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.