MOUNT CARMEL —
What appeared to be one of those "comebacks for the ages" ended up in a frustrating loss Friday at the Silver Bowl in a stunner.
Loyalsock, which had not beaten Mount Carmel in four previous encounters, raced out to a huge lead before holding on for a 32-29 victory, handing the Red Tornadoes a rare second consecutive loss in Heartland Conference Division II action.
The Lancers held a 32-7 advantage late into the third quarter and then needed a late interception by Nick DeFrancesco to negate a furious fourth-quarter comeback.
"We were pushed to the brink by a veteran football team and our senior leadership came through tonight," first-year Loyalsock head coach Justin Van Fleet said. "This was a sort of homecoming for Nick because his father was born in Mount Carmel and I wanted them to know who he was when the game was over."
Mount Carmel initiated its comeback in the third period with a five-play, 52-yard scoring drive capped by a 25-yard touchdown pass from Zack Wasilewski to Rob Varano that pulled the home team within 32-14.
However, the best was yet to come for the hometown faithful as the Red Tornadoes (2-2, 1-1) put together a fourth-quarter comeback that just fell short of being miraculous.