WVHS Football: South Stampedes Rams
Matt Bartholomew rushed for 119 yards and a pair of scores to lead South Williamsport to a 33-20 win over Wyalusing Valley on Monday, Sept. 12.
Brandon Stonge added three touchdowns for the Mountaineers, who piled up 329 yards over the soggy and overgrown turf at Rodney K. Morgans Stadium.
Wyalusing, which hadn’t had a full day of practice since Tuesday, Sept. 6 because of last week’s flooding, looked rusty at times.
The lost week in timing and conditioning certainly showed itself in the second half when South outscored the Rams, 20-6, and outgained them, 168-84. Wyalusing also hurt itself with seven penalties for 73 yards.
Before the season, Ram coach Jim Huffman acknowledged that he had an inexperienced squad that needed “snaps” to improve.
That hasn’t changed for the Rams, who fell to 0-2 with the loss.
“Right now, it’s a lot of little things we’re missing,” Huffman said. “We’ve got to pick it up and get the job done.”
Wyalusing more than held its own in the first half.
After Anthony Benninger’s fumble recovery on the Wyalusing 33, Tyler Thompson’s three-yard touchdown run with 6:55 left in the first quarter gave the Rams a 7-0 lead.
Dan Frankenfield set up the score with a 57-yard run on the first play of the 67-yard scoring march.
Early in the second quarter, Stonge knotted the score with a two-yard touchdown run.
Highlighting the 56-yard trek was a 23-yard hookup from Tyler House to Michael Hall.
After a good kickoff by Chad Johnson, the Rams were on the move when Jonny Pulizzi intercepted a pass at the 5.
Fifteen plays later, Bartholomew scored on four-yard touchdown reception from House for a 13-7 lead with 15 seconds left.
The lead was short-lived.
Wyalusing’s Aaron Johnson scooped up a rolling kickoff at the 20 and weaved his way down the Rams’ sideline for a touchdown to knot the score.
Jordan Anderson’s second extra-point kick gave the Rams a one-point halftime lead.
South took control of the game with two scores in the third quarter.
Bartholomew capped a 69-yard nine-play scoring march to open the stanza with a seven-yard run and a 19-14 lead.
On the final play of the quarter, Stonge, who finished with 68 yards on the ground, scored on a 20-yard run.
Brandon Gantz set up the score with his interception at the Mounties’ 39.
Down 25-14, Wyalusing answered with Aaron Johnson’s 25-yard touchdown pass to Chris McDonald with 8:54 to play, cutting the deficit to five points.
Johnson had a pair of 14-yard scrambles on the 72-yard march.
South closed out the game with a punishing 12-play march, all on the ground. Stonge plunged in from the 1 with 1:35 remaining.
Tyler Weaver snuffed out any Ram comeback hopes with an interception in the final minute.
Tracey LaFrance, Kye Novak and Tyler Thompson were Wyalusing’s co-captains. …A sparse Wyalusing crowd made its way to South Williamsport over the winding detour around flood-damaged Rt. 220. …The fans in attendance got to enjoy another stellar sunset over the West Branch. …Anthony Benninger had a strong first half for the Rams with three tackles for losses and a fumble recovery. …South quarterback Tyler House shredded Wyalusing’s secondary, completing nine-of-11 passes for 120 yards. …Wyalusing hosts Muncy (1-0) in an NTL Small School clash on Friday, Sept. 16, in its home opener. Muncy’s scheduled game with Bloomsburg last weekend was cancelled. … Game time at Peterson Stadium is 7 p.m.