Lackawanna Trail (1-0) at Hanover Area (1-0)
7 p.m. today
The Coaches: Trail’s Steve Jervis (45-60, 11th year); Hanover Area’s Ron Hummer (35-43, 8th year)
Last Meeting: Trail 51-12 in 2012
All-Time Series: Trail leads 1-0
Quick Fact: Hanover Area surrendered a TD on the opening kickoff for the second consecutive game when the teams played last season.
Scouting Trail: After giving up a long TD run on the second play of the game, Trail clamped down on Nanticoke for a 39-7 victory. The Lions had both phases of offense clicking. RB Cooper Rosiak rushed for 152 yards and RB Jared Phillips fell just short of 100. QB Vic Mallory had a nice debut as the starter, throwing for 183 yards. Take away the long TD run and Trail allowed just 2.9 per carry.
Scouting Hanover Area: The Hawkeyes snapped a 12-game losing streak by defeating Mid Valley 12-7 in their first game. RB Brian Belcher churned out 117 rushing yards. Sophomore QB Jake Peters was pressed into action due to an injury and threw a TD pass. The defense looking nothing like the group that was stampeded last year as it held the Spartans to 94 yards and no touchdowns on offense. Overall, a surprising performance.
What To Expect: Trail is quite a different animal than Mid Valley. But if Hanover Area builds on the confidence from last week, it could make things interesting. The Lions, though, probably will have too much bite for the Hawkeyes.