Ahead of what may prove to be his last game at Bob Wolfrum Field, Wyomissing senior Collin Niedrowski arrived in advance to take in the views at what must feel like a second home.
“As soon as I got here, I sat right up there in front of the press box and I just sat and took it all in because you never know with how everything’s gonna play out,” Niedrowski said. “And this could have been our last game (depending on how the District 3 playoff seeding develops), but hopefully, it doesn’t turn out that way.”
If it does turn out that way for the Spartans’ seniors, they sure did their part to go out on a high note as Wyomissing defeated Octorara 41-6 Saturday in a Lancaster-Lebanon League Section 4 game.
The Spartans led 41-0 lead at the half.
Niedrowski, a linebacker and running back, made his mark early on when he blocked a punt on the Braves’ opening drive, giving the Spartans the ball at the Octorara 26.
Senior Evan Blickley recovered the blocked punt. Two plays later, senior Ryker Jones scored on a 6-yard run.
“It’s awesome; I love doing special teams,” Niedrowksi said. “It’s one of my favorite things about this. Getting to run full speed at the punter is awesome.”
While big plays from a few seniors got the scoring started, a big run by freshman running back Justice Hardy ignited what would turn into a first half rout by Wyomissing (5-1, 8-1).
Hardy finished with two touchdowns and 93 yards. He scored on a 26-yard run on the Spartans’ second drive to make it 14-0. Hardy started off running to the left, but made a strong cut back around a linebacker and went across the middle and down the right side for the score.
Hardy’s second touchdown came with 1:43 left in the first half when he received a double reverse and ran 35 yards for what would be the Spartans’ final score.
In addition, senior quarterback Logan Hyde threw two touchdown passes and finished with 89 passing yards. His first TD of the day came on a 50-yard play-action pass to senior Ethan Brower with 7:22 to go in the second quarter.
“It feels really good,” Hyde said. “I got to connect with Ethan Brown and he’s been my guy for a few years now and it was so satisfying, especially on Senior Day.
“He ran a post into the middle and we had a wheel route on the outside. I saw the corner sit and the safety kind of paused a little bit so Ethan just slipped right behind him and he was wide open. He’s very quick.”
Hyde threw his second touchdown to Derek Macrina from 9 yards out with 3:40 remaining in the second to complete a three-play, 31-yard drive.
Sophomore Chase Eisenhower found a hole up the middle and scored a 37-yard rushing touchdown with 10:11 left in the first half.
Wyomissing recorded 227 rushing yards and 89 passing yards while holding Octorara (0-6, 2-7) to just 11 yards of total offense and two first downs in the first half. Perhaps the only blemish of the first half for the Spartans came in the penalty department as Wyomissing tallied 60 yards on four penalties.
“We wanted to throw a little bit and we knew we had to do that early because it was pretty evident as the game got underway that it was gonna be a lopsided score and we don’t want to run it up on anybody,” Wyomissing coach Bob Wolfrum said. “We had our varsity guys out at halftime, so we had to try and throw early and at least we got a little bit of a chance to.
“I thought we were pretty sharp except for penalties. We’ve been killing ourselves with penalties all year. It seems like every time we get a big play, it comes back. So we got to fix that, but other than that, I thought we were sharp today.”
For Hyde, the experience of spending his football career playing for Wolfrum has been a privilege he will always cherish. The Spartans close their regular season Friday at Lampeter-Strasburg before the District 3 playoffs begin.
“This could be the seniors’ last game on this field depending on how next week goes,” Hyde said, “and I just want to say it’s been so awesome playing on this field my whole life. It’s been an honor, especially playing for Coach Wolfrum. It means so much to all of us.”
Source: Berkshire mont