Lewisburg spreads around scoring in beating Warrior Run
TURBOTVILLE – Lewisburg quarterback Nick Costagliola made sure as many Green Dragons left Defender Stadium with smile on their face as possible on Friday night.
The 6-foot-3, 190-pound senior threw three touchdown passes to three different players and handed to another pair of Green Dragons who scored as Lewisburg rolled over Warrior Run, 49-0.
Three of Costagliola’s four completions went for touchdowns as the Green Dragons, who were fourth in the competitive District 4 Class AA playoff standings entering Friday night, moved to 5-2.
“I like getting everyone involved and I like seeing everyone happy,” Costagliola said. “I’m glad everyone got a little share in on the touchdowns.”
The first of three Costagliola touchdown passes came on a fourth-and-8 from the Warrior Run 27 and with Lewisburg already holding a 7-0 lead after a 1-yard Kyle Palmer touchdown run on the Green Dragons’ first possession. Luke Smith was the target on the fourth-down play and the senior caught the ball on a crossing pattern, disposed off a Warrior Run defender in the secondary with a strong stiff-arm and worked his way into the end zone for a 14-0 lead.
Logan Aikey made it 21-0 in the second quarter, taking a middle screen pass 28 yards into the end zone. With under a minute remaining in the first half, Aikey scored on a 1-yard run.
Lewisburg took advantage of solid field position throughout the first half. Two scoring drives began at the Warrior Run 49 and another on its own 47.
“Once you are able to capitalize off those, they are pretty much out of the game and all the momentum is shifted toward us and we were just able to keep going,” Costagliola said.
Lewisburg’s defense helped secure the offense’s solid starting position all night by holding Warrior Run to four first downs on its way to its first shutout of the season.
“That has been one our goals defensively this year,” Lewisburg coach Jeremy Winn said. “They were able to do some things on us in the passing the game, but I thought overall it was a good performance by our guys.”
The Defenders (0-7) did advance into Lewisburg territory once in the first half after Hunter Raup found Andrew Gummo on a 22-yard completion to the Lewisburg 37, but a key holding penalty on the drive stalled any Warrior Run momentum.
Costagliola received a little luck on his third touchdown pass when a tipped ball landed into the hands of Ben Frankel who turned upfield for a 20-yard touchdown reception and Lewisburg’s first second-half score.
Backup quarterback Trent Henger threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Matthew Fedorjaka later in the third quarter and Cyrus Perez finished the scoring with a 32-yard highlight reel run where he covered both sides of the field early in the fourth quarter.
Costagliola finished 4 of 7 for 87 yards and three touchdowns. Aikey was 4 yards shy of 100 and Newcomb added 72 on 12 carries.
Also late in the second half, Newcomb intercepted his eighth pass of the season.
Lewisburg hosts Central Columbia and Loyalsock over the next two weeks before finishing the season at rival Mifflinburg. Warrior Run, which closed out its home schedule last night, travels to Montgomery and Wyalusing the next two weeks.