard touchdown with 1:17 left. He passed to Ryan Matyas for the two-pointer that forced overtime.

Hazleton Area got the ball first in the National Federation 10-Yard Line Tiebreaking Procedure.

Buchman carried it in on the second play and Luke Russo added his second extra-point kick for the 28-21 lead.

The Buchman interception ended the Dallas possession and the game.

Wolfe finished 18-for-28 for 223 yards passing.

The Dallas defense limited Buchman to 35 yards on 16 carries, but he became the game’s leading receiver with 8 catches for 81 yards. He ran it in from a yard out during the second for the only Hazleton Area touchdown of the first three quarters.

Jackson Wydra was 14-for-21 for 172 yards passing and scored the first two Dallas touchdowns on 1-yard runs for a 14-6 halftime lead.

Parker Bolesta led the Dallas ground game with 14 carries for 97 yards, including the 44-yard, third-quarter touchdown that expanded the lead to 15 points.

Jake DelGaudio had a big game for the Dallas defense. He had 10 tackles, including a sack and another for a loss, along with 8 assists and a forced fumble.

Treyvon Corchado had seven tackles, a sack and an interception for Hazleton Area. Matyas had a team-high eight tackles, including one for a loss.


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