Williamsport rolls over Wyoming Area
All week during practices every day, the Williamsport coaches kept constantly reminding the Millionaires’ offensive players how good Wyoming Area’s defense was. They let the offense know the Warriors were only allowing roughly 10 points per game on defense.
So plain and simple, on Friday evening, Williamsport wanted to prove a point. The Millionaires wanted to show how good their offense was and that they couldn’t be slowed down by any defense, no matter how stingy they were.
“Our coaches brought it up every day in practice that they had best defense we faced so far, so we put that in back of our minds and wanted to prove a point out here that our offense is unstoppable,” Williamsport quarterback Isaiah Hankins said. “Only people that can stop our offense is ourselves.”
Consider that point definitely proven.
The Millionaires were as unstoppable offensively as a team could be in the first half, rolling to a 62-21 win against Wyoming Area on Friday night at STA Stadium. The Warriors defense through eight games entering Friday had only given up 86 points
After forcing a three-and-out on Wyoming Area’s opening possession, Williamsport needed just one play to strike when Treyson Potts broke a great 58-yard touchdown run for a 7-0 lead. The next possession was just two plays before Hankins broke a 54-yard run. Potts then had a 69-yard run the next possession on the first play.
It was strike after strike from the Millionaires offense that Wyoming Area’s defense had no answer for all night. The Millionaires are 8-1, their first 8-win season since 2002.
“We know in offensive end no defense can stop us. I don’t think any defense can match with us with our athletes out there,” Hankins said. “Basically just pick your poison and whatever they pick, we got a counter for them.”
Williamsport legendary running back Gary Brown was supposed to have his jersey officially retired at halftime, but unfortunately flooding in the surrounding area prevented him from attending the game. The school still plans in the near future to retire his jersey at some point.
Williamsport’s first five possessions equated to a total of 2 minutes, 44 seconds of possession, but in that short time, the Millionaires had built a 35-7 lead. Williamsport’s first five possessions went for 14 seconds, 42 seconds, 18 seconds, 35 seconds and 55 seconds.
“On offensive end we take it one play at a time and we look to score every play. We have a lot of dangerous weapons: myself, Treyson Potts, Dante Wright, Elliott Walker, Tristan Connor, Jalen Jackson,” Hankins said. “It’s real easy if everybody does their job what our offense can do.”
Potts was explosive every time he touched the ball. He had runs of 58, 69 and 54 yards as he ended the night with 186 rushing yards on just four carries by halftime and had three touchdown runs. He had another long run later in game called back on a hold.
“I’m glad he’s on my side. That young man is just a pleasure to coach and when you put him in the backfield and you combine him with what we have on edges, then we got Isaiah at quarterback, we’re a tough team to defend,” Williamsport coach Chuck Crews said.
Hankins also was dangerous with his feet, rushing for 125 yards on five carries and having three rushing touchdowns and two passing touchdowns, both of over 40 yards. In the first quarter, Williamsport exploded for a 28-0 lead, doing so in just 1 minute, 49 seconds of possession time as they only needed six snaps to score four touchdowns.
The Millionaires ended the night with 452 rushing yards and 570 yards of total offense. Wyoming Area’s ground game failed to materialize, as the Warriors rushed for just 68 yards on 29 carries. PJ Angeli was 5 for 14 for 133 passing yards for Wyoming Area, but he did throw two interceptions. Williamsport’s defense also recorded two sacks and the Warriors were just 1 for 11 on third down conversions and only once made a trip inside the red zone as the Millionaires defensively made it tough for Wyoming Area’s offense.
“They were physical, we’re fast. Today speed won,” Crews said.
Wyoming Area got on the board to begin the second quarter when Brian Miles had a 1-yard run to make it a 28-7 deficit, but Williamsport responded the ensuing possession when Hankins hit Elliott Walker for a 41-yard touchdown strike to go up, 35-7. Hankins broke a 23-yard run on the Millionaires’ next possession to make it a 42-7 lead.
The Warriors got on the board then again when Angeli threw a great 39-yard pass to Marc Minichello that made it a 42-14 game.
Williamsport though only took 21 seconds after that to score when Potts this time broke a 54-yard run, his final carry of the night, for a 49-14 lead before Hankins closed the quarter out with a 40-yard touchdown run in the final minute for a 56-14 halftime lead over the Warriors.
“Sometimes football is the same as real estate: location, location, location,” Crews said. “Treyson Potts lives in our district. Isaiah Hankins lives in our district. Jalen Jackson lives in our district. So what can you do? Those kids are tough to stop on a good night, so hats off to them.”
Williamsport had the second string in by halftime, but still increased its lead in the fourth quarter. With 3:21 remaining, Joe Fagnano capped a 10-play drive — the longest drive for Williamsport all night — with a 1-yard run for a 62-21 lead.
Wyoming Area’s third touchdown came in the third quarter when Minichello — who had 211 receiving yards on four receptions — had a 76-yard touchdown pass from Steve Homza.