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Nanticoke offense breaks loose

Zach Fox’s running produced 166 yards and 28 points Friday night as Nanticoke won for the second time in three weeks, defeating visiting Montrose, 50-14, in a non-league football game.

The Trojans also turned both of their pass attempts into touchdowns while exceeding their scoring output for the previous six games this season.

Nanticoke (2-5) had scored 42 points in the first six games. After starting 0-4, the Trojans have beaten visiting schools from Susquehanna County twice in the last three weeks.

Montrose had a breakthrough of its own. The Meteors, 0-6 including a pair of forfeit losses when they did not have enough healthy players available to take the field, scored their first points of the season.

Fox gained his yardage in 15 carries that also resulted in 4 touchdowns. He ran for a pair of two-point conversions.

The Trojans opened a 13-0 lead in the first five minutes on a 30-yard touchdown run by Payton Kepp and the first of three short touchdown runs by Fox.

Kepp and Fox were again part of the scoring to make it 27-0 in the first minutes of the second quarter.

This time, Kepp threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Jaylin Collins.

Three of the four touchdowns came when Nanticoke started inside the Montrose 30, including at the 8 after a fake punt attempt failed.

Montrose got its first points of the season when Lance Rought scored on a 9-yard run and freshman Hudson Aukema, who produced more than 100 yards total offense while sharing the quarterback duties, ran for the two-pointer with five seconds left in the half.

Collins caught another touchdown pass, this time a 36-yarder from Seth Raymer and Fox’s third touchdown made it a Mercy Rule game at 43-8 with 5:38 left in the third quarter.

Aukema hit Logan Ayotte with a 73-yard touchdown pass, then Fox broke a 55-yard touchdown run before the teams were scoreless over the final 14 minutes.


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