Football roundup: WAHS beats defending state champ Wyoming Area
Williamsport had a statement victory against defending state champion Wyoming Area on Friday night, 35-14.
The Millionaires used a third-quarter burst to pull away and secure the win. Nasir Henningan finished with 115 rushing yards and went 73 yards untouched on the first play of the third quarter.
“Any time you can play this way against a caliber team like Wyoming Area, it says something about the staff and the players that you have,” Williamsport coach Chuck Crews said.
Williamsport held a slim 7-0 lead at the half before scoring 28 second-half points.
The Millionaires outgained Wyoming Area, 321-237, and kept Wyoming Area to under 100 rushing yards (94 on 37 carries).
“Talented player and big plays hurt us,” Wyoming Area coach Randy Spencer said. “I think the failure to capitalize on a few drives in the first half really changed the complexion of the game. Give their guys credit because they made some big plays.”
Frankie Morrone went 11 for 16 for 160 yards for the Millionaires.
CENTRAL MOUNTAIN 7,
Central Mountain’s defense stole the show Friday night against Selinsgrove, holding a talented Seals team to no touchdowns as the Wildcats won, 7-3.
It’s Central Mountain’s first 2-0 start since 2008.
The Wildcats limited the Seals ground game to just 38 rushing yards. Selinsgrove ran for more than 160 yards in its Week 1 victory.
Jake Welch recorded a sack for Central Mountain and Kaden Falls had an interception. Micah Walizer led the Wildcats with five tackles.
“Our defense stood their ground so many times, they were fighting field position the whole game and just kept battling and battling,” Central Mountain coach Jim Renninger said. “I can’t say enough about them.”
Brett Gerlach threw for 100 yards and Nick Long had 53 receiving yards on just three receptions. On the ground, Ryan Pentz ran for 81 yards on 18 carries and had the lone touchdown.
WARRIOR RUN 13
Colton Yocum ran for 190 yards and the Spartans ran for 385 yards in a Week 2 win.
The Spartans had 447 yards of offense, the most its recorded since Oct. 27, 2017 against Muncy. They also rushed for at least 300 yards for the first time since Oct. 7, 2016.
“This is awesome because lately our running game kind of struggles,” Yocum said. “But our offensive line is clicking and we’re getting more yards. We’ve been mad, we’ve been hungry and we’re looking for more wins.”
Chase Snyder, Hayden Robbins, Josh Applegate, Cole Dyer and Caleb Burkhart were critical on the offensive line in the Spartans’ win.
“I challenged the offensive line before the game to get 250 yards rushing. We ended with 380, so that’s a good night for us,” Hughesville coach Adam Gehr said. “The kids played their guts out. The offensive line did their job and Colton ran as tough as I’ve seen him run in a long time.”
The Spartans led 18-7 at halftime and tacked on 19 points in the second half to gain some separation. The Spartans’ defense held Warrior Run to just 147 yards of total offense. Justin Blair led Warrior Run with 70 rushing yards and a touchdown.
Joey Swink scored twice for Hughesville and Yocum had two rushing touchdowns and a receiving touchdown.
JERSEY SHORE 53,
Jersey Shore was as dominant as it could be to move to 2-0.
The Bulldogs held Shikellamy to 25 yards of offense and the Braves averaged 0.5 yards per carry.
Jersey Shore jumped out to a 28-0 lead after a first quarter in which the Bulldogs had two passing touchdowns, a rushing touchdown and fumble returned for a score.
“We wanted to establish tempo at first,” Jersey Shore coach Tom Gravish said. “The defense did a fabulous job getting a touchdown on a sack-strip. We were powerful up front.”
Branden Wheary threw for 186 yards and three touchdowns and Cam Allison (84 rushing yards) and Brady Jordan (74) both ran for more than 70 yards.
“I really like his command (of the offense),” Gravish said of Wheary. “He’s picking up the signals with great accuracy and he’s taking charge out there. He’s putting us in a position to make great plays.”
MUNCY 42, BUCKTAIL 24
Muncy built a 35-point lead in the first half and held off Bucktail in the final two quarters en route to a win.
Bransey Eyer caught two touchdown passes of 1 yard in the first quarter and Ethan Gush punched in a touchdown in the final minute to put the Indians ahead, 21-0.
Chase Crawley had a 30-yard fumble return for a touchdown early in the second quarter for a 28-0 lead.
Bucktail’s three touchdowns all came in the second half. Dylan Cross accounted for two of them, having a 3- and 15-yard touchdown run. The Bucks converted all three two-point conversions as well.
Ty Nixon led Muncy’s ground game with 120 yards, averaging an impressive 10 yards per carry. Ethan Gush had 80 rushing yards and Paul Pepper ran for 77.
Montgomery held a slim three-point lead at the half, but Northwest scored two touchdowns in the third quarter to pull away for a 21-10 win against the Red Raiders.
Maurice Walters had a 25-yard touchdown pass from Logan Almeida with 1 minute, 41 seconds to play in the first quarter to take a 7-0 lead into the second, and the Red Raiders made it a 10-0 lead after Gabe McNear kicked a 22-yard field goal with 6:01 to play until halftime.
Chase Biller had a 4-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Wassell with just 1:10 remaining in the first half to cut the deficit to three.
Northwest then took the lead in the third quarter when Wassel hit Landon Hufford for a 16-yard touchdown to make it 14-10.
Alemida threw for 245 yards for the Red Raiders, completing 31 of 48 passes.
“I was very proud of our kids because this team dominated us 10 months ago,” Montgomery coach Paul Bozella said. “We turned the tables on them in the first two quarters. I was very proud of our offense. Almeida was a general (Friday) and everybody contributed.”
Wellsboro took a 14-point lead to start the game against North Penn-Mansfield, but the Panthers rallied and scored 17 unanswered to win the Morton Jones Trophy.
“What a win for these guys,” North Penn-Mansfield coach Tom Dickinson said. “It wasn’t pretty, and we have things to work on, but it says a lot about our kids.”
Isaac Keane had a 21-yard touchdown pass to put Wellsboro ahead, 7-0, before the Green Hornets returned an interception 40 yards for the 14-0 lead. The Panthers cut the deficit to seven when Kohen Lehman broke a 21-yard run with five minutes left in the first quarter.
Bryan Bogaczyk had a 10-yard interception return to tie the game with 2:37 remaining in the third quarter before Kevin Alexander kicked the go-ahead field goal with 9:29 left from 32 yards.
“Kevin (Alexander) is a great kicker and we have full confidence in him from that range,” Dickinson said.
SHAMOKIN 37, MILTON 6
Milton’s offense struggled to get anything going as Shamokin won convincingly.
Shamokin returned an interception 48 yards and then scored on a Max Madden 29-yard run later to jump ahead, 13-0, in the first quarter. Shamokin then had two touchdown passes from Brett Nye to Ryder Zulkowski to help build a 30-0 lead going into halftime.
Shamokin outgained MIlton, 391-156, and were led by Madden’s 154 rushing yards.
Milton’s ground game did have some success, however, as Ashton Canelo ran for 101 yards and scored the Black Panthers’ only touchdown in the fourth quarter from a yard out.
Lewisburg’s Cam Michaels scored on an 11-yard run in the fourth quarter, but the Green Dragons couldn’t score again and fell against Mifflinburg.
Michaels scored both of Lewisburg’s touchdowns. Max Moyers accounted for a team-high 78 rushing yards.
Andrew Diehl ran for 139 yards for Mifflinburg and Jacob Reitz scored both of the Wildcats’ touchdowns.