HS FOOTBALL: Lackawanna Trail Cruises Vs. Haweyes
HANOVER TWP. — Lackawanna Trail is used to beating Wyoming Valley Conference teams.
The Lackawanna League small school won seven of its last eight games against the WVC, and it added another victory to that total Friday night.
Dominating in all three phases, the Lions beat Hanover Area at its own game on the way to a 35-7 at Memorial Stadium. Lackawanna Trail (7-1) out-rushed the Hawkeyes power offense, 253-33.
Hanover Area’s (3-5) Senior Night was spoiled immediately as Jeffrey Resto returned the opening kickoff 85 yards to give the Lions an early 7-0 lead.
“(Resto) has a ton of potential all around as a football player,” Lackawanna Trail head coach Steve Jervis said. “On special teams, he can be an impact player.”
The Hawkeyes recovered a fumble on the first play of Lackawanna Trail’s next drive, but couldn’t capitalize on the turnover.
Following the Hawkeyes’ second punt in two drives, the Lions took almost six minutes off the clock and drove 54 yards, and Ray Melnikoff capped the drive with a 3-yard touchdown. The sophomore fullback led all players in rushing with 93 yards on 10 carries.
After a promising series resulted in a missed field goal, Hanover Area’s offense struggled throughout the second quarter while the Lions took advantage of its mistakes.
Hanover Area’s next four drives ended in interceptions as Jordan Edwards and Nico Berrios each picked off Hawkeye quarterback Aaron Hummer twice.
“I feel like we have a great secondary,” Jervis said. “At times we’ve made some mental lapses, but tonight we really only had maybe one minor one.”
The Lions turned the first two interceptions into points. Cody Moyle took a sweep 24 yards for a touchdown and another handoff on the following drive one yard for a score, extending the lead to 28-0. Moyle finished the night with 82 yards.
Melnikoff added offensive and defensive plays to his highlight real to start the third quarter, stopping Hanover Area’s Joe Curcio behind the line on third down and bouncing a 33-yard run outside to set up Lackawanna Trail’s fifth touchdown. Edwards took the next carry in for the score, and Nathan Rolka connected on his fifth extra point.
Despite the first-half interceptions, Hanover Area stuck with the passing game, mixing in a few runs on the ensuing drive. The pass heavy offense found success as Hummer shed a tackler and threw a 19-yard touchdown to Jared Kishbaugh.
“We struggled running the ball early,” Hanover Area head coach Mike McCree said. “Our plan was to be a little bit more balanced with that.”
As a team, the Hawkeyes rushed for 33 yards, but Hummer passed for 189 yards and connected with six different receivers.
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