HANOVER TWP. — Hanover Area and Lackawanna Trail went toe-to-toe for most of Friday night’s game.
Except for the the third quarter. Trail outscored the Hawks by 20 points in the third to blow open the close game and cruise to a 54-40 victory to spoil Hanover Area’s home opener.
The teams went back and forth in the first half with Hanover Area (1-1) taking a 7-0 lead on the first play of its second drive when on a 60-yard TD run by Brian Belcher, who had to leave the game later in the first half with an injury.
Trail (2-0) scored on its next three possessions to open a 20-7 lead at the 9:55 mark of the second quarter. But the Hawks weren’t going down without a fight. They stole momentum away from the Lions and started rolling.
The kick after the third LT score was returned 91 yards by Isaiah Taylor for a touchdown to trim the lead to 20-14. Hanover Area’s kick was then fumbled by Trail and recovered by the home team. Four plays later, Hanover Area equaled the score at 20-20.
The Hanover Area defense stuffed Trail on the next possession setting up another score by the Hawks’ offense as Taylor capped the next drive with a 5-yard scoring run to put Hanover in front 26-20 with 3:32 left in the first half.
On the night, Taylor filled in for Belcher (78 yards, 1TD) rushing for 36 yards and a touchdown, in addition to his long kick return.
“Taylor’s a very good athlete,” Hawks coach Ron Hummer said. “Especially on special teams. When he gets a chance with an open field he takes advantage.”
The Trail high-powered offense was yet to get going though and it started to click after Taylor’s run scoring 34 straight points starting with two scores in the final 2:08 of the first half and tacking on three more touchdowns in the third quarter to open up a 54-26 lead with 4:54 left in the third quarter.
“In the second half I think we did a much better job on the defensive line,” Trail coach Steve Jervis said. “And I think our offensive line did a good job controlling the tempo in the third quarter.”
Lackawanna Trail 54, Hanover Area 40
HAN — Brian Belcher 60 run (Tom Wolsieffer kick) 8:42
LT — Matt Harris 21 pass from Vic Mallory (kick failed) 5:17
LT — Jonathon Zedar 10 run (Zedar run) 2:12
LT —Mallory 1 run (kick failed) 9:55
HAN — Isaiah Taylor 91 kick return (Wolsieffer kick) 9:41
HAN — Mike Kremenic 24 run (kick failed) 7:01
HAN — Taylor 5 run (kick blocked) 3:32
LT — Zedar 43 pass from Mallory (Phillips pass from Zedar) 2:08
LT — Zedar 12 pass from Mallory (pass failed) :06
LT — Zedar 3 run (kick failed) 9:28
LT — Phillips 3 run (Mike Kearney kick) 7:21
LT — Zedar 41 run (Kearney kick) 4:54
HAN — Elido Veras 24 pass from Jake Peters (kick failed) 9:43
HAN — Stephen Morgan 20 pass from Peters (Taylor run) :46
RUSHING — LT, Vic Mallory 6-(minus-1), Cooper Rosiak 16-92, Jonathon Zedar 8-78, Jared Phillips 15-12, Josh Brown 1-0, Bryan Tuft 1-(minus-2), Rocco Pacini 1-(minus-5). HAN, Brian Belcher 5-78, Isaiah Taylor 11-36, Elido Veras 1-(minus-1), Mike Kremenic 4-43, Khalil Lewis 1-2, Jake Peters 2-(minus-12).
PASSING — LT, Mallory 9-11-0-168. HAN, Peters 7-17-1-166.
RECEIVING — LT, Matt Harris 2-35, Rosiak 1-11, Zedar 3-67, Ross Faquier 3-56. HAN, D.J. Linker 1-14, Veras 3-48, Stephen Morgan 3-104.
INTERCEPTIONS — LT, Hunter Crook. HAN none.
MISSED FGs — none