Lack­awanna Trail punches ticket to states

The Times-Tribune - - HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL - BY JOBY FAWCETT STAFF WRITER Con­tact the writer: jb­fawcett@timessham­

CLIN­TON TWP. — Jor­dan Ed­wards had been beg­ging coach Steve Jervis to call the trick play they in­serted and prac­ticed the first week of summer camp, but had yet to use in a game.

Af­ter re­cov­er­ing a fum­ble on the open­ing kick­off, but go­ing back­ward on two of its first three plays, Lack­awanna Trail di­aled up the dor­mant toss-op­tion pass.

Tak­ing the pitch, Ed­wards en­ticed the de­fense to at­tack him. When it did, he fired a strike to a wide-open Nico Ber­rios for the first of sev­eral scores as the Dis­trict 2 cham­pion Li­ons rolled to a 45-7 win over Bris­tol, the Dis­trict 1 cham­pion, in the Class 1A subre­gional fi­nal at Li­ons Pride Sta­dium on Satur­day night.

Lack­awanna Trail (11-1) will face Dis­trict 11 cham­pion Tri-val­ley next week at a site to be de­ter­mined to open the PIAA playoffs.

“Ev­ery week, I was bust­ing coach Jervis to run it,” said Ed­wards, who also re­cov­ered the fum­ble on the kick­off. “Fi­nally, the time came and I have to thank Nico for catch­ing it.”

“This was just a great team ef­fort.”

Lack­awanna Trail was never threat­ened af­ter the open­ing score. The de­fense lim­ited the War­riors to 2 yards on their first 16 plays.

Colin Mul­h­ern cor­ralled Bris­tol punter Kevin Far­rell for a safety, then Cody Moyle scored on runs of 4 and 15 yards and Lack­awanna Trail had a 24-0 lead at the end of the first quar­ter.

“We are very happy,” Moyle said. “We have worked hard ev­ery week to keep this sea­son mov­ing.”

On the sec­ond play of the sec­ond quar­ter, Ber­rios scooped up a fum­ble and raced 19 yards for a touch­down to push the lead to 31-0 with 11:08 on the clock.

“I grabbed the ball and looked up and all of my guys were block­ing,” Ber­rios said. “That was awe­some.”

Lack­awanna Trail scored again when Ray Mel­nikoff, who had 80 yards rush­ing, capped an 11-play, 71-yard drive to make it 38-0 at the break.

Mel­nikoff had a 15-yard run, Moyle added a 10-yard burst and Ed­wards had an 11-yard run to fuel the march.

The Li­ons opened the sec­ond half with a four-play drive that cov­ered 64 yards as Jef­frey Resto, who also had a 26-yard run on the drive, scored on a 19-yard run to push the lead to 45-0.

Resto had 57 yards rush­ing as the Li­ons fin­ished with 201 yards on 32 car­ries.

Bris­tol (6-5) avoided the shutout when Kay­lum Moore scored on a 47-yard run with 5:05 left in the game.

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