FOOTBALL Game Of The Week: Meyers At Wyoming Area
MEYERS (4-2) at WYOMING AREA (6-0)
When: Tonight, 7
Last meeting: Wyoming Area 14, Meyers 8 (2013)
Series history: Wyoming Area leads 24-8
How they fared last week:
Meyers 51, Susquehanna 27
Wyoming Area 29, Lake-Lehman 7
Meyers: Jeff Labatch (4th season, 23-17)
Wyoming Area: Randy Spencer (11th season, 59-56)
Players to watch
Running back Kevin Dessoye is averaging 5.3 yards per carry.
Darrian Tyson has 373 yards rushing and 251 yards receiving.
Wide receiver Brian Williams is averaging 16.2 yards per reception.
Running back Corey Mruk is averaging 7.9 yards per carry.
After losing two of its first three games, Meyers has put together a three-game winning streak. The Mohawks have allowed 33 points during the streak and have scored 134. Darrian Tyson has fit nicely into the Meyers offensive scheme. He is averaging 12.4 yards per carry, and 17.9 yards per reception. Running back Nazir Dunnel is the game-changer. He is averaging 11.8 yards per carry and has rushed for seven touchdowns. Overall, the Mohawks have 26 rushing touchdowns and are averaging 7.0 yards per carry. Reese Patronick is another pass-catching threat with 10 receptions for 150 yards. Meyers is allowing 233.5 yards and 19.3 points per game. The offense is averaging 373.1 yards and 35.8 points. Wyoming Area has scored 33 points in the first half of its last three games. The Warriors are outscoring their opponents 250-42. Of those 42 points, 14 have come in the first half, while 21 have come in the third quarter. The offense is averaging 346.8 yards and a conference-best 41.6 points per game. The Warriors have the top-ranked defense in the WVC, allowing 98.1 yards and 7 points per game. Quarterback Dom DeLuca is completing 43.1 percent of his passes and averages 14.8 yards per completion. He has thrown for 369 yards and nine touchdowns. He has been intercepted three times. DeLuca leads the team in interceptions with four, and kicker Aleah Kranson has kicked 24 extra points and has a made field goal from 22 yards out.
Keys to the game
1. Keep the quarterback clean
This will be the case for both teams, but especially Wyoming Area. Last week, QB Dom DeLuca attempted more passes under pressure than coach Randy Spencer would have liked. As the Warriors offensive line continues to evolve, the group up front will need to keep DeLuca upright and allow him to open up the passing game.
2. Space Invaders
The advantage Meyers will hold in this game is it has the athletes that can create separation and find the holes in the defense and make big plays. Wyoming Area is going to have to limit the amount of open touches the Meyers skill players get. They have the capability of breaking a big play each time they touch the ball. And operating out of the spread, the Mohawks will look to take advantage of any mismatches they can find.
3. Chain reaction
Wyoming Area can pound the ball and grind out yards and has the ability to extend drives. Meyers has more of a quick strike offense with two rushers averaging over 10 yards per carry. The longer either defense can keep the other behind the chains, that is where the advantage will land. The more a team is placed in uncomfortable down-and-distance situations, the more difficult it will be to move the ball.
Wyoming Area has been the Wyoming Area everyone expected it to be before the season began. The Warriors are playing well on both sides of the ball. Even after getting off to a slow start by their standards the last three weeks, they have still found a way to get the job done and remain undefeated. Meyers is an example of a team that does what it does, but does it well. With a variety of ways to get their playmakers involved in the offense, the Mohawks can be a very difficult team to defend. The momentum from a six-game winning streak to start the season is very difficult to ignore. Especially with one of those wins coming last week against a physical Lake-Lehman team that had the Warriors on the ropes in the first half. When Wyoming Area is playing well, the fans come out and the crowds are enthusiastic and loud. With this game being played at home, the Warriors will have a pretty big advantage. Look for Wyoming Area to get out to an early lead and then chew up clock and keep the Meyers playmakers on offense off the field.
Wyoming Area 28, Meyers 13