By: Jordan Clark | Towanda Daily Review | October 23, 2016
TOWANDA — Towanda kept their slim playoff hopes alive with a 21-14 win over Tunkhannock in non-league football action Saturday.
"I think the first half we didn't play with any passion," said Towanda coach Craig Dawsey. "I let them know in the locker room, we just didn't play well. We had two fumbles by our senior running back and they were challenged at half time and they came out and responded well. It could of been the switch from Friday to Saturday but we just weren't very sharp to start this game."
The victory over the quad-A school will help propel them toward the top eight with Wyalusing at home left on the docket for the Knights.
"This team does a good job of staying humble," remarked Dawsey. "They have come a long way from last year to this in that regards. It's Towanda vs. Wyalusing and if you're not ready for that game there is not much I can do for you. They'll be ready."
Keegan Kisner had another big game, rushing for 228 yards on 29 carries with three touchdowns to lead Towanda.
It was all defense early with back-to-back turnovers on the first two drives, followed by Towanda forcing Tunkhannock to turn it over on downs.
The Knights broke through first as Kisner rushed one in from six yards. Shane Martin added the extra point to make it 7-0 Towanda.
Tunkhannock got on the board in the second quarter as Logan Cywinski rushed one in from 25 yards out. The point after was good and it was tied at 7-all.
The Knights would then hold on downs again, but a Kisner fumble set up Tunkhannock's next scoring drive.
Zack Rodgers hit Brian Muckin from 37 yards out on 4th-and-6 to put Tunkhannock up 14-7 after the PAT.
Down by a touchdown at the break, Towanda rallied in the third quarter as Kisner punched another one in from six yards out. Martin added the point after to knot the game at 14-all.
The Black Knight defense then held again as they forced Tunkhannock to turn it over on downs on 4th-and-1.
Tunkhannock tried to take the lead on a field goal in the fourth quarter but the Knights blocked it.
That was followed by a 49-yard run by Kisner late in the fourth to put Towanda up 21-14 after the Martin extra point.
On the ensuing drive, Tunkhannock would convert a 4th-and-8, but the Knights held on a 4th-and-6 on their own 32 yard line to take over.
From there, they ran out the clock for the win.
Griffin Sites had seven carries for 52 yards for Towanda.
Through the air, Tanner Kunkle was 4-for-7 for 40 yards. Dalton Potter had two catches for 17 yards while Isaac Pelka had two grabs for 23.
Cywinski had 105 yards rushing on 33 carries while going 4-for-6 for 41 yards. Rogers was 9-for-18 for 140 yards with the one touchdown.
Muckin was their big target with two catches for 65 yards while Mike Taylor had six receptions for 45 yards.
The win comes against a close friend of Dawsey's, Yan Cechak.
"It's always bittersweet," said Dawsey. "You want to win, but it was just a good game on their point. Both teams came to play. The ball just bounced our ways more tonight."