Barons run for nearly 400 yards in rout of E-town Football
Manheim Central running back Marc Royer is already more than halfway to 1,000 yards.
And last Friday night, the senior back was certainly a big reason that the Barons improved to 4-0 this season, rushing for a game-high 167 yards and two TD’s in a 55-7 drubbing of Elizabethtown in Manheim in both teams’ Section Two opener.
It was the third straight week Royer gained over 100 yards on the ground, increasing his season total to 592 yards and six touchdowns in just four games.
As a team, the Barons (1-0 L-L) rushed for 378 of their 447 total yards against the Bears, who fell to 1-3 overall (0-1 L-L). Senior Ian Hanselman added 90 yards and a TD on just eight carries, while quarterback Colin Fry ran for a score and threw for another to help lead Central’s offensive machine.
Fry, in fact, wasted little time in throwing his sixth touchdown pass of the season, finding Andrew Seiverling wide open in E-town’s secondary on the Barons’ opening possession for a 48-yard scoring strike.
Then when E-town responded with Arthur Quaye hauling in a 78-yard pass from QB Tyler Cottle for six points, it had the makings of a wild one.
The Barons’ special teams made an impact when Dan Wiederrecht returned the ensuring kickoff 55 yards, setting up a 14-yard TD run by Fry which gave Central a lead it never lost.
Then Noah Dieffenbach pirated his team-leading third pick of the season and returned it 25 yards to the house to make it 21-7 after one.
E-town looked like it was going to cut into the lead on their next series, driving inside Central’s red zone. But the Barons recovered a fumble at their own one-yard line, then capitalized with Royer scoring on three-yard TD run at the other end. Damon Crouse, who was 6-for-6 in PAT’s, pushed it to 28-7.
It was never close after that.
When Hanselman found paydirt from 36 yards out, followed by Royer’s three-yard TD run, the Barons took a 42-7 lead at half and the rout was on.
Justin Moreno, who added a team-high 20 tackle points on defense, plowed into the end zone on an eight-yard run in the third and then sophomore Tyler Hoag got his first varsity TD on a one-yard run in the fourth to complete the scoring.
Manheim Central will look to improve to 5-0 this Friday night when they host Lebanon at Elden Rettew Field at 7 p.m.
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