The Coaches: Nanticoke‚??s Ron Bruza (7-12, 3rd year); Trail‚??s Steve Jervis (36-57, 10 year)
Last Meeting: never played
All-Time Series: never played
Quick Fact: Trail won three of its last four in 2011, allowing just 23 points in those games.
Scouting Nanticoke: This will be a key season for Nanticoke as it will be the first time under Bruza that the Trojans have plenty of new faces in the lineup. One holdover is running back Pat Hempel, who was second on the team in rushing in 2011 and had a pair of 100-yard games.
Scouting Trail: The Lions came within a whisker of upsetting Old Forge in last year‚??s District 2 Class A playoffs. But a lot of those guys have departed, leaving Jervis with some holes to fill. One won‚??t be a line spot where Justin Barber will be the best interior guy on the field.
What To Expect: Despite the graduation losses for both teams, Trail seems to have more guys ready to step up than the Trojans. So expect a Lions‚?? victory.
-- John Erzar