Ahmad Bouie carries the ball for Wyoming Area in a 48-0 win over Hanover last Saturday.photo by BILL TARUTIS
Wyoming Area quarterback Nick O’Brien takes the snap from center Jake Smith during the Warriors win over Hanover Area last Saturday night.photos by BILL TARUTIS
Warriors wide receiver Cody Schmitz carries the ball against Hanover Area.
The Warriors from blew by Hanover Area 48-0 on a Saturdaynight, September 24 on the road at Hawkeye Stadium in Hanover Twp.
Wyoming Area dominated the line of scrimmage as Nick O’Brien rushed for 137 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries, while the Warriors defense forced four turnovers and won the battles at the line of scrimmage all night en route to a 48-0 drubbing of the Hawkeyes.
“We have athletes and we have skilled kids," Wyoming Area coach Randy Spencer said. "But Nick O’Brien definitely makes all of that go.
"It’s nice to have the versatility with Nick when you have a player who can potentially have his hands on the ball every snap."
O’Brien got Wyoming Area out to a quick start, bursting through the line on a quarterback keeper, then out-running Parrish Bennett, one of the fastest players in the Wyoming Valley Conference, for a 44-yard touchdown on the Warriors fourth offensive play of the game at the 10:07 mark of the first quarter.
From there, Wyoming Area never looked back.
The second quarter started just how the first did when O’Brien took the snap, juked to his right and turned on the burners as he raced down the sideline before diving into the endzone just nine seconds into the second period.
With a 14-0 lead into the second quarter, the Wyoming Area defense created their first turnover of the game. Bennett took the handoff and was hit by a defender forcing a fumble which the Warriors pounced on at the Hanover 14-yard line
The offense quickly rewarded the defense.
Matt Kintz ripped off a hard 13-yard run to the one, then O’Brien scored his second touchdown in less than a minute when he rolled left, ran into his running back, and bounced into the endzone at the 10:59 mark. The two-point attempt was no good but Wyoming Area had a 20-0 lead early in the second quarter.
The Warrior defense held the Hawkeyes to a three-and-out and the offense went 46-yards in 3:07 capped off with a little trickery when Cody Schmitz took the handoff on the reverse and used a block from O’Brien to easily get in from 10-yards out.
On the second play of Hanover Area’s next possession, EJ Driving Hawk saw the Hawkeyes quarterback fumble the exchange from center and dove on the ball giving the Warriors great field position.
After an incomplete pass, Jeff Skursky rumbled 17 yards to the Hawkeye 5-yard line and on the next play he powered through a hole in the line for the score at the 4:04 mark of the second half. The score put the Warriors in a dominating position holding a 34-0 lead.
The defense was able to hold the explosive Bennett to just 41 yards and hold the team to only 27 yards of total offense in the first half by using a stiff run defense and an explosive pass rush that accounted for four sacks and multiple quarterback hurries.
While the defense was tying down the Hawkeyes, the offense was running loose to the tune of 238 yards.
The second half proved to be no different for both the Warriors and the Hawkeyes.
The Warriors Justin Langdon came up with an interception on the Hawkeyes first drive of the half. The offense then used an 11-play, six-minute drive to push the lead to 41-0 when Jordan Zezza pitched the ball to O’Brien who was lined up at tailback. Zezza then ran a wheel route and when the defense collapsed on O’Brien, he lofted an easy pass back to Zezza who was wide open for the score.
WA’s defense held the Hanover Area offense to another three-and-out, and after a shanked punt, the Warriors had the ball on the 19-yard line of the Hawkeyes.
Kintz started the drive with a bruising 18-yard run to the one yard-line and four plays later, Zezza bootlegged left into the endzone extending the lead to 48-0.
“The game was going to be the two lines," said Spencer. "Hanover Area has outstanding size and great measurables, but our kids up front did a hell of a job. Offensively, (Joe) Erzar, Driving Hawk, (Jacob) Smith, (Nick) Bartoli, (Carl) Zielinski and our tight end Trent Grove did a great job playing toe-to-toe.
“That three yards makes all the difference in a football game and they did a great job handling that tonight."