WVHS Football: Miscues Doom Rams
Canton converted six Wyalusing Valley turnovers into four touchdowns en route to a 44-16 win at Miller A. Moyer Stadium on Oct. 1.
The loss—the fourth in five starts for the Rams—took an all too familiar form. In its last four games, Wyalusing opened with a strong offensive showing but, with the exception of a 7-6 win over Muncy in Week Three, couldn’t sustain the momentum because of numerous miscues.
Through five weeks of play, the Rams are minus seven in the crucial giveaway/takeaway statistic.
In Saturday’s make-or-break Northern Tier League Small School tilt for the Rams, turnovers proved to be their undoing.
Canton’s Jordan Campbell scored the first of his three touchdowns on a one-yard run, capping a 65-yard march with the opening kickoff.
Trailing 6-0, Wyalusing responded with a crisp and efficient 47-yard drive.
Dan Frankenfield, who accounted for 40 of his team-high 54 yards on the march, scored on a five-yard run with 1:39 left in the first quarter.
A bad snap on the extra-point kick worked to Wyalusing’s advantage as holder Kye Novak found Chris McDonald in the end zone. McDonald’s leaping catch gave the Rams their only lead of the day.
Canton responded with a 61-yard scoring trek capped by Campbell’s four-yard run.
Starting with the ensuing kickoff, a wild sequence of events occurred that swung the game irrevocably toward Canton.
First, Canton’s Conner Route made the first of his three fumble recoveries on the Ram 36.
On first down, Canton threw a deep pass that was intercepted by Joey Champluvier.
Two plays later, Nathan Baker fell on another Ram fumble at the Wyalusing 36.
Five plays later, Campbell had his third touchdown of the day when he hauled in a 23-yard pass from Ben Pepper.
Down 18-8 with 7:02 left in the half, the Rams were still in the game, but disaster struck just two plays into their next possession.
Route fell onto another Ram fumble on the Wyalusing 20.
Six plays later, Pepper scored on a five-yard run and a 24-8 halftime lead.
Wyalusing fumbled away the opening kickoff of the second half to the omnipresent Route.
Three plays later, Pepper hit Ryan Kutz for a 30-yard touchdown pass and a 30-8 lead.
Late in the third quarter, Jacob Butcher intercepted a Wyalusing pass, returning it to the Ram 32.
Scott Rockwell capped the six-play drive with a one-yard run.
Brian Jannone kicked the extra point for a 37-8 lead with 10:25 left in the game.
After a short Wyalusing punt gave Canton the ball on the Ram 25, Wes Moore scored on an 11-yard run, which coupled with Jannone’s kick, invoked the 35-point rule with 4:17 left.
Wyalusing, after a strong kickoff return by Champluvier, took advantage of its best field position of the day.
On fourth down at midfield, Champluvier, who was at quarterback in place of the injured Aaron Johnson, caught the Warriors napping as he hit McDonald for a touchdown with 1:21 left.
Champluvier ran in the two-point conversion.
Joey Champluvier, Dan Frankenfield and Aaron Johnson were Wyalusing’s co-captains. …Most of the game was played under raw, misty conditions. …The weather may have been the reason for a very poor turnout by both schools’ fans. …Canton’s average starting field position on its seven scoring drives was the Wyalusing 31. …Wyalusing, now 1-4, overall, and 1-2 in the NTL Small School race, will host Wellsboro (2-3) on Friday, Oct. 7. Game time at Peterson Stadium is 7 p.m.