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Jake Novak caught two passes for touchdowns. He wasn’t the intended receiver on either.

Novak, Manheim Central’s senior wide receiver/defensive back, tip-toed down the left sideline with a swing pass from Evan Simon, breaking a tackle at the Donegal 31 for a 43-yard score.

A minute nineteen seconds later he stepped in front of a Ryan Buckius pass meant for Tyler Rupp, returning it 24 yards for an interception TD.

Just two standout plays on a Friday evening when the host Barons (2-0) played a near-perfect game.

Simon completed eight of 13 passes for 153 yards and touchdowns to Novak and a 27-yard TD to Tyler Simon.

Senior back Giovanni Lester came off the bench to amass 85 yards and an 11-yard TD on 12 carries.

Colin Erb (2-15) bulled 11 yards to the endzone for Manheim’s final  score of the evening.

Turning point:  Manheim won the toss and took the ball. Eleven plays and 80 yards later the Barons had a lead they would never relinquish.

Star of the game: Junior runningback Tyler Flick, who rolled for 171 yards and Manheim’s first two touchdowns — 4 and 12 yards — on 14 carries. Bonus pick: Novak with three catches for  81 yards, a TD and the pick-6.

Key statistic: The Baron defense held Donegal  (0-2) to four first downs and 79 total yards; 36 of those yards came on Cameron Ellis’ 36-yard run on Donegal’s second offensive snap of game. Donegal is still looking for its first TD of the season.

Quotable: “It wasn’t called for me,” Novak said of the 43-yard TD play, “but what the defense gave us, I was the open man.

“I definitely felt (the broken tackle) and I did my best to stay in bounds.”

On the interception: “Coach (Tom) Waranavage was telling me to play up. I was playing soft in the first quarter.

“I kind of knew what they were throwing, with watching film and stuff. I was able to attack the ball.”

Up next: Donegal hosts Palmyra Friday. Manheim travels to West York.

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