Trail too much for Hanover Area


HANOVER TWP. — Dom­i­nat­ing in all three phases, Lack­awanna Trail beat Hanover Area, 35-7, in a non­con­fer­ence game Fri­day night.

Trail (7-1) out-rushed the Hawkeyes (3-5), 253-33.

Jef­frey Resto re­turned the open­ing kick­off 85 yards to give the Lions a 7-0 lead.

“(Resto) has a ton of po­ten­tial all around as a foot­ball player,” Lack­awanna Trail coach Steve Jervis said. “On spe­cial teams, he can be an im­pact player.”

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 fin­ished 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 Hawkeyes quar­ter­back Aaron Hum­mer twice.

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 1-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.

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