NANTICOKE — When you win by 48, you expect to talk about how great the offense was.
The offense was for Nanticoke, but the defense stole the show.
The Trojans allowed 112 total yards, including a terrific goalline stand, in a 48-0 rout of Columbia-Montour Vo-Tech on Friday night in a non-league matchup.
The Trojans (1-1) allowed 24 or fewer yards in three of the four quarters against the Rams. They didn’t have a sack, but they made eight of their 42 tackles in the Vo-Tech backfield. Derek Fisher led the way, getting in on three tackles for loss. Michael Rosario-Clark, Tyler Hanna, Alec Norton, Ron Kotz, Blake Balderamma, Kyle Gavrish and Mitchell Romanowski were all in on tackles that sent the Rams (0-2) in the wrong direction.
“We went back to basics this week,” Bruza said. “We took out instead of adding to the defense and they played exceptional tonight.”
The defense set up one score, as linebacker Norton stepped in front of a crossing pattern to give the Trojans the ball at the Vo-Tech 42. Two plays later, J.T. Levandowski hit Jordan Williams on a corner route for a 29-0 lead two minutes into the second quarter.
Closing the half, Vo-Tech tried one last snap from the Trojans’ 32 and threw for the end zone. Pat Hempel was there to pull the ball down at the 1, then weaved his way through traffic and sprung free for a 99-yard interception return. Nanticoke was up 48-0 at the break.
With the game decided, the Nanticoke defense remained a wall. Vo-Tech took over at the Nanticoke 1 in the third quarter after Colt Longenberger recovered a fumble. A Dylan Larkin sneak was stuffed for no gain, a Chris Zanolini run was snuffed out in the backfield by Balderamma, a pass went incomplete and, on fourth down from the 3, Zanolini was hit for a 5-yard loss by Gavrish.
“Extremely,” was the only response from Rams coach Mark Varner when asked how disappointed he was with not scoring from the 1.
The Rams, with just five seniors and 10 juniors on their roster, were no match for the size and speed of Nanticoke. Balderamma scored on a 70-yard run and Levandowski was untouched on a 28-yard bootleg in the first quarter.
Nanticoke 48, Vo-Tech 0
N — Blake Balderramma 70 run (Balderramma run), 6:54
N — J.T. Levandowski 28 run (Alec Norton kick), 2:34
N — Pat Hempel 76 pass from Levandowski (Norton kick), 11:47
N — Jordan Williams 30 pass from Levandowski (Norton kick), 9:53
N — Hempel 0 fumble recovery in end zone (kick failed), 5:09
N — Tyler Myers 53 pass from Levandowski (Cory Hughes kick), :54
N — Hempel 99 interception return (kick failed), :00
RUSHING — VT, Chris Zanolini 25-69, Nicholas Williamoski 5-23, Nick Kocan 6-10, Dylan Larkin 1-0; NAN, Blake Balderramma 8-85, Ron Kotz 7-69, Pat Hempel 2-51, Alex Norton 3-29, J.T. Levandowski 2-22, Tyler Hanna 1-(-1), Tom Day 2-(-4), Mick Littzi 2-(-5), Team 3-0.
PASSING — VT, Larkin 5-18-2-10; NAN, 3-4-0-159, Day 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING — VT, Kocan 3-5, Colton Appleman 2-5; NAN, Hempel 1-76, Tyler Myers 1-53, Jordan Williams 1-30.
INTERCEPTIONS — NAN, Norton 1-0, Hempel 1-99.
MISSED FGs — None.