Bittersweet first WVC win for the Trojans
BY JOSEPH GIOMBONI - CORRESPONDENT
With Nanticoke Area leading 24-19 late in the fourth
quarter, Lake-Lehman quarterback Nathan Volkel led his team 45-yards
down to the Trojans 33-yard line. On first down, pressure forced the
quarterback to scramble out of the pocket. Volkel tried to juke a
defender but, before he could be tackled, the wet field gave out from
The ball came loose and Nanticoke Area recovered
to preserve the victory over Lake-Lehman on a miserable night in Nanticoke.
Volkel was seriously injured on the play. An ambulance carted the
sophomore off the field and the game was stopped with 1:24 left on
Volkel finished the game 12 of 24 passing for
120 yards and a touchdown; he also ran for 42 yards and a touchdown.
This is my first Wyoming Valley Conference
win, but it doesnt feel like a win, said Nanticoke coach
Bob Colatosti. The kids arent celebrating like they should.
We feel terrible about what happened. We didnt cheer because
the kid was hurt. We didnt even know what happened until after
the play. We were celebrating because we recovered the fumble and
won the game.
Lehman scored 19 unanswered points to take
a 19-12 lead in the third quarter.
But, Colastosti started feeding senior tailback
Jordan Lynch the football. Lynch, who missed the first five weeks
of the season with a ruptured spleen, ran for 80 yards and two fourth-quarter
touchdowns to give the Trojans their second win overall.
After swapping a number of punts to open the
game, Volkel scrambled after a shotgun snap sailed over his head and
recovered on his own 2. Nanticoke capitalized on the field position,
scoring on the second play of the drive, a 26-yard deep post from
Kevin Schinski to Joel Fetterman. The extra point failed, but the
Trojans still led 6-0 with 3:14 left in the first quarter.
Nanticoke followed the score with an onside
kick and recovered at the Lake Lehman 49-yard line. The Trojans pounded
the ground game on an 11-play drive, capped by a 1-yard touchdown
run by Josh Mitkowski to put NA up 12-0.
Lake Lehman was forced to a quick three and
out, and just when the game looked like it was going to turn into
a romp, Golden Knights sophomore defensive tackle Brett Steele pressured
Schinski into a bad pass and Derek Shurmanek jumped the crossing route,
returning an interception 55-yards for a touchdown.
Lake Lehmans momentum continued to build
as the defense forced the Trojans to turn the ball over on downs on
Lake Lehman 34 with 2:57 left in the half. Helped by a pair of 15-yard
penalties, Volkel ran the two-minute drill to perfection, marching
the Golden Knights into the red zone. With 1:20 left, Volkel ran a
quarterback draw, followed his blocks inside the 10, broke a pair
of tackles and dove into the endzone for the game-tying 18-yard touchdown
run. Bobby Peron hit the only extra point of the game to put the Knights
up 13-12 at half.
Trojans are lights out
BY MIKE GARVEY - CV STAFF WRITER
With less than one minute remaining in the first
half and Nanticoke Area on the move deep in Bishop OReilly territory,
a set of lights went dark at the Trojans stadium. The incident
forced officials to halt play and jump-started the maintenance crew
into action, but more importantly proved to be the only thing able
to stop Nanticoke in its 35-0 romp over the Queensmen.
Trojans built a steady lead, scoring a pair
of touchdowns in each of the first two quarters and went into halftime
with a convincing 28-0 lead.
They did so according to coach Bob Colatostis
balanced blueprint, a crafty design of pass and run that spread the
ball to a variety of skill position players.
You could look at starting quarterback Kevin
Schinski, who threw for 138 yards and two touchdowns on 8-for-11 passing,
and ran for another score. You could look at running backs Josh Mitkowski
and Shane Hempel, who combined for over 100 yards and two scores,
or the three wideouts who caught passes of 20 or more yards. Who would
We tried to show everything, Colatosti
said. Were not just the wing-T offense anymore.
Behind an offensive line that Colatosti said
sure did pave the way, Schinski ran the offense smoothly.
