Welcome to another chapter of Lebanon Sports Buzz’s continuing series ‘A History of Old-School Football from Back in the Day’.
Back when helmets were made of leather and footballs really were ‘pigskins’, there roamed the old gridirons two separate, but just as colorful, groups called ‘The Four Horsemen of Notre Dame’ and ‘Mr. Inside and Mr. Outside’. Northern Lebanon’s Dominic Trader is sort of a combo of those two legendary throwbacks.
Trader is but one member of the Vikings’ four-headed rushing attack, one that also features quarterback Isaac Ray, inside power guy Derek DiAngelis and slasher Travis Gates. Trader’s role in Northern Lebanon’s triple option approach is to run outside the tackles, use his speed to get to the sidelines and put pressure on the flanks of a defense.
On Friday night, at Fred Gahres Stadium in Fredericksburg, Northern Lebanon’s rushing machine was firing on all cylinders.
TheVikings ran the ball 47 times, gained 334 yards on the ground and did in nemesis Annville-Cleona 33-26. Trader, a blossoming junior, touched the ball just seven times, but gained 140 yards on those totes, including a touchdown.
Trader gained a good chunk of his yardage on outside flips from Ray. On one particular such play early in the second quarter, Trader started in motion before the snap, came behind Ray as the play began, took a pitch from his quarterback and got to the right sidelines before an A-C defender could touch him.
– JEFF FALK