For The Daily Item
Despite a school-record performance from Luke Klingerman, things still got worse for the Mount Carmel football team on Friday night.
Montoursville quarterback Griffin Dunne rushed for 216 yards and three touchdowns as the Warriors rolled up 320 yards on the ground and sent the Red Tornadoes to their third consecutive loss, 41-37, in a Heartland Athletic Conference Division II game.
Mount Carmel (2-3 overall, 1-2 HAC-II) has now allowed 924 yards rushing and 122 points in its three-game skid.
The loss overshadowed an outstanding performance by Klingerman. The senior tailback ran for a school-record 362 yards and five touchdowns. The 362 yards broke Jon Veach’s record of 296 set in the 2000 PIAA playoffs against Lakeland.
Despite 78 total points in the game, the first score didn’t come until the final play of the first quarter when Klingerman ran 25 yards for a touchdown. In fact, Mount Carmel led 14-0, before Montoursville scored the next 21 points. Cam Ott caught a 55-yard TD pass from Dunne with 9:53 left in the third quarter to give the Warriors a 21-14 lead.
Then things got really entertaining as the two teams combined for three touchdowns in 54 seconds midway through the third. Klingerman ran 39 yards for a score with 4:49 left to tie the game, before Dunne answered with a 70-yard TD run to make it 28-21. Klingerman then returned the favor, ripping off a 68-yard TD run with 3:55 left in the third quarter and added a two-point run to make it 29-28.
Clay Stoner (14 carries, 110 yards) ripped off a 15-yard TD run for Montoursville with 11:55 left in the game, but the two-point conversion failed as the Warriors (4-1, 2-1) took a 34-29 advantage. Klingerman had one last TD run with 8:49 left in the game and Danny Lesko caught a two-point conversion pass from Zach Wasilewski to give Mount Carmel a 37-34 lead.
Dunne scored the game-winner on Montoursville’s next play, ripping off a 65-yard TD run with 8:26 left in the contest for the final margin of victory.