HS FOOTBALL: Western Wayne Routs Nanticoke Area

September 22, 2018

NANTICOKE — If Dylan Walck had any nerves, they sure didn’t show. Starting at quarterback for the first time this season, the Western Wayne senior needed just three carries before reaching the end zone. And running behind a big, bruising offensive line, the Wildcats had no problems moving the ball in chunks. Walck and tailback Kobe Sauter both ran for more than 100 yards and combined for five touchdowns as Western Wayne rolled to a 35-7 victory over Nanticoke Area Friday night. Walck, filling in for starter Matt Valanda, was ready for the challenge. The senior admitted he always had fond memories of being a quarterback. And the receiver made the most of his opportunity under center. He scored just two minutes into the game on a 20-yard run off the right side, and his 1-yard burst on a fourth-and-goal on the last play of the first half gave the Wildcats a 28-0 lead. Walck finished with 120 yards on 11 carries and completed 2 of 3 passes for 36 yards. “I give all the credit to the offensive line because they really stepped up,” Walck said. “They were amazing. Every yard we earned was because of that offensive line. I felt so confident calling plays behind them. I played some quarterback last year, but it was my first start this year. I just love the position. I love being a leader on this team.” It was the offensive line that won the contest for the Wildcats, who improved to 12-1 against teams from the Wyoming Valley Conference. Western Wayne (4-1) rushed for 319 yards, averaging nearly eight yards per carry. Sauter, who scored three times, also eclipsed the 100-yard mark — gashing the Trojans for a game-high 129 yards. “This isn’t new to Dylan. He’s a great athlete,” WW head coach Randy Wolff said. “He’s one of our better athletes. You want to get the ball to him a lot. Something came up with Matt, and we had to ask Dylan to step in there. We are so proud of the offensive line because they dominated the game. If it wasn’t for them, a victory like this wouldn’t be possible.” The Wildcats took advantage of a Nanticoke Area (2-3) squad playing without six starters. Already up 7-0, WW started its second possession deep in its own territory, but on the first play, Sauter busted through the right side and split two Trojans in the secondary for the 74-yard TD and a 14-0 lead not even five minutes into the game. Wolff’s group got two short touchdowns in the second quarter — a 3-yard run by Sauter and Walck’s short burst before the half for the 28-0 lead. Western Wayne was quite efficient in the first half, outgaining Nanticoke 274-50 and scoring on four of five offensive series. “We had to take care of some housekeeping issues, and missing those six starters really hurt,” Nanticoke Area head coach Ron Bruza said. “It hurt us up front because we had to play kids that just weren’t varsity ready yet. But they did a nice job up front. That’s where they won the game.” After Nanticoke Area’s first offensive possession of the second half stalled out, Western Wayne put together a 10-play, 62-yard drive that chewed up almost the entire clock in the third quarter. It was capped off by Sauter’s third TD, a 9-yard sweep off the left side, for the 35-0 lead. The Trojans got on the scoreboard late in the fourth quarter on Joe Ammons’ 43-yard score as the senior also rushed for 100 yards on the night. “We just have to rebound and come together,” Bruza said. “We are at the mid-point of the season, and we are still in the mix of things. We have to regroup and see what happens from there.” Contact the writer: sports@citizensvoice.com

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