SOUTH CENTRE TWP. -- After a disappointing effort against Lackawanna Trail last week, Nanticoke's defense made sure the results would be much different this week. The Trojans registered seven quarterback sacks and allowed just 109 total yards in a 36-0 shutout of Columbia-Montour Vo-Tech.
"They played well," Nanticoke coach Ron Bruza said of his defense. "We prepared well. We had a tough loss last week with some mental mistakes and big plays that hurt us. So we tried to eliminate them. We played very well, and I'm happy with our performance up front. Our defense just executed."
After picking up just one first down on its opening drive, the Trjoans offense would come to life. Nanticoke would score on its next three possessions, and its defense and special teams would also put points on the board.
Quarterback J.T. Levanadowski got things started when he scored on a 5-yard run with 4:49 left in the opening period. Nanticoke put the game away in the second quarter with a huge 24-point outburst that was started by their defense with a safety.
On the ensuing free kick, Pat Hempel fielded the ball at his 26 and was off to the races. The junior running back scored on a 74-yard touchdown return, making it 14-0.
"He's a threat," Bruza said of Hempel. "We've worked really hard on our special teams, and as you could see (on Saturday) it showed."
Columbia-Montour Vo-Tech (0-2) would fail to mount any serious scoring threats until late in the game. The Nanticoke defense pressured quarterback Dylan Larkin all afternoon, and the Rams were held to 59 yards rushing on 38 attempts.
Nanticoke (1-1) continued to build the lead before halftime. Hempel would hit pay dirt on a 49-yard scoring run that finished off a short, two-play scoring drive. Three minutes later, Levanadowski, on a fourth-and-2 play, would break through the Rams' defense on a quarterback sneak that resulted in a 60-yard touchdown.
As an off-and-on heavy rain fell and winds gusted in the second half, the game got a bit sloppy. But Nanticoke found the end zone one more time midway through the fourth quarter when Maurice Wood scored on a 1-yard run.
NAN – J.T. Levenadowski 5 run (run failed), 4:49
NAN – Team safety
NAN – Pat Hempel 74 free kick return (run failed) 10:56
NAN – Hempel 49 run (Brandon Meck run), 7:48
NAN – Levandowski 60 run (Hempel run), 1:39
NAN – Maurice Wood 1 run (run failed), 5:16
RUSHING – NAN, Pat Hempel 13-92, J.T. Levenadowski 8-63, Blake Balderrama 4-27, Brandon Meck 3-13, Maurice Wood 5-12, Ron Kotz 2-9, Mike Coalatosti 4-4, Team 1-(-1); CMVT, Bobby Christiansen 14-32, Tylere Temple 4-30, Nick Kocan 3-16, Bobby Schechterly 1-10, Connor Johnson 2-0, Team 1-(-12), Dylan Larkin 13-(-17).
PASSING – NAN, Levenadowski 2-5-0-25; CMVT, Larkin 3-15-0-50.
RECEIVING – NAN, Nate Siese 1-15, Kyle Garvish 1-10; CMVT, Colton Appleman 3-50.