Already up 15-0 midway through the second quarter, the Trojans took
the ball at their own 26. Mitkowski and Hempel rushed the ball on
the first three plays to bring the ball to the 40, at which point
Schinski went to the air. He completed consecutive throws to Fetterman
for 25 and 21 yards, and Mitkowski finished the drive with a 14-yard
rush. Six plays and 74 yards later, Nanticokes efficiency was
Hes really become a quarterback
now that hes a senior, Colatosti said of Schinski. Its
nothing new. Weve had some good yardage against everyone I think
except Wyoming Area.
But for how well Nanticoke executed, OReilly
didnt give themselves much of a fighting chance courtesy of
untimely turnovers and penalties. After they fumbled the ball on the
kickoff, resulting in the Trojans first score, the Queensmen
essentially emptied a revolver on their feet.
Penalties killed us. Penalties and turnovers,
head coach Lenny Selinski said.
has its way vs. OReilly
QB Kevin Schinski throws for two TDs and runs for another score in
the blowout victory.
By JEFF MIRRO - For the Times Leader
The Greater Nanticoke Area Trojans put on a show
Friday night in front of the home crowd at Frank Chicknoski Stadium,
but the fans almost did not get to see the second act.
Half of the stadium lights went out with 53
seconds left in the first half of the Trojans 35-0 shutout victory
over Bishop OReilly. The officials moved both teams to the opposite
end of the field to finish the half, and the lights were restored
for the start of the second half.
Nanticoke (2-4) did not wait for the lights
to come back on to take total control of the game. Quarterback Kevin
Schinski scored on a 15-yard run in which he took advantage of a tremendous
block by wide receiver Joel Fetterman at the 3-yard line on the first
play after the lights went out. The score with 43 seconds left before
halftime put the Trojans ahead 28-0.
Schinski produced several big plays for Nanticoke.
He threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to tight end Wes Shultz with 9:39
to go in the first quarter to put his team ahead 7-0, and he completed
two consecutive passes to Fetterman for gains of 25 and 21 yards to
set up a 14-yard touchdown run by Josh Mitkowski that put the Trojans
ahead 21-0 with 9:51 to go in the first half.
The final score of the game was a 14-yard pass
to Josh Niewinski to make the score 35-0 with 6:40 left in the third
quarter. Schinski finished 8-of-11 for 127 yards and two TDs to go
along with his rushing score.
We try to show everything so that everyone
has to prepare for it, said Nanticoke coach Bob Colatosti. We
are not just a Wing T offense anymore. We played a pretty good game
we got on a roll.
Colatosti is happy to see his quarterback have
some success in his senior year after a rough start.
The poor young man has taken so many
hits since his freshman year. Now we have our offensive linemen in
the weight room during the off-season and they stayed with us in this
system. This is our second year in this blocking system and they are
blocking better than last year. The offensive line sure did pave the
The Trojans took advantage of several OReilly
miscues, starting with a fumble on the opening kickoff that set up
Schinskis first TD pass. The Queensmen (1-5) committed six penalties
for 40 yards and fumbled five times, with three recovered by Nanticoke.
Nanticoke Area runs
over Bishop Hafey
By JEFF MIRRO For the Times Leader
Josh Mitkowski had 15 rushes for 212 yards and three touchdowns to
lead Greater Nanticoke Area over Bishop Hafey 41-0 in both teams
non-conference season opener.
Hes a great young man, said
Nanticoke head coach Bob Colatosti. He has a lot of vision.
He is on a team that doesnt intend to quit and hes a big
part of it.
Mitkowski was part of a dominating Nanticoke
rushing attack that produced 387 yards and controlled the game from
the outset. Nanticoke had 17 first downs to Hafeys seven.
Quarterback Kevin Schinski completed five of
six passes for 82 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Receivers
Joel Fetterman and Jesse Stine each caught touchdown passes from Schinski.
Fetterman hauled in a 34-yard touchdown pass down the left sideline
in the first quarter, and Stine caught a 20-yarder down the right
We played as a team, Colatosti
said. We blocked well up front. They spent a lot of time in
the weight room. You have to realize that Hafey will be a team to
be reckoned with next season. I wish them luck the rest of the way.
Nanticoke struck early with Schinskis
34-yard pass to Fetterman with 6:04 left in the first quarter.
Mitkowski scored the first of his three touchdowns
with 6:55 to go in the first half on an 18-yard run down the left
sideline after a broken tackle to make the score 14-0.
Nanticoke took advantage of good field position
after a 25-yard punt by Hafey that put them on the Vikings 46-yard-line.
