Lackawanna Trail punches ticket to states
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.