WVHS Football: Black Knights Retain Bronze Helmet
Towanda converted five Wyalusing Valley turnovers into three first-half touchdowns en route to a 41-6 Bronze Helmet Game victory at Endless Mountains Athletic Complex on Nov. 4.
The victory was Towanda’s tenth straight between the two schools. Wyalusing now clings to a 15-14 advantage in the series.
Towanda, which improved to 8-1 with the victory, broke the ice on a thrilling 52-yard run by Mason Roof, who wove his way through the Rams’ defense, one play after Zach Ripic’s interception.
Roof booted the first of five extra points for a 7-0 lead with 5:29 left in the first quarter.
On Wyalusing’s ensuing possession, Jevin Vanderpool’s sack forced a fumble that was recovered by Edward Fetterman on the Ram 16.
Jeremy Allyn recovered a Towanda fumble on the very next play to turn back the threat.
After a Wyalusing punt, the Black Knights needed just five plays to hit paydirt as Trey Sites hit Ripic with a 30-yard touchdown pass with 1:39 to play in the first half.
Wyalusing answered with an 80-yard scoring drive.
Tyler Thompson capped the 10-play march with a three-yard run at 8:53 of the second quarter.
Aaron Johnson found Dan Frankenfield for completions of 35 and 20 yards to keep the drive alive. The 35-yard completion came on third-and-six, while the 20-yarder came on fourth down at the Towanda 26.
Towanda followed with three unanswered scores to end the first half.
It took the Black Knights 13 plays to cover 68 yards as Sites scored on a one-yard plunge.
Towanda surprised the Rams with a 27-yard pass from Ripic to Vanderpool while in punt formation on fourth-and-13 at the Wyalusing 47.
Joey Daniello recovered an errant pitch on Wyalusing’s next possession.
Three plays later, Sites, who threw for 148 yards, found Ripic for a 32-yard touchdown pass with 1:05 left in the half.
On Wyalusing’s next possession, Casey Huff scooped up a Ram fumble and scored from the 15 with 50 seconds left before halftime.
Clayton Force blocked Roof’s extra-point kick, leaving the score at 34-6 entering the intermission.
Towanda scored on its first possession of the second half to invoke the 35-point mercy rule.
Jordan Dawsey capped the 58-yard, 10-play march with a four-yard touchdown run at 4:38 of the third quarter.
With Towanda’s reserves on the field, Wyalusing put together a last-ditch drive deep into Black Knight territory.
Brandon Dinelli, on the game’s final play, intercepted a pass at the goalline to end the game.
A late arriving crowd attended the game on a brisk, windy early November evening. …Wyalusing’s Dan Frankenfield gained 145 yards on the ground, including 66 on the final drive, to reach 1,005 for the season. …Towanda had three potential touchdown passes dropped by its usually sure-handed receiving corps in the game. Brandon Dinelli was also robbed of a touchdown on his interception at the end of the game when a penalty behind the play nullified what would have been a 100-yard interception return. …Towanda did not have to punt once in the game. …Wyalusing concluded the season with a 3-7 record.