Young New Egypt team off to fast start

BY MIKE WHITE Staff Writer

BY MIKE WHITE
Staff Writer

New Egypt running back Langston LaCroix (above) and quarterback Stephen Panasuk (l) will be looked upon to lead a young Warrior offense this year, as head coach Tom Farrell's team looks to return to the postseason with a slew of new faces.  New Egypt running back Langston LaCroix (above) and quarterback Stephen Panasuk (l) will be looked upon to lead a young Warrior offense this year, as head coach Tom Farrell’s team looks to return to the postseason with a slew of new faces. New Egypt High School football coach Tom Farrell had a whole lot to smile about following his team’s 35-12 steamrolling of Maple Shade last Friday night in the season-opener for both teams.

First there was running back Langston Lacroix, who rushed 102 yards on 18 carries. In addition, Lacroix returned a punt 65 yards for a touchdown, caught a 22-yard TD pass, hauled in four passes and even knocked home an extra point.

“He had an outstanding game for us,” Farrell said. “He was just amazing. He did everything for us. He is still just a young kid, and we’re going to have him for a while. He is only going to get better and better as time goes on.”

Secondly, quarterback Stephen Panasuk completed 14-of-15 passes for 242 yards and three touchdowns. An accurate passing game is one ingredient that has been missing from the Warriors’ arsenal for a while.

PHOTOS BY JEFF GRANIT staff PHOTOS BY JEFF GRANIT staff “He has the ability to throw the ball extremely well,” Farrell said. “It adds another dimension to our offense. Now teams won’t be just keying on the run, they’ll have to defend through the air as well.”

Farrell likes the idea of being able to be versatile offensively.

“Hey, we’re going to take what the defense gives us,” Farrell said. “We plan on throwing the ball a lot more than we have in the past. In this game it was there, so we took advantage.”

New Egypt raced to an insurmountable 28-0 halftime lead.

“It was nice to see for such a young team, we were able to jump on them like that,” Farrell said. “We only have four seniors on the squad. The majority of the team is sophomores. It was nice to see them grow up quickly.”

The Warriors opened the scoring when Panasuk connected with Dylan Rowland for a 29-yard TD pass. That was followed by an 11-yard scoring strike to T.J. Smith. New Egypt broke the game open when Panasuk scored on a 6-yard joint to make it 21-0. Lacroix electrified the crowd with a dazzling 65-yard punt return right before the half to make it 28-0.

“We did everything right in that first half,” Farrell said.

Defensively, New Egypt looked sharp. Farrell cited the fine play of Dakota Havens and Josh Howard.

“Those two guys were great,” Farrell said. “They kept a lot of pressure on Maple Shade.”

New Egypt squares off against Northern Burlington this week. That is followed by contests against Pope Paul, Florence and Burlington County.

“The schedule doesn’t get any easier,” Farrell said. “We’ve got a coupe of Group II schools coming up that we’re going to have to prepare for.”