HS FOOTBALL: Warriors Rumble Over Grenadiers
WILKES-BARRE — The Wyoming Area Warriors did what they do well, play stout defense and rush the football on their way to a 41-7 victory over the GAR Grenadiers Friday evening at Wilkes-Barre Memorial Stadium.
The Warriors ran for 304 yards and held GAR to 90 yards of total offense.
“We were able to play a complete football game this evening,” Warrior coach Randy Spencer said. “We are fortunate to have a stable of backs that can carry the football for us. We are very consistent up front.”
Wyoming Area got started quickly, marching 59 yards in just four plays on its first offensive possession of the game. Corey Mruk jaunted 46 yards off tackle to set the Warriors up deep in GAR territory. Two plays later, Dominic DeLuca hit Nick Elko with a swing pass for a 12-yard Wyoming Area touchdown.
Defenses ruled the next portion of the game as each team punted on its next three possessions.
GAR finally broke the defensive stranglehold on the game.
On a 3rd-and-12, GAR’s Justice Lomas took a lateral and scooted 69 yards untouched down the right sideline to even the score at 7.
Undaunted, Wyoming Area responded marching 64 yards, all on the ground, in eight plays. Darren Rodney took a handoff and burst up the middle for a 14-yard score to give the Warriors a 14-7 lead.
After a GAR punt, the Warriors next went on a nine-play, 59-yard drive. Rodney capped the drive going off-tackle four yards for his second score of the game.
The Warriors started the second half the way they ended the first. They needed 10 plays to cover 65 yards. DeLuca hit a wide open Derek Ambrosino with a 26-yard pass on a crossing pattern to extend the Wyoming Area lead to 28-7.
DeLuca then made things rough on his quarterbacking counterpart, intercepting a pass to end the Grenadier next drive.
Zaquay Williamson needed two carries to rush 35 yards, the last 17 resulting in a Warrior score.
Wyoming Area then closed out the night’s scoring as quarterback Jacob Williams called his own number and rumbled to the end zone from a yard out.
“We need to be able to play more consistent football week in and week out,” said GAR head coach Paul Weidlich.