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Scranton shuts out North Pocono

Pictured above: Billy Maloney in action earlier this season. (Tim Drewes Photo)

Billy Maloney passed for two touchdowns and ran for two more during a 28-point second quarter Friday night to send Scranton on its way to a 35-0 Lackawanna Football Conference Division 1 road victory at North Pocono.

Elijah Ortiz, Dohnavin Laybourn-Boddie and Nick Carrera led a Knights defense that kept the Trojans out of the end zone with the help of four interceptions.

The Knights used the win to arrive at the midway point in the season at 5-0 overall and to move to the top of the standings as the first team to reach 2-0 in Division 1. Valley View and Abington Heights each came out of the weekend with 1-0 division records.

Scranton opened the scoring on the first play of the second quarter on a 29-yard pass to Matt Shilling.

Maloney scored from the 1 midway through the quarter, then broke the game open with two scores in the last 41 seconds of the half. He passed 10 yards to Donato Stepney and, when the Knights got the ball right back, ran it in from the 27.

Lamaire Saldano sent the game into the Mercy Rule with a 35-yard touchdown run in the first minute of the fourth quarter. Keegan Hughes added his third extra point for the Knights, who also got a two-point conversion from Laybourn-Boddie.

Maloney carried 17 times for 118 yards and hit 7 of 9 passes for 105 more. He also had one of the interceptions on defense where he contributed five tackles and two assists.

Ortiz picked off two passes.

Laybourn-Boddie forced a fumble, intercepted a pass and returned it 25 yards and made two tackles while assisting on five others. One of his tackles and one of his assists came on losses.

Carrera made two tackles and was in on eight others.

Jacob Martinez also had one tackle and one assist on plays that went for losses.

North Pocono lost its third straight to fall to 0-2 and 2-3.

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