FACTORYVILLE -- Lackawanna Trail struck quickly and rolled to a 51-12 win over Hanover Area in a non-league football game at Lions Pride Stadium.
Jeremy Greenley returned the opening kickoff 75 yards to give Lackawanna Trail a 7-0 lead just 18 seconds into the game.
‚??I saw a big hole‚?Ľbut I ran into one of my blockers and had to bounce to the outside,‚?Ě Greenley said. ‚??I got a killer block that really helped. If it wasn‚??t for that, I wouldn‚??t have been able to score.‚?Ě
After forcing a three-and-out, the Lions put together a 16-play, 77-yard drive that was capped by a 4-yard touchdown run by Greenley for a 13-0 Lackawanna Trail lead.
The senior praised the play of his blockers.
‚??The offensive line really stepped it up,‚?Ě Greenley said. ‚??We have a young offensive line, but there are really stepping up when they are needed and that‚??s what really counts.‚?Ě
The Lions three-back rotation of Greenley, Pete Murazzi and Jonathon Zedar combined to rush for 315 yards and four touchdowns.
‚??We‚??re fortunate to have three or four really good backs,‚?Ě Lackawanna Trail coach Steve Jervis said. ‚??It‚??s difficult to key on just one and they are all explosive. At any point in time, one of them can take it the distance.‚?Ě
Quarterback Zack Goodrich connected with Zedar for a 15-yard touchdown on the Lions‚?? next possession, and Lackwanna Trail (2-0) led 20-0.
Greenley scored his third touchdown of the game on an 8-yard run to cap a four-play 90-yard drive. The key place of the possession was a 55-yard run by Murazzi.
Zedar ran 23 yards for a touchdown after James Owens recovered a fumble by Ya‚??Sir Jones at the Hawkeyes 35-yard line. After Murazzi‚??s extra point, Lackawanna Trail led 33-0.
Murazzi added a 33-yard field goal as time expired in the first half to give the Lions a 36-0 advantage.
Hanover Area (0-2) finally got on the scoreboard when quarterback Casey O‚??Mack scrambled for a 25-yard touchdown to cut the Lions‚?? lead to 36-6 early in the third quarter.
On the ensuing drive, Lackawanna Trail scored on its seventh consecutive drive to start the game. Murazzi scored on a 2-yard run to end a nine-play 55-yard drive.
Hanover Area recovered a fumble by Lackawanna Trail‚??s Bryan Tuft, and scored nine plays later on a 1-yard quarterback keeper by O‚?? Mack with just over six minutes left in the fourth quarter. Despite giving up two scores, the Lions held the Hawkeyes to just 139 yards of total offense.
‚??Defensively, it all starts up front,‚?Ě Jervis said. ‚??We graduated three kids last year and the kids we have playing on the defensive line right now are doing a real nice job controlling the line of scrimmage.‚?Ě
Cooper Rosiak finished the Lions‚?? scoring with a 4-yard touchdown run with under two minutes left in the game.
Hanover Area head coach Ron Hummer is hopeful the Hawkeyes will be able to improve as the season progresses.
LT ‚?? Jeremy Greenley 75 yard kickoff return (Murazzi kick), 11:42
LT ‚?? 4 yard run (Murazzi kick no good), 1:35
LT ‚?? Zach Goodrich 15 yard pass to Jonathon Zedar (Murazzi kick good), 9:16
LT ‚?? Greenley 8 yard run (Murazzi kick no good), 5:47
LT ‚?? Zedar 23 yard run (Murazzi kick good), 3:22
LT ‚?? Murazzi 33 yard FG, 0:00
HA ‚?? Casey O‚??Mack 25 yard run (Matt Clemons kick no good), 9:06
LT ‚?? Murazzi 2 yard run (Murazzi kick good), 3:52
HA ‚?? O‚??Mack 1 yard run (2 pt. conv. no good), 6:18
LT ‚?? Cooper Rosiak 4 yard run ((Zedar to Greenley), 1:57
RUSHING ‚?? LT: Pete Murazzi 15-131-1, Jonathon Zedar 6-93-1, Jeremy Greenly 11-91-2, Cooper Rosiak 5-56-1, Josh Brown 2-2, Zack Goodrich 1-1, Bryan Tuft 2-(-2); HA: Brian Belcher 16-51, Dillon Ropietski 4-30, Casey O‚??Mack 2-25-2, Isaiah Taylor 1-12, Khalil Lewis 2-9, Bradley George 1-9, Ian Murphy 1-5, Ya‚??Sir Jones 3-(-11)
PASSING ‚?? LT: Zach Goodrich 4-5-33-1TD-0INT, Vic Mallory 0-2-0-0TD-0INT; HAN: Casey O‚??Mack 1-6-9-0-0
RECEIVING ‚?? LT: Liam Dougherty 3-18, Jonathon Zedar 1-15-1; HAN: Chuckie Schmoll 1-9
INTS ‚?? None
MISSED FGS ‚?? LT: 3, HAN: 0