By A.J. Nemitz, NEPASportsNation.com Student Journalist
MOSCOW – In Friday night’s game at North Pocono, the West Scranton Invaders had no answers when it came to stopping the Trojans.
The Trojans attack came mostly on the ground where Michael Blaine and Korry Eisley did the bulk of the work in a 48-0 rout in the non-league game between Lackawanna Football Conference teams.
North Pocono starters sat down early, putting up great numbers for only playing in the first half when all the scoring was done.
Blaine scored 3 touchdowns by running 6 times for 91 yards. Eisley finished with 108 yards, along with 2 touchdowns, on 6 carries.
After Will Soma intercepted a Dan Van Dusky pass on the third play of the game, Blaine scored his first touchdown on a 6-yard run.
Riley Moore returned a fumble 22 yards for the next score.
A few minutes later, after a 37-yard reception by Danny Smith, Eisley ran 1-yard for a touchdown.
Then, on North Pocono’s third drive of the game, Blaine finished off the seven-play possession with a 10-yard rushing touchdown to put the Trojans up 28-0.
Blaine capped his scoring for the night with a 49-yard touchdown run to end the first quarter with the Trojans up 34-0.
In the second quarter, after another interception by Soma, Eisley broke loose for a 77-yard touchdown.
Along with the big offensive plays, the Trojans defense held firm.
The North Pocono defense accounted for five turnovers – three interceptions and two fumbles, both of which were returned for touchdowns.
The Trojans held the Invaders to negative 20 rushing yards in the first quarter, along with getting involved in the scoring.
In addition to Moore’s first-quarter fumble return, the scoring ended on Ty LaFave’s 26-yard scoop and score.
North Pocono (6-1) clinched a District 2 Class 3A playoff berth with its fifth straight win and second straight shutout. The Trojans have allowed just two touchdowns, only one by the defense, in the last four games.
West Scranton remained winless through seven games.