The Trojans found their way into the end zone seven plays later when
Schinski hit Stine with a 20-yard pass to take a 21-0 lead 26 seconds
Nanticoke pulled away in the third quarter
with three rushing touchdowns. Mitkowski scored again with 9:22 to
go in the quarter for a 27-0. The kick failed.
After Hafey punted the ball to the Trojans
23, Mitkowski ran 77 yards on the next play for his third touchdown
to put his team ahead 34-0 with 6:44 left in the third quarter.
Nanticokes final touchdown drive featured
fullback Shane Hempel, who ran the ball on four of five plays for
24 yards, including a 2-yard touchdown run.
Improved Trojans battling
to be competitive
The team is getting better.
We want to be competitive.
Bob Colatosti GNA coach Nanticoke split into
three groups for a routine station drill in its fourth preseason practice.
As one group began to hit the blocking sled, three of the five pads
on the sled continually fell off with each hit.
It seemed to be a theme for the Trojans in this preseason they
were in need of repairs.
The Trojans struggled on offense and defense last season, averaging
just 6.6 points per game and allowing more than 35.5 points a game,
getting shut out five times.
Greater Nanticoke Area head coach Bob Colatosti
saw it differently.
We dont need to change anything we
did a year ago, Colatosti said. We just need to do it better.
It wasnt all bad news for Nanticoke, though.
Colatosti was happy to report that the teams numbers were up from
21 players when he took over the program in March 2005 and 32 by the
end of last season to the 42 players that reported to this seasons
The Trojans dropped the final eight games of
Colatostis first season after winning the first two.
(The players) were in great spirits through
every game last season, Colatosti said. Even after losing
their final game, they didnt look down on themselves.
The Trojans want to use the leadership they have
in their two senior quarterbacks to utilize the pass to open up the
To do that, theyll be looking toward probable
starter Kevin Schinski, wholl be expected to take command of the
Trojan offense this season, with Paul Yanus at backup.
Senior Jordan Lynch, last seasons starter
at running back, will be out for at least the first four games due to
a preseason abdominal injury. The Trojans will most likely rely on senior
fullback Josh Mitkowski to fill the gap left by Lynch.
Matt Guzenski, Walt Mieczkowski and Shane Hempel
are all possibilities to log carries at running back behind Mitkowski.
Junior Joel Fetterman, junior Josh Niewinski
and junior Kevin Corley have found their way into the Trojans starting
(The receivers) are a great, talented group
of kids, Colatosti said. Im excited about trying to
get them the ball as much as possible.
Nanticokes offensive line got pushed around
last season, but after a full summer in the weight room, Colatosti says
its looking stronger.
Theyve been in the weight room since
a week after their last game last season. They havent gotten any
bigger, but theyve gotten a lot stronger.
The line will see senior Brad Sugalski and junior
Dan Paveletz at the guards and seniors Justin Kreitzer and John Parsons
at the tackles. Sophomore Jim Hoffman will most likely start at the
center position, with senior Chuck Hashagen challenging for time.
With several first-time players and underclassmen,
Nanticoke will be starting several players on both sides of the ball.
The defensive line will be looking to slow down
opposing offenses, which won games by an average of more than 40 points.
The ends will be Jesse Stein and Hashagen. The
tackles will be Sugalski and Kreitzer. Hempel, Paveletz, and Wesley
Schultz will also provide some much-needed backup for the defensive
We try to use everyone we can and get all
the players a break, said Colatosti. We have some underclassman
and first-year players that have to prove themselves before they can
work into the lineup.
Mitkowski, Parsons, Guzenski and Yanus will be
fighting for the starting spots at linebacker.
Niewinski and Fetterman will play at the corners.
Corley will most likely start at safety.
Schinski and Yanus will also see some playing
time in the Trojan secondary.
With numbers up and players continuing to file
in, Nanticoke should better its record from last season.
That depends, however, on how the Trojans fare
in a 2006 schedule that pits them against only one of the two opponents
the team defeated last season.
Nanticoke will face Bishop Hafey tomorrow, but
will not play Northwest Area this season. Instead, the Trojans will
play Wyoming Area (8-3 last season).
If Colatosti can integrate the newer players
into the system quickly, hell have fewer players going both ways,
allowing more time for them to rest.