Lackawanna Trail at Nanticoke
7 p.m. today
The Coaches: Trail’s Steve Jervis (44-60, 11th year); Nanticoke’s Ron Bruza (11-18, 4th year)
Last Meeting: Trail 34-8 in 2012
All-Time Series: Trail leads 1-0
Quick Fact: Nanticoke had 118 yards of total offense in last year’s meeting.
Scouting Trail: If Jervis and the Wing-T offense sound familiar, it should. Jervis ran it in his six years at Tunkhannock. He has found success with it at Trail, which is coming off an 8-3 season. The Lions, though, haven’t been able to match the success that led to seven D2-A titles from 1999-2007. While a solid team, there are many new starters aboard.
Scouting Nanticoke: The Trojans return 19 starters from a team that was 4-6 in 2012. Among them is RB Pat Hempel, an underrated playmaker and exciting kick returner. In order to reach .500 this season, Nanticoke is going to have to bump off a quality team. It was 0-6 against playoff –bound teams in 2012.
What To Expect: If the Trojans are to avenge any of their six losses this season, this game seems the likeliest. Trail isn’t expected to be as strong this year. The Lions, though, should be strong enough to exit with a victory.