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Souryavong leads County defense

Old Forge linebacker records game-high nine tackles

The Old Forge representatives at the 77th annual Dream Game, from left to right, kneeling, Michael Matisko, Kiel Eigen, and Michael Tagliaferri; standing, Connor Fultz and Brandon Souryavong.

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Old Forge’s Connor Fultz goes out for a pass.

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Old Forge linebacker Brandon Souryavong fights off a block during the Dream Game. Souryavong led all tacklers.

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Old Forge defensive end Michael Matisko rushes the passer.

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Old Forge linebacker Michael Tagliaferri takes on a block.

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He spent the better parts of three quarters chasing down City quarterback Tyler Hughes of West Scranton. And while Hughes got the better of the County defense in the City’s 19-7 win in the 77th Annual Scranton Lions Club Dream Game on Wednesday night at Scranton Memorial Stadium, Old Forge’s Brandon Souryavong made sure the outcome remained within striking distance for the County offense.

Souryavong recorded nine tackles, four assists, a tackle for a loss, and forced a fumble for the County to lead his team’s defense from the inside linebacker position of the 4-3 setup.

Old Forge’s Mike Tagliaferri also played well defensively for the County, recording three stops, and fellow Blue Devil Mike Matisko got dirty in the trenches playing defensive tackle.

But Matisko’s value came on offense where he lined up at tight end and helped the County outrush the City, 176-141.

Old Forge wideout Connor Fultz also aided the County offense with two catches for 27 yards.

But in the end, Hughes was just too much for the County to overcome.

Hughes threw for two touchdowns, ran for another and generally dominated the spotlight the second longest running high school football all-star game in the country..

Hughes hit nine of 13 passes for 118 yards and led all rushers with 67 more on 10 carries He showed what was ahead on the City’s first offensive possession when he hit all five of his passes, including an 8-yard touchdown to high school teammate Ray Dominguez for a 7-0 lead after one quarter.

The County answered with a 1-yard touchdown run by James Fruehan of Abington Heights to force a 7-7 tie with 10:24 left before halftime.

Hughes scored on a 1-yard run with 4:42 left in the half and hit North Pocono’s Greg Sporko with a 15-yard touchdown pass with 7:57 left in the third quarter to finish the scoring.

The County never threatened after scoring its lone touchdown.

GO Lackawanna Sports Writer Tom Robinson contributed to this report.

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