WVHS Football: Troy Blanks Rams
Troy scored two touchdowns over a 64-second span in the third quarter to take command in a 26-0 win over Wyalusing Valley on Sept. 23.
In a game played through intermittent showers at Peterson Stadium, Troy’s defense forced three turnovers and held the Rams to 141 total yards.
Leading 6-0 on Jed Wright’s 33-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, Troy converted a pair of Wyalusing turnovers into touchdowns, essentially sealing the victory.
Lucas Havens set up the first third-quarter score with an interception return from the Ram 42 to the 11.
Three plays later, Tanner Bulkley scored on a four-yard run. Josh MacClaren’s ensuing extra-point kick gave Troy a 13-0 lead with 6:44 left in the stanza.
After the kickoff, Troy’s Delbert Lewis recovered a Ram fumble on the Wyalusing 35.
On first down, Havens found Zack Root for a touchdown pass with 5:40 remaining in the third quarter.
Wyalusing’s Chris McDonald blocked the PAT attempt, leaving the score, 19-0.
Troy added an insurance touchdown with 8:00 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Havens scored on a 14-yard run to cap an eight-play, 39-yard march. MacClaren added the extra point.
In the first quarter, Wyalusing ran 16 offensive plays, including 13 on an impressive march after the opening kickoff. But that initial threat, which reached Troy’s 17, died with a fourth-down sack at the Troy 26.
The closest the Rams came to scoring again was late in the fourth quarter. Starting at their own 4, the Rams reached Troy’s 21 on three carries for 37 yards by Tim Ace and a 37-yard hookup between Aaron Johnson and McDonald.
Wright’s long touchdown run in the second quarter capped a four-play, 44-yard march.
Jordan Anderson, Joey Champluvier and Ryan Hart were Wyalusing’s co-captains. …A bank of lights tripped on the visitors’ side of the field in the first quarter, but the field was still lit better than several league venues with full lighting. …Aaron Johnson intercepted a pass to turn back a Troy threat in the second quarter. …Zane Vaskas, the Rams’ starting center, suffered a first-half concussion and was removed by ambulance. …Wyalusing, now 1-3, overall, and 1-1 in the Northern Tier League Small School standings, travels to Canton on Saturday, Oct. 1. Canton, 3-1, and 1-0 in Small School action, defeated Cowanesque Valley, 49-12, last week. Game time at Miller A. Moyer Stadium is 1:30 p.m.