Schomp, NL toss shutout
nancy scholz/times news Northern Lehigh quarterback Dylan Hofmann (right) prepares to hand off to Kirk Bender.
Back in the second game of the season, Kyle Schomp moved back to his natural spot at defensive tackle.
Since that game, no one has scored on the Northern Lehigh defense.
Schomp and his friends held another opponent scoreless Friday night, shutting out Salisbury 41-0. It is the Bulldogs second shut of the year and third straight week the defense was not scored upon.
Schomp led a defensive effort that limited the Falcons to just 22 rushing yards on 31 carries. Schomp had one sack in the game and several tackles.
"I started the year at linebacker," Schomp said. "But during the Wilson game they moved me back down to defensive tackle, where I was last year. I love getting my hand down in the dirt playing tackle."
Northern Lehigh head coach Joe Tout is happy to have him back where he belongs.
"He's gone from an all-league kid at linebacker to a definite all state defensive tackle," Tout said. "If there's a better defensive tackle in our league, I'd like to see it."
Schomp was able to move back to his favorite spot because senior Drayton Budhoo emerged as a candidate to play inside linebacker next to the team's defensive leader, Kirk Bender.
"That has allowed us to put Kyle where he can be dominant," Tout said.
The entire defense was dominant against Salisbury.
Senior lineman Kyle Greenawald had two tackles for loss. Junior linebacker Danny Marsh made had one tackle for loss and another big third-down stop. Linebacker Caleb Johnson and defensive end Nick Valentini made some plays. David Getz and Cahnce DeLong had interceptions.
The Bulldogs (5-0) also looked good on offense.
With the Falcons (0-5) stacking the box, Northern Lehigh went to the air more than usual.
Quarterback Dylan Hofmann threw 14 passes, completing 11 for 184 yards and three touchdowns. He completed his first nine passes of the game.
"They were blitzing eight," Hofmann said. "They only have three guys to cover four or five receivers so we took advantage of it."
Hofmann threw just once on Northern Lehigh's first touchdown drive, a 4-play march that ended with his 10-yard run to pay dirt.
He threw three straight passes at the end of a four-play drive that included Nick Valentini's 31-yard touchdown catch that made it 14-0 with 3:55 left in the first half.
Hofmann completed two more passes on a five-play drive that ended when Trevor Yashur (10 carries, 113 yards) broke free for a 39-yard touchdown run.
The Bulldogs made it 28-0 when Hofmann hit Darien Middaugh with a 15-yard strike to cap another 5-play touchdown drive.
Northern Lehigh took advantage of an errant punt snap by Salisbury to put the game in the mercy rule. After Falcon punter Trent Clay had to fall on the low snapped ball on his own 7-yard line, Hofmann hit Getz for a 7-yard touchdown. That score put the game into the mercy rule at 35-0 with 29 seconds left in the first half.
Nolehi added a second-half touchdown on an 11-yard Getz run.
The Bulldogs move on to face undefeated Pen Argyl next Saturday in a game that has Colonial League title implications, although the Green Knights have to get past Southern Lehigh today.
While Pen Argyl has been anointed as this year's favorite to win the league, the defending league and District 11 champs have something to say about that now that the time has come.
"We didn't overlook anybody," Hofmann said. "We're playing with a little chip on our shoulder. We feel like it's our title to defend."