Penn-Trafford gets win over Hempfield
Zach Emerick passed for 256 yards and accounted for four touchdowns to lead the high-powered offense of Penn-Trafford (3-0, 1-0) to a 45-14 victory over Hempfield (0-3, 0-1) on Friday.
Running back Manny Simpson has garnered most of the attention for Penn-Trafford this season, but the Warriors showed their offense is not one-dimensional against the Spartans. Emerick tossed two touchdown passes within the first three minutes of the contest, giving the Warriors a lead they never surrendered. Emerick found Dylan Stewart on a 27-yard strike and then connected with Tyler Dudek from 28 yards 15 seconds later. Dudek's score followed a fumble recovery forced by the Penn-Trafford special teams, one of three turnovers induced by the Warriors.
After Travis Day's 11-yard touchdown run pulled Hempfield within seven points, Simpson got involved in the offense. The prolific running back, who totaled 480 yards in his first two contests, took his second carry of the game 52 yards for a touchdown. Simpson first showed his speed to get to the outside and then overpowered the last Spartans defender.
Penn-Trafford coach John Ruane believed that run epitomized Simpson's ability, saying, "That's what he does best. He got into the open field, and then won the one-on-one battle."
Simpson finished with 153 yards on 18 carries.
After a 22-yard field goal by Matt Loughnane to end the half extended the Warriors lead, Emerick once again found Dudek on a 15-yard scoring strike early in the third quarter. Emerick then capped his terrific effort by scoring on a 1-yard run to put Penn-Trafford ahead, 38-7.
"Hempfield put eight guys in the box and forced us to throw," Ruane said. "Zach (Emerick) was the difference in the game."
Quarterback DeLorian Day sparked the Hempfield offense after replacing Ty George in the second half, as Day passed for 94 yards and a touchdown on five attempts.