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Playmakers lead Warriors to victory

O’Brien, Bouie combine for 271 yards rushing, four TDs

Pictured above, Joe Adonizio is lifted by teammate Ahmad Bouie after his touchdown catch in Wyoming Area’s win over Nanticoke on Friday night. Below left, Warriors QB Nick O’Brien sprints upfield during one of his two touchdown runs. Below right, Zak LaNunziata breaks a tackle.

photos by Charlotte Bartizek

Playmaking is the best word to describe the Wyoming Area football team. And once again, the Warriors used their playmaking abilities to rip off huge plays and score in quick fashion as they dominated both ends of the field in a 48-6 win over Nanticoke Area on Homecoming Night, Friday at Jake Sobieski Stadium in West Pittston.

Mr. Everything, Nick O’Brien, ran for 115 yards on six carries, two of them for scores, and also went 7-for-7 through the air for 156 yards and two more touchdowns. Backfield teammate Ahmad Bouie accounted for three scores on 149 yards of total offense to give Wyoming Area a 1-2 punch against the Trojans.

“The bottom line is that (Nick) is the leader and he’s the guy that starts it all,” said Head Coach Randy Spencer. “It starts and ends with him.

“(Ahmad) is an explosive player. He’s got speed. He’s also a strong runner. He has the ability and the skills to be a breakout guy, a big-play guy. It was great to see Ahmad Bouie have the kind of night he had tonight.”

After forcing a quick three-and-out, O’Brien used one play and 16 seconds to give the Warriors a quick lead.

The junior took the snap, rolled to his right and got himself to the edge of the defense. It was goodbye from there as he turned on the burners and went 77 yards to paydirt. Freshman AJ Lenkaitis booted the first of six extra-points on the night for the 7-0 lead.

Wyoming Area’s defense forced another punt and the Warriors offense strung together a long drive for their standards before O’Brien hit a wide open Bouie for the 39-yard touchdown on the fourth play of the possession to give the team a 14-0 lead less than seven minutes into the game.

Another three-and-out for the Trojans set up another four-play scoring drive for the Warriors as O’Brien threw the fade to the corner to Joe Adonizio, who despite being interfered with, went over the defender to snag the ball out of the air for the third touchdown of the quarter and a 21-0 lead.

The second quarter started with Nanticoke putting together a 12-play drive before the defense came up with yet another big play. With the ball at the 11-yard line, the handoff went to the Trojan tailback who was promptly tagged by Jake Smith, forcing the fumble, and O’Brien was there to pounce on it giving the ball back to the Warriors.

The Warriors took over on their own 12, and on the third play O’Brien hit tight end Trent Grove for 35 yards. WA moved the ball down the field before being held at the Nanticoke 12 before the Trojans finally stopped the Green Machine.

However, after a big sack by Zak LaNunziata for a loss of eight, Cody Schmitz came up with an interception giving the dangerous Warriors offense the ball back with 1:37 left in the half.

O’Brien hit Bouie for 11 yards to the Trojan 26, and after a false start penalty pushed the Warriors back to the 31, O’Brien took the snap and moved to his left, got to the edge and went 31-yards untouched, splitting defenders en route to his second rushing score of the day to give the Green and Gold a 28-0 lead with 51 seconds left in the half.

Wyoming Area (3-1) received the ball after halftime and once again used only four plays to add to its lead when O’Brien handed the ball to Justin Langdon on the sweep right. Langdon then handed the ball to Bouie who was coming around for the reverse and went 41 yards for the score, bumping the lead to 35-0.

Then after a Nanticoke Td made it 35-6 with 3:13 left in the third quarter, the Warriors jumped on the onside kick attempt giving them the ball at their 45-yard line. On the first play, Bouie ran into a pile of defenders and somehow a few seconds later burst through the other side and out ran everyone to the endzone for a 41-6 lead.

After Jordan Zezza picked off another Nanticoke pass, he made a play on the offensive side of the ball when he dropped back and took a big hit before delivering a perfectly thrown ball to Schmitz who made the catch and out ran his defender to the endzone for a 90-yard touchdown giving the Warriors a 48-6 lead.

“You’ve got to give the kids credit,” Spencer said. “They’ve done a great job especially in the climate and environment you’re well aware of these past three weeks. It was very important for us in this setting, our Homecoming.”

“Its great,” added O’Brien about finally getting to ring the Victory Bell in the north endzone of the Warriors home field. “Obviously it was great, it was Homecoming, it was huge.”

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