JP Antosh threw three touchdown passes as the NEPA Miners erupted for 30 first-half points en route to a 30-12 win over the Watertown Red & Black in an Empire Football League game Saturday at Scranton Memorial Stadium.
While the Miners' offense clicked for three touchdowns before halftime, their defense scored first when Cory Homer sacked the quarterback in the end zone for a safety with 7:40 remaining in the first quarter.
Homer finished with eight tackles and 4½ sacks.
The Miners offense then got on track as Antosh threw a pair of touchdown passes in less than two minutes to build a 17-0 lead. He first hit Mannie Stewart for 1-yard touchdown pass with 3:17 left in the first quarter and Dodson Waterton ran in the two-point conversion to give the Miners a 10-0 lead.
Antosh then hit Brandon Decker for a 40-yard touchdown pass with 1:18 remaining in the quarter. Cameron Beatty's extra point gave the Miners a 17-0 lead.
Antosh stayed hot in the second quarter with a 10-yard touchdown pass to Cody Elgin to give the Miners a 24-0 lead.
Watertown reached the end zone on a 2-yard run by Rob Hughes but Stewart returned the ensuing kickoff 75 yards for a score to give the Miners a 30-6 lead at halftime.
Antosh finished with 106 yards passing and the three touchdowns and Decker caught two passes for 56 yards and a score.
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