HS Football: Holy Cross snaps 12-game losing streak behind Wudarski's two touchdowns

Sep. 3—DUNMORE — Aiden Wudarski rushed for 230 yards and two touchdowns as Holy Cross snapped a 12-game losing streak with a 28-12 victory over Holy Redeemer in a nonleague football game Saturday at Monsignor Crotti Field.

Wudarski, mostly lining up with his twin brother Leland at fullback leading the way, averaged more than 10 yards per carry while barreling through defenders.

"We were going outside and that was working and then we started going inside and that was working, too," Aiden Wudarski said. "A lot of openings for me to go in. The blockers were good, too."

Leland Wudarski added 22 yards on the ground and also had 18 yards receiving.

"It's great; I love it," Aiden Wudarski said. "Me and him have so much chemistry. We just work so good together."

The duo combined for 46 yards on the ground on Holy Cross' first drive and Josh Lentowski scored on a 1-yard quarterback sneak to give the Crusaders (1-1) a 6-0 lead. Thomas Dugan had two completions on Holy Redeemer's third drive but the Royals were stopped on fourth down at Holy Cross' 33. Lentowski then hit Kevin Vincent for a 22-yard gain on the first play of Holy Cross' drive. On the next play, Aiden Wudarski ran up the middle, cut to his left and raced 45 yards for a touchdown. Lentowski ran in the two-point conversion and Holy Cross led, 14-0.

"(The Wudarskis) are two tough kids," Holy Cross coach Joe Giorgio said. "They're dedicated, they're in the weight room all winter. They are two sophomores who are just learning the game, but if they stay on that path, we'll be fine. The more we play, the better we're going to get."

Dugan completed four passes on the Royals' (0-2) first drive of the third quarter, including a 43-yard connection with Nick Latinski. But Lentowski ended the drive with an interception inside Holy Cross' 10-yard line that he returned to the 15. Holy Cross then went 85 yards in eight plays and Henry Chilewski scored on a 1-yard run to push the lead to 20-0 with 17 seconds left in the third quarter.

Vincent intercepted a pass on Holy Redeemer's next drive and Wudarski scored on a 30-yard run on Holy Cross' first play. Lentowski ran in the two-point conversion to push the lead to 28-0. Dugan hit Kyaire McClean for a 43-yard gain on the Royals' next drive and Dugan scored on a 4-yard run. After Michael Debaskas intercepted a pass on Holy Cross' next drive, Dugan hit Mike Zbierski for a 20-yard touchdown pass with 5:52 left in the fourth quarter.

Holy Cross got two first downs on its next drive to run out most of the clock and pick up its first win since Oct. 29, 2021, against Montrose.

"It's big," Giorgio said. "It's been 12 games since our last win. We're really young, we're inexperienced and the more these kids play, there is some talent there. We just have to build on it."