LEHMAN TWP. – Lake-Lehman's rushing arsenal was too powerful for Nanticoke as the Black Knights piled up 345 yards on the ground en route to a 46-14 victory on Friday night.
Dustin Jones ran for 131 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries and Brady Butler added 89 yards on seven carries and a pair of touchdowns to lead Lake-Lehman.
In what was a battle for field position early, the Black Knights got on the board first courtesy of a 15-yard Jones run up the middle to cap a four-play, 38-yard drive with 3:38 remaining in the first quarter.
Lake-Lehman continued to manage the clock in the second quarter, driving into Nanticoke territory behind a 37-yard run by Jones. The drive was capped by a 7-yard Kody Pachomovich reception from quarterback Bill Hillman with 5:45 remaining in the half.
After a 32-yard field goal by Kenny Kocher put Lake Lehman ahead 17-0 with 23 seconds left in the half, the ensuing kickoff was returned 85 yards down the right sideline for a Trojan touchdown by Pat Hempel. Lake-Lehman led 17-7 at halftime.
With the ball to start the second half, Lake-Lehman's running game responded.
It's really about ball control, Lake-Lehman head coach Jerry Gilsky said. We try to keep the ball in our hands as much as we can. Our line did a heck of a job with our adjustments at halftime.
When the ball wasn't in the Black Knights' hands, the defense clamped down, limiting the Trojans offense to 132 yards total, including 51 rushing yards, and forced 8 punts.
Our defense against the running game is top notch, Gilsky said. One thing we can improve on is our pass defense but I can't complain. Defensively I like my team.
The Black Knights executed their run game coming out of the locker room in the third quarter as Brady Butler burst to the outside for a 27-yard run with 4:58 left in the quarter to cap a six-play, 70 yard drive. Four minutes later, Butler spun away from tackles for a 28-yard touchdown that put the Black Knights ahead 38-7 with 50 seconds remaining in the third, capping a 76-yard drive.
It's nice when you have a 240-pound full back in Jones and a 210-pound tailback in Butler, Gilsky said with a laugh. They're so effective with their low centers of gravity. I have two meatballs in the backfield.
LL – Dustin Jones 15 run (Kenny Kocher kick), 3:38
LL – Kody Pachomovich 7 pass from Bill Hillman (Kocher kick), 5:45
LL – Kenny Kocher kick, 0:23
NAN – Pat Hempel 85 kickoff return (Alec Norton kick), 0:10
LL – Brady Butler 27 run (Kocher kick), 4:58
LL – Butler 28 run (Kocher kick), 0:50
LL – John VanScoy 3 run (Kocher kick), 10:35
NAN – Hempel 5 run (Norton kick), 9:16
LL – VanScoy 20 run (Pachomovich from Antonio Ferrari), 6:21
LL, Brady Butler 7-89, Dustin Jones 23-131, Tom Dnovan 2-2, John VanScoy 8-66, Josh Sayre 2-13, Bobby Wright 3-22, Bill Hiullman 2-9, Jimmy Stauart 2-11, Brent Hinzy 1-2; NAN, Maurice Wood 1-(-3), Pat Hempel 4-11, Ron Kotz 11-20, Blake Balderrama 3-2, JT Levandowski 6-13, Brad Yanus 1-5, Tyler Myers 2-3, Alec Norton 1-0
LL, Bill Hillman 5-10-0-74, Antonio Ferrari 0-1-0-0; NAN, J.T. Levandowski 4-9-1-81, Tyler Myers 0-2-0-0
LL, Tom Donovan 1-0, Kody Pachomovich 12-27, John VanScoy 1-41, Brady Butler 1-6; NAN, Pat Hempel, Kyle Garvish 2-66
INTS – LL, Tom Donovan