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Five Blue Devils selected for Dream Game

The Old Forge representatives in the annual Dream Game are, from left to right, Mike Matisko, Mike Tagliaferri, Kiel Eigen, Brandon Souryavong, and Connor Fultz.

Photo by Bradley Lanphear

The 77th Annual Scranton Lions Club Dream Game will feature five members of the 2010 Old Forge High School football team which won seven games and qualified for the District 2 Class 1A playoffs.

Former Blue Devils Connor Fultz, Brandon Souryavong, Mike Tagliaferri, Mike Matisko and Kiel Eigen were all selected to play for the County squad when they face the City squad on Wednesday, July 27 at Scranton Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is 8 p.m.

Fultz led the Blue Devils with 10 touchdowns – all of the receiving variety – as the wide receiver caught 35 balls for 549 yards. The two-way performer also finished third on the team in tackles with 73 from his defensive back position. He also had two interceptions.

Brandon Souryavong played all-star caliber football for two seasons for the Blue Devils at inside linebacker and offensive guard and tackle. Souryavong recorded 79 tackles, including nine for loss; recorded three sacks during his senior season, and forced three fumbles. On offense, Souryavong helped pave the way for an Old Forge offense that rushed for over 1,600 yards and 22 touchdowns.

The versatile Tagliaferri led the Blue Devils in scoring with 12 touchdowns. The Old Forge running back scored seven touchdowns on the ground as he ran for 231 yards on 39 carries. He also hauled in four touchdown passes as he caught 17 balls for 247 yards out of the backfield. His 12th touchdown came on a kickoff return. Defensively, the outside linebacker recorded 63 tackles, including 19 for loss, to go with three sacks.

Eigen, selected as a captain for the Old Forge football team before his senior season, will serve in an honorary role for the County team.

Lackawanna Trail’s Steve Jervis and his staff will coach the County team. Scranton Prep’s Nick Donato and his staff will coach the City.

Arch-rival Riverside also had five players named to the County roster. The Vikings Corey Talerico, Skylar Lavage, Alex Pucilowski, Tommy Armillay, and Paul Lassiter were all selected.

The remainder of the County roster is made up of players from Lakeland, Abington Heights, Valley View, Western Wayne, Lackawanna Trail, Mid Valley and Carbondale.

Go Lackawanna sports writer Tom Robinson contributed to this report.

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