WVHS Football: Redskins Shock Rams
Sayre used a quick-striking and relentless ground attack to stun Wyalusing Valley, 27-7, on Parents’ Night at Peterson Stadium on Oct. 28.
The Redskins, now 5-4, scored on runs of 43, 42 and 38 yards in the first half of the Northern Tier League Small School finale for both squads.
Sayre finished Small School play with a 3-2 record, while Wyalusing, 3-6, overall, dropped to 2-3 in the division.
Before a small crowd on a nearly perfect late October evening, the Redskins piled up 313 yards on the ground.
In contrast, the Rams managed just 156 total yards with Dan Frankenfield accounting for 117 of them, including 103 yards rushing.
After forcing a Ram punt on the opening possession of the game, Sayre needed just three plays to get on the board.
Kyle Post raced 43 yards to give Sayre a 6-0 lead with 8:06 to play in the first quarter.
Jesse Dugatis set up Sayre’s next score with an interception that gave the Redskins the ball on Wyalusing’s 24.
Five plays later, Alex Lyons bulled in from the 5 with 5:10 to play in the opening stanza. James Harbst booted the extra point for a 13-0 lead.
Wyalusing responded with its best drive of the night, marching 60 yards in 12 plays.
Dylan Otis bulled in from the Sayre 1 five seconds into the second quarter. Otis also added the extra point, cutting the Sayre lead to six, 13-7.
A 20-yard scramble by Ram quarterback Aaron Johnson kept the drive alive in its early stages. Later, a 14-yard completion to Jeremy Allyn inside the Sayre 1 set up the score.
Sayre answered with a six-play, 66-yard scoring drive, capped by Dugatis’s 42-yard run with 9:50 left in the first half.
Leading 19-7 after the failed extra-point kick, Sayre gambled, attempting an onside kick. The ploy worked as Jeremy Kyc recovered the kick at the Ram 41.
Two plays later, Al Bodolus broke loose on a 38-yard touchdown run.
Dugatis scored the two-point conversion with 9:04 left to end the night’s scoring.
Both teams wasted scoring opportunities in the second half.
Sayre took the opening kickoff in the third quarter and drove to the Ram 18. But that drive stalled when Frankenfield recovered a fumble on the 26.
On their ensuing two possessions, the Rams drove to the Sayre 28 and 9, but came up dry both times. Post intercepted a pass to choke off the first scoring threat. A dead-ball personal foul penalty after Tyler Thompson had given the Rams a first-and-goal at the 9 allowed Sayre to hold on downs on the second drive.
With 6:09 left to play in the game, the Redskins drove from their own 15 to the Ram 16 to run out the clock. Sayre converted three third downs and once on fourth down to keep the march alive.
“We played them even in the second half,” a disappointed Ram head coach Jim Huffman said. “Three big plays killed us.”
Jordan Anderson, Joey Champluvier, Ryan Hart and Tracey LaFrance were Wyalusing’s co-captains. …Two kickoffs—one for each team—went out of bounds. …Ten of Wyalusing’s 48 offensive snaps resulted in negative yardage. …Randy Wheeler won the Extra Point Club raffle with a grand prize of a trip to Las Vegas. …Wyalusing concludes the season with the annual Bronze Helmet Game at Towanda on Friday, Nov. 4. The Black Knights, now 7-1, defeated Wellsboro last weekend, 30-14. Game time at Endless Mountains Regional Stadium is 7 p.m.