WEST PITTSTON – It seemed like they were waiting forever to get their hands on the football.
But once the Wyoming Area Warriors did, they rapidly made up for lost time.
Quarterback Nick O'Brien raced for three touchdowns within eight minutes during the second quarter, added a fourth scoring run in the second half Friday and Wyoming Area hammered Hanover Area, 43-8 at Jake Sobieski Stadium.
The outburst came after Hanover Area chewed nearly 10 minutes off the clock on a game-opening drive that covered 65 yards but ended without points at Wyoming Area's 10-yard line.
"It was a tough first quarter," said O'Brien, who finished with 193 rushing yards on seven carries.
"They're a good, young team," O'Brien continued about the Hawkeyes. "They'll have some good years to come."
But O'Brien and his Wyoming Area teammates came back at the Hawkeyes fast.
O'Brien began the scoring with an electric 59-yard touchdown scamper 8:36 before halftime, then added a 46-yard touchdown run a little more than two minutes later.
"He's one of those premier players," Wyoming Area coach Randy Spencer said. "He's got that ability to do those things.
Warriors fans were treated to another "O'Brien Special" when he found Jordan Zezza streaking down the right sideline with a 74-yard bomb, setting up O'Brien's six-yard touchdown romp that put Wyoming Area up 29-0 heading into halftime.
"Every time I touch the ball, I want to score," O'Brien said. "That's anyone's mentality."
He very nearly turned it into reality Friday.
Wyoming Area 43,
Hanover Area 8
WA – Nick O'Brien 59 run (kick failed), 8:36
WA – O'Brien 46 run (Jordan Zezza pass from O'Brien), 6:28
WA – Cody Schmitz 62 punt return (Trent Grove pass from O'Brien), 4:17
WA – O'Brien 6 run (A.J. Lenkaitis kick), 0:42
WA – O'Brien 66 run (Lenkaitis kick), 10:29
WA – Zak LaNunziata 5 run (Lenkaitis kick), 5:52
HA – Dillon Ropietski 2 run (Ya Sir Jones run), 0:46
|Team Statistics||Hanover||Wyo Area|
RUSHING – HAN, Dillon Ropietski 11-84, Brian Belcher 15-35, Casey O'Mack 4-18, Brandyn Cole 4-3, Ian Murphy 1- (minus 2), Isaiah Taylor 1- (minus 9); WA, Nick O'Brien 7-193, Zak LaNunziata 8-38, Cody Schmitz 2-22, Isaiah Peoples 5-20, Robert Wargo 3-10, Kyle Borton 1-1, TEAM 1- (minus 1).
PASSING – HAN, O'Mack 5-7-1, 74; WA, O'Brien 1-3-0, 74, Borton 0-2-0.
RECEIVING – HAN, Stephen Morgan 2-38, Chuckie Schmoil 1-20, Antonio Costantino 1-9, Taylor 1-7; WA, Jordan Zezza 1-74.
INTS – WA, Schmitz.