NANTICOKE — Nanticoke captured the Eastern Conference Class 3A Championship in a routing of Holy Redeemer, 58-12, Friday night.
The Trojans got a stellar performance on both sides of the ball, especially from their defensive and offensive lines that helped their running backs rush for seven touchdowns.
Nanticoke (5-5) previously met with Holy Redeemer (2-8) during Week 9 of the regular season. In the meeting, Nanticoke beat Redeemer 57-14.
In the first quarter, the Trojans and Royals were locked in a defensive battle with the Royals allowing a 2-yard touchdown run to Joe Ammons.
The Royals got on the board after cornerback Colin Conway intercepted quarterback Colby Butczynski and ran the ball back 25 yards for a touchdown.
With the Trojans backfield of Ammons and Dawson Hughes, Nanticoke combined for five touchdowns totaling 154 yards.
Nanticoke led 36-6 at halftime, with four rushing touchdowns totaling 205 yards. The defense only allowed Redeemer to muster up 14 yards of total offense.
The Trojans received the ball to start the second half after the Royals opted to receive at the start of the game. Colby Butczynski handed the ball off to Dawson Hughes for a 31-yard touchdown to put the Trojans up 43-6.
Seconds before the 3rd quarter ended Nanticoke assistant coach Harry Gulich was ejected from the game after receiving two back-to-back unsportsmanlike conduct penalty markers.
The Royals would be completely shut out on offense in the 3rd quarter.
Just 50 seconds into the 4th quarter Butczynski found receiver Darren Boseman streaking across the field on a slant route for an 86-yard touchdown reception.
The Royals anemic offense came to life in their last offensive series when quarterback JD Turosky connected with wide out Jared Piontkowski in the corner of the end zone for a 15-yard touchdown. Holy Redeemer would have their point after attempt blocked by Nanticoke.
Ammons had 16 rushes for 231 yards and three touchdowns.