Derry Area had no problem disposing of (3-4) Deer Lakes at Trojan Stadium Friday night in a 37-0 dominating performance. Senior Colton Nemcheck blocked and recovered his second punt in the past two games, this time he fell on the ball in the endzone to give Derry a 6-0 lead. Robert Boyer would add the extra point. Next it was Sophomore Paul Koontz with his first career rushing touchdown from 7-yards away giving Derry a 13-0 lead, and with the Alex Simon PAT, Derry led 14-0. That drive began after a Gavin Adams fumble recovery. A bad Deer Lakes snap would lead to a Trojan safety, and midway through quarter one, it was 16-0 in favor of the home team. Derry’s Pryce Donovan then intercepted a pass and gave the Trojans the ball at the Lancers 37. It took three plays as Justin Flack scored his 26th TD of the season on a 32-yard burst, with Boyer adding the PAT, Derry led 23-0 at the 11:54 mark of the second quarter. The final scores of the night would come later in the second quarter. A 68-yard four play drive capped off by an Onreey Stewart five-yard jaunt gave Derry a 30-0 advantage after Simon knocked the PAT through the uprights. The final score came on a great 16-yard catch in the endzone by senior Jason Geary from Koontz, that capped off a seven play 80-yard drive, set up by an interception from Sophomore Matt McDowell. Boyer’s kick was good and the Trojans led 37-0 at the half, and that would be the final score as the mercy rule went into effect in the second half.
Trojans host Burrell in the season finale next Friday night. With a win by eight or more points, combined by a win by North Catholic over Uniontown, the Trojans would be the top team heading into the playoffs out of the Big East Conference.
Derry is now (8-1) overall.