A: Muncy at Wyalusing football preview
Muncy facts: The Indians are making their second straight district playoff appearance, but are seeking their first district playoff win since 2002. Muncy has lost two straight, but played nine-win South Williamsport tough in Week 9 and was scoreless with Hughesville midway through the second quarter last week before losing, 41-15. Muncy features a hard-hitting defense that has a lot of future promise as well. Junior defensive end Hunter Poust is having a big season and has 17 tackles for loss. Sophomore linebacker Mike Kustanbauter has had some outstanding games and has 16 tackles for loss. Linebacker Malik Wertman leads the team in tackles and has nearly 200 tackles over the past two seasons. Tylor Rupert has added four sacks and Jeff Fry has seven interceptions over the past two seasons. The offense also is young, but sophomore quarterback Coleman Good has made big strides in his second year starting and is closing in on 1,000 yards. Junior Colby Alpaugh leads the team in rushing and Fry has caught 28 passes. Adam Dietrick also can make plays in the passing game and freshman Dylan Wilt caught a 31-yard pass against South on a fourth down, setting up a touchdown. Muncy has followed a unique pattern this season, losing two straight games and then winning two straight. Here’s thinking Muncy hopes that trend continues starting tonight.
Muncy player to watch–Peyton Hulyo: The senior defensive end will play a big role in trying to slow Wyalusing’s running game. Hulyo has five tackles for loss and a sack this season and also could make something happen in the passing game.
Wyalusing facts: After six weeks, Wyalusing looked like it would be the top seed, starting 5-1. The Rams, though, have lost four straight and were shutout in consecutive games against Wellsboro and Towanda. Still, this remains a dangerous team with a strong three-headed rushing attack. Ryan Kipp, Derek Frederick and Derrick Clark all have run for 470 or more yards. Throw in Carl Gowin and Wyalusing has produced four 100-yard rushers this season. Kipp is the team’s leading rusher and scorer and Frederick leads Wyalusing in yards per carry. Quarterback Calvin Burke has cooled after a strong start, but threw seven touchdown passes during the 5-1 start. The defense was ranked among the district’s best during that same start and has forced 23 turnovers. Kipp and Clark combine to make 15 tackles per game and Cody Jackson leads the team in sacks. Like Muncy, Wyalusing is hoping to end a long playoff win drought. The Rams lost won a district playoff game in 2001 when they captured the District 4 Class AA championship.
Wyalusing player to watch–Mike Wilcox: A two-way starter, Wilcox is tough up front offensively and sparks the defense, averaging a team-high 9.9 tackles per game. Wilcox has topped 10 tackles in a game five times.
Winner plays: No. 4 Canton or No. 1 Sayre
Outlook: Wyalusing looked like the team to beat after six weeks, but Muncy has cut the gap between the two and has upset potential if it plays a strong game, especially up front. Slowing Wyalusing’s run game is a must and the offense will have to do a better job sustaining drives.