Everything Clicked For Warriors
WEST PITTSTON — The pick-six Derek Ambrosino made was quite worthy for play of the night around the Wyoming Valley Conference. And the Wyoming Area junior liked the end zone so much, he decided to get there twice. Ambrosino and quarterback Dominic DeLuca each scored twice in the first half, and Wyoming Area crossed the goal line six times in the first two quarters en route to a 55-0 win over Northwest Friday night. The win boosts the Warriors to 3-0 on the season, while Northwest falls to 0-3. “We knew that we had to come out and play hard,” Ambrosino said. “We knew that we had the confidence to come out and play like this. Our defense is pretty stingy. We have a lot of guys that always come every day and step up to the challenge.” Really, it was almost a perfect first half for Wyoming Area in all three facets of the game. On special teams, Leo Haros took a punt back to the house 52 yards just two minutes in. Offensively, the Warriors were dominating — rolling up more than 250 yards in one half, scoring on all but two possessions. And it was a plethora of options, from DeLuca’s 63-yard jaunt where he went nearly untouched through the middle of the line, to the bruising running of Corey Mruk. The junior back had 121 yards on 12 carries in the opening 24 minutes. Eleven first downs. Three series of six or more plays. Two scoring possessions of just one play. And it was all capped off as Ambrosino got behind the secondary and hauled in a pass from Jacob Williams for the sixth score of the first half and the 42-0 lead at halftime. “When you run the ball well, it makes everything else possible,” said WA head coach Randy Spencer as his team racked up more than 450 yards of offense, 370 on the ground. “Our line blocking has been consistent and improved, and that’s counting our tight ends and fullbacks. The backs are running harder each week. We are going in the right direction.” Defensively, the Warriors were equally as impressive — holding Northwest to negative-13 yards for the game, sacking Ranger quarterback David Piestrak four times and intercepting him once. That interception was one of beauty where Ambrosino tipped the ball to himself on a screen attempt, caught it and went 13 yards toward the end zone. “I was reading the screen and just happened to stick my hand up,” Ambrosino said. “I tipped it by myself and ran it back. It felt good. With all the preparation done in practice, it felt good to pick one off.” Really, Spencer couldn’t ask anything more from Wyoming Area. “The goal was to move forward from last week, and I think we’ve been pretty consistent with that. We are looking for consistent improvement and moving that level up. And I think we took that next step on the ladder tonight,” he said. Northwest started the game strong, intercepting DeLuca on the first play. But the Warrior defense forced a three-and-out, and Haros took the ensuing punt 52 yards for the 7-0 lead at the 10:05 mark of the first quarter. It opened the flood gates as two DeLuca scores gave the green and gold a 21-0 lead after one quarter before three more touchdowns increased it to 42-0 at the break. “First play of the game, you want to take that shot. And even if that’s the result, it’s the same as a punt,” Spencer said. “Dominic knows that he needs to be a player and a leader. The thing about being a leader is that it’s easy to lead when things go right. How do you lead when things go wrong? And you saw the whole team’s response after that interception. That’s a big positive for us.” DeLuca got his third touchdown of the night in the third quarter after finding a wide-open Dimitri DePietro for the 19-yard score and 49-0 lead with 12 minutes to play. Senior Jevani Sancho capped off the scoring when he broke a 51-yard touchdown run down the left sideline with seven seconds left.