Unblemished: Wyoming Area Passes Latest Test, Moves To 7-0
WEST PITTSTON — Sure, the schedule has favored Wyoming Area.
The Warriors’ first five opponents — each beaten by blowout margins — entered Friday with a combined record of 7-23.
Although Weeks 6 and 7 figured to present a challenge, Wyoming Area will still enter Week 8 as an undefeated team.
The Warriors passed their latest test Friday against Meyers, as junior running back Corey Mruk ran wild for 190 yards and four touchdowns on 18 carries in a 45-6 win in Wyoming Valley Conference football.
“It’s very gratifying,” said head coach Randy Spencer, whose Warriors are 7-0 for the first time in his 11 seasons. “But, it’s gratifying because of the way the team is approaching the season. Senior night tonight for these guys — it’s not easy to play consistently. You see it on every level, to be at an emotional high and be able to play at that high level and be focused and disciplined and poised game after game.”
Despite being the bigger, stronger, faster team in most instances, Wyoming Area did start slow recently against Nanticoke Area, GAR and Lake-Lehman.
That was corrected Friday as Wyoming Area scored touchdowns on its first three possessions and coasted to a 31-0 halftime lead against Meyers.
“I thought we did a great job tonight of focusing in, driving the ball, scoring, and then kind of putting our foot on the gas and standing on it,” Spencer said.
Mruk led Wyoming Area’s offense, running for touchdowns of 7, 52, 30 and 7 yards each. He also ran in a 2-point conversion, while three kickers — F.J. Braccini, Aleah Kranson, Jayden Rusyn — made extra points.
Quarterback Dominic DeLuca also had a few highlights, including his 34-yard touchdown throw in the first quarter to a wide-open Derek Ambrosino.
DeLuca later had a perfectly timed sprint option to the edge on 4th and 5, where he pitched to Mruk as a tackler approached. Mruk took the toss 30 yards for the score.
“The line stayed focused, did what we had to do, got our blocks done, and (Mruk) ran for a good game,” said senior tackle Cameron Carr.
Carr was also in on several defensive stops as a defensive end, as Meyers was held to only 2.1 yards per carry and 3.6 yards per pass attempt.
Spencer touted Meyers’ players as dynamic, saying the Mohawks are a team “that make you defend almost every blade of grass.”
But Meyers was unable to score against Wyoming Area until the fourth quarter, when Kevin Dessoye — who finished with 34 yards on seven carries — ran in a touchdown.
“You just gotta rely on each other, believe in your scheme, know where your help is,” Spencer said of his defense. “And I thought our skill guys on the second level really did a great job of that tonight.”
While Wyoming Area improved to 7-0, Meyers dropped to 4-3.
Wyoming Area will play at winless Holy Redeemer next Saturday. Meyers will host Mid Valley.
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