Mounties excel on both sides of the ball vs. Wyalusing
It took South Williamsport 3 and 1/2 quarters in last week’s come from behind win over Montgomery to get on the scoreboard. This week was a different story as it only took 10 seconds for junior running back Gannon Guerrisky to return the opening kickoff for a touchdown and help lead the Mounties to a convincing 55-6 win Friday night in South Williamsport. It was important to the Mounties to get onto the board early after last week’s early struggles.
“We had a different mindset, we came out and we knew we had to play right away, and we scored in the first 11 seconds and that set the tone,” South Williamsport’s Cole Lentz said.
The Mounties scored on the opening kickoff and did not look back. Guerrisky was certainly not done. After a Wyalusing three-and-out, Guerrisky carried the ball four times and capped it off with a bruising 12-yard touchdown run. Guerrisky was a force all night long and reached the 100-yard mark for the second consecutive week.
“It was super important. Gannon Guerrisky had a great week of practice, we changed our kickoff formation and it worked well,” Lentz said.
Lentz was very generous when talking about his teammates, but the senior wide receiver had a very impressive game himself. Lentz caught two touchdown passes from quarterback A.J. Flick as well as adding two interceptions on the defensive side of the ball. The most impressive play of Lentz’s night may have came when he was asked to do something he usually leaves to Flick. On a fourth down, Lentz was handed the ball on an end around and found Flick 10 yards downfield for a crushing first down.
“We have that in for any time that you can do that, when you have great athletes, like Cole Lentz, and A.J. Flick, they make that stuff easy. We ran it this week really well,” South coach Chris Eiswerth said.
Wyalusing looked like it was building some momentum early in the second quarter when they capped a 21-play drive with a Brandon Dake touchdown run. South Williamsport answered and did what it seemed to do all night long, put the ball in the end zone.
South’s defense played outstanding for a second straight week. They were able to force five turnovers. The defensive line would not let opposing quarterback Shane Fuhrey receive any time in the pocket and that resulted in four interceptions. The biggest one coming from Flick, who was able to return the pick for a touchdown early in the third.
“I thought last week the defense got unnoticed because we didnt put the ball in the end zone. I think the last two weeks the defense have come together and played well, we have some new guys in there, and they are really coming together.”
The Mounties were able to rack up over 300 yards of offense while holding Wyalusing to 203 yards, most of those coming during the 21-play drive early in the game.
If South Williamsport can combine tough defense with a high-powered offense, they have a legitimate chance to make a deep playoff run.
“Any time you can have balance I think it really helps, the offensive line did great against a really big group of people, Wyalusing was big and physical, I can’t say enough about A.J. Flick, Cole Lentz, and Hunter Finn, they come out and put so much pressure on defense. When we have that nice mix it is a lot of fun.”