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Ammons Runs Wild

September 30, 2018

WRIGHT TWP. — Only Joe Ammons’ brother, Keanu, could keep up with him.

Joe, Nanticoke Area’s running back, took a hand-off up the middle and quickly bounced his run out to the right sideline. He quickly pulled away from the rest of the Crestwood defense, and only Keanu trailed a few steps behind with his arms raised as the two speedy Trojans crossed into the end zone during the second quarter Saturday night.

No matter who had the ball, the Comets were chasing No. 4 (Joe) and No. 3 (Keanu) all game.

Joe Ammons reached the 300-yard rushing plateau by halftime and finished with four touchdowns, Keanu Ammons scored twice, and Nanticoke Area football blew by the Comets, 47-14, at Crestwood.

Joe Ammons finished with 375 yards on 25 carries, including four trips to the end zone. Take away his long runs of 95, 78 and 67 yards and he still averaged 6.1 yards per carry.

The running back said he focused on following his blockers, rather than just taking off on first instinct. His offensive line gave him plenty of room to run.

“I just have a thing of going. So I trusted my line tonight,” Joe Ammons said, “and they helped me out. … I was seeing a big hole. I would hit it.”

Joe’s first touchdown came after a punt backed Nanticoke Area (3-3) to its own 5-yard line. He burst through the middle, cut to the sideline and was gone in no time on a 95-yard score that made it 7-7.

Keanu — who ran twice for 7 yards and had a 70-yard TD reception — took over on the next two drives. He made a smart cut inside on a jet sweep for a 10-yard score, and then he streaked down a wide open midfield for his 70-yard catch and run for a 20-7 lead.

“It’s terrific. I like to see him get better because he has a whole other year, so this is just a great game for him, too,” Joe said.

Then came Joe’s 67-yard run with Keanu down the sideline, making it 26-7.

Crestwood’s Ryan Petrosky broke a jet sweep of his own into a 70-yard score, but Joe Ammons set up one more first-half score with another huge carry. He broke down the sideline, stutter-stepped behind the only Comet with a deep angle on him, and kept going for a 78-yard run that set up Colby Butczynski’s TD on a quarterback sneak.

Joe added two more scoring runs — from 23 and 2 yards out — in a 14-0 second-half shutout.

“I just had to show my team that I can run the ball,” he said. “Tonight was the night, and I’m going to keep doing it as the season goes on.”

Petrosky led the Comets (1-5) with 77 yards on five carries, plus 49 yards on four catches. Brandon Niemenski took three receptions 97 yards, and Garrett Swank had an 18-yard touchdown reception.

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