Rams Edge Muncy on Gridiron
Wyalusing Valley forced four Muncy turnovers, converting one into a first-quarter touchdown, en route to a 7-6 victory at Peterson Stadium on Sept. 16.
“We did enough to win,” Ram head coach Jim Huffman said after his team won for the first time in three tries this season. “They needed to win just to prove to themselves that they can.”
Tyler Thompson’s two-yard scoring run with a minute left in the first quarter, coupled with Jordan Anderson’s extra-point kick, gave the Rams all the points they needed to notch their first victory of the season.
Dan Frankenfield, who led all rushers with 116 yards, gained 63 of them on the 70-yard, 13-play scoring drive.
The march was set up by Dylan Otis’s fumble recovery that choked off a promising Muncy drive.
Wyalusing’s defense, which had given up over 300 yards each in road losses at Athens and South Williamsport to open the season, played its best game to date, holding the Indians to 188 yards.
The Rams had several key defensive stands, allowing Thompson’s score to hold up.
Anthony Benninger recovered a Muncy fumble on the Ram 21 midway through the second quarter, stopping one threat.
Late in the half, Wyalusing drove to the Muncy 6, but that threat ended when Rijad Sabanovich intercepted a pass in the end zone.
Two plays later, Wyalusing’s Chris McDonald intercepted a Muncy pass with eight seconds left in the half.
With five minutes left in the third quarter, Clayton Force recovered a Muncy fumble on the Indian 13.
“The defense came alive tonight,” Huffman said. “I’m very happy with that.”
However, Muncy’s defense, which held the Rams to 135 total yards, rose up, throwing Frankenfield for an 11-yard loss, and Chris Secules sacked quarterback Aaron Johnson twice to turn back the threat.
Muncy made life miserable for Johnson, who was sacked six times for 38 yards during the game.
“I don’t know where our offense went,” Huffman said. “How many times were we knocking on the door? Two, three times and only scored once. We’ve got to finish.”
With 4:46 left in the game, Muncy’s Jake Colburn recovered a fumble on the Ram 23.
Three plays later, Secules scored on a 10-yard run, pulling the Indians within one point with 3:38 to play.
The Indians lined up to kick the extra point, but Sabanovich, the holder, attempted a pass into the end zone that was batted away by Johnson to preserve the lead.
The Rams were forced to punt after the kickoff, but held on downs on the Muncy 41 to end the game.
Dan Frankenfield, Chris McDonald and Jon Shoemaker were Wyalusing’s co-captains. …A mixed officiating crew, including some NTL chapter officials, worked the game. …Muncy had a “fifth” down on their final possession of the game. …Wyalusing’s Paul Fusco batted down a pass in the first quarter. …Brandon Kelley covered a short kick after Muncy’s touchdown. …Wyalusing, now 1-2, overall, hosts Troy, also 1-2, Friday. Game time at Peterson Stadium is 7 p.m.