Wyomissing took care of business at home Saturday afternoon with a 49-0 win over Donegal in a Lancaster-Lebanon League Section 4 football game.
Coming off a closely-contested 28-14 win against Elco, Wyomissing made quick work of the Indians (0-3, 2-4) on the way to its first shutout win of the year, scoring 21 points in the first quarter and 35 points in the first half.
The Spartans (3-0, 6-0), who won their 41st straight regular season game, had 214 yards rushing and 102 yards passing in the first half, and seven different players scored touchdowns.
“It got out of hand early,” Spartans coach Bob Wolfrum said. “Our JV (players) had a series in the first half, and I hate to do that, but it just got out of hand. So everybody got to play and we had a lot of people score.”
Senior linebacker Drew Forrey got Wyomissing off to a hot start as he intercepted Brock Hammaker on the second play of the game and returned the ball 28 yards for a touchdown.
Hammaker was under heavy pressure and got hit as he threw, allowing Forrey to easily corral a loosely thrown ball.
“I think it was Caleb (Brewer) or Collin (Niedrowski) hit him or maybe both,” Forrey said. “They both got their pressure and then the ball was spinning up in the air waiting for me to jump up and get it. I’m just happy that it was that easy for me.”
In addition to a stifling defense that allowed the Indians to pick up just two first downs in the first half, the Spartans executed their strong rushing attack with little trouble early on.
Sophomore Chase Eisenhower capped Wyomissing’s first offensive possession with a 41-yard rushing touchdown that completed a three-play, 50-yard drive.
The Spartans’ passing game got into the mix on the next drive when senior quarterback Logan Hyde connected with a wide-open Ryker Jones in stride on a seam route for a 63-yard touchdown.
The play was just Jones’ second offensive snap of the season as he has been recovering from a knee injury. It gave Wyomissing a 21-0 lead with 5:10 to play in the first quarter. Jones ran for a 7-yard gain on the previous play.
“I was really, really happy; I felt good doing it,” Jones said on scoring his first touchdown of the season. “I was really happy to just be on the field with my friends again and to be able to play offense again. It was a great throw from Logan; an absolutely perfect throw. There was great protection from the O-line so it all worked out.”
Jones, a senior and Princeton University commit at running back and linebacker, injured his knee in last year’s PIAA semifinal loss against Neumann-Goretti and has seen time on defense over the past two games.
With his knee close to full strength, Jones said he is not having any trouble playing on both sides of the ball.
“My knee feels great,” Jones said. “It doesn’t hurt when I’m doing anything like that. It feels really good (on) offense, defense, whatever.”
A 1-yard touchdown run by sophomore fullback Tyler Niedrowski, as well as a 25-yard touchdown pass from freshman quarterback Teddy White to senior wide receiver Jake Neff gave the Spartans a 35-0 lead at the half.
White avoided a sack and rolled right to keep the play alive before finding Neff open and lofting a ball to him while in motion.
The Spartans scored on every possession of the first half with the exception of their final one, when Hyde took a knee at the Donegal 15 with 35 seconds left.
Wyomissing held the Indians and their option offense to 61 yards rushing and 16 yards passing in the game.
“In practice, we were really stressing just getting every responsibility with the option: the dive man, the quarterback and the pitch,” Forrey said. “And I think for the most part today, we did a pretty good job of that. There were maybe one or two plays where someone might have messed up the responsibility, but other than that, I think we were all over it.”
In the second half, senior running back Jeremiah Diaz scored a 9-yard rushing touchdown on Wyomissing’s opening drive of the second half.
Junior running back Tymere Brooks-Gray scored a 1-yard rushing touchdown with 7:55 left in the game to close out the scoring.
Wyomissing returns to action next week for a key matchup on the road against Cocalico (3-0, 5-1) in a game that could have serious implications for the Section 4 trophy.
According to Wolfrum, his team will have to be ready for an option offense as he said he believes the Eagles will run it with more strength that what the short-handed Indians presented on Saturday.
“It’s not particularly what we would want to have for a game the week before we get Cocalico; we’d like to have worked a little harder,” Wolfrum said. “But the good thing was, they (the Indians) are an option team as is Cocalico. So that helped a little bit but they had some kids out and they weren’t at full strength.
“I would have liked to have gotten them at full strength, but it was option football so we got that work in. We still need to get better at it because Cocalico does it (the option) faster and better than anybody I know.”
Source: Berkshire mont