No letdown for Warwick vs. Lebanon
LITITZ - Bob Locker had visions of a letdown when his Warwick team took the field against Lebanon on Friday night. The Warriors suffered a narrow loss to Wilson last Friday and he wondered how it might affect his team.
He need not have worried.
Warwick scored on all four first-half possessions to build a 27-0 lead and pushed the game into the mercy rule at the start of the fourth quarter on the way to a 55-14 victory over the Cedars in Lititz.
Warwick quarterback Tyler Trimarchi ran for a pair of touchdowns and threw for another. Running back Ryan Long also scored a pair of touchdowns for the Warriors (1-1 Section One, 3-2 overall) while the Warwick defense held the Cedars (0-2, 1-4) to 127 first-half yards.
"Our defense did a nice job until the last drive of the first half (Lebanon scored on that drive),'' Locker said. "Our defense gave us good field position and shut down their quarterback (Zakee Sailsman).
"Offensively, we spread things around and did a good job of establishing the run and that led to some things we could do passing the ball.''
Trimarchi scrambled for Warwick's first TD, going 10 yards for the score. Another Trimarchi scramble put the Warriors at the 1 and Long scored on a dive from there for a 13-0 (Lebanon blocked the PAT) lead.
Isaac Rissinger gave Warwick a 20-0 lead and Trimarchi went over from the 1, crossing the goal line before he lost the ball, for a 27-0 Warwick lead.
Sailsman hit Shaquell Ortiz with a two-yard fade to give the Cedars a TD nine seconds before the end of the half.
Warwick converted interceptions by Hayden Rucci and Jordan Cruz into touchdowns in the second half to take a 41-6 lead.
Star of the game: Trimarchi had a strong game, with 11-93 rushing and 8-13-0 for 128 yards passing. Sailsman was also good, rushing for 123 yards on 19 carries and going 19 for 27 with two picks for 155 yards passing.
Key statistic: Warwick rushed for 256 yards on 39 carries.
Quotable: Locker, talking about Trimarchi: "He extends plays, makes things happen and throws well on the run. He's a playmaker.''
Locker, on overcoming a letdown vs. Lebanon: "The staff was convinced the players would be ready to go and would perform and they were right.''
Up next: The Cedars stay on the road to play Conestoga Valley Friday. After a four-game homestand, the Warriors travel to Hempfield.
Warwick 55, Lebanon 14
Lebanon _ 0 _ 6 _ 0 _ 8 _ — _ 14
Warwick _ 13 _ 14 _ 14 _ 14 _ — _ 55
W — T. Trimarchi 10 run (W. Mobley)
W — R. Long 1 run (kick blocked)
W — I. Rissinger 2 run (Mobley kick)
W — Trimarchi 1 run (Mobley kick)
L — S. Ortiz 2 pass from Z. Sailsman (kick blocked)
W — C. Forney 20 pass from Trimarchi (Mobley kick)
W — Long 1 run (Mobley kick)
L — J. Beckley 16 pass from Sailsman (L. Aquino-Rios pass from Sailsman)
W — J. Cruz 47 pass from T. Lentz (Mobley kick)
W — A. Ricketts 2 run (Mobley kick)
_ Leb _ War
First downs _ 17 _ 23
Rushes-yards _ 27-144 _ 39-256
Passing _ 20-30-2 _ 9-14-0
Passing yards _ 179 _ 175
Total yards _ 323 _431
Punts _ 4-24.7 _ 0-0
Fumbles-lost _ 1-0 _ 0-0
Penalties-yards _ 8-61 _ 4-35