Old Forge’s Brendan Mozeleski leads County to Dream Game victory

By Tom Robinson - For Sunday Dispatch
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PECKVILLE – Old Forge’s Brendan Mozeleski ran for first-half touchdowns that gave the County two of its three leads in Wednesday’s 84th annual Dream Game.

Mozeleski’s second touchdown, in the opening seconds of the second quarter, was the last, however, for the County.

The City scored the game’s final 35 points to pull away for a 49-20 victory in the Scranton Lions Club-sponsored all-star game for recent graduates from the Lackawanna Football Conference.

The game, which benefits programs to prevent blindness, drew an announced crowd of 7,546 to John Henzes/Veterans Memorial Stadium.

Mozeleski, Old Forge’s all-time leading rusher who is headed to King’s College to continue his football career, made an immediate impact.

The County took the opening kickoff and drove 71 yards in nine plays.

Mozeleski capped the drive, turning his first carry into an 11-yard touchdown run around left end, then provided an exclamation point by running straight over a defender as he arrived in the end zone.

The County took leads of 8-0 and 14-7 in the first quarter and moved back in front, 20-14, on a 1-yard touchdown run up the middle by Mozeleski.

Mozeleski finished with 16 yards on five carries for the County, which struggled offensively after losing starting quarterback Nick O’Reilly to a leg injury late in the first half.

The County had 265 yards total offense in the first half, but just two in the second half when it was at negative yardage until the game’s final play.

Mozeleski, who also played some at linebacker where he contributed two tackles and an assist, was one of five Blue Devils in the game.

The others were all linemen.

Guard Michael Hopkins and tackle King Shakim-Rose started in the offensive line. Lexus Souriyavong started at defensive tackle. Nick D’Andrea was also part of the team.

D’Andrea, who also rushed the passer into an incompletion, and Shakim-Rose each made one tackle and assisted another.

The City, which was coached by Wallenpaupack’s Mark Watson, leads the series, 42-38-4.

The County was coached by George Howanitz from host Valley View.

In addition to Old Forge, Delaware Valley and Valley View players, the County also included those from Riverside, Honesdale, Lakeland, Carbondale, Western Wayne, Mid Valley and Abington Heights.

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By Tom Robinson

For Sunday Dispatch

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