Wyomissing sets some pretty high standards when it comes to high school football.
The Spartans won the District 3 Class 3A championship last season and played in the PIAA championship game. The goals really haven’t changed much this year.
So despite defeating visiting Boyertown 35-7 in their non-league home opener Saturday afternoon, coach Bob Wolfrum and the Spartans didn’t feel they had a lot to celebrate.
“We had trouble with them all day,” Wolfrum said. “Quite frankly they played a lot harder than we did. I think we’re a much more talented team but they worked harder at it and they played with more spirit than we did.”
Tommy Grabowski rushed for 91 yards and three touchdowns and Wyomissing built a 21-0 lead midway through the second quarter. But the Spartans (3-0) had trouble dominating at the line of scrimmage as the Bears (1-2) made them work for every yard.
“Boyertown is a good team but our mindset wasn’t there today,” Grabowski said. “We need to do better than that. We played well today but we didn’t play to our potential.”
The Spartans got off to a fast start when Ben Zechman threw a 49-yard pass to Aiden Mack to set up their first touchdown. Amory Thompson ran 11 yards for the score to cap a six-play, 77-yard drive to give Wyomissing a 7-0 lead with 8:53 left in the first quarter.
Grabowski scored his first touchdowns on an 8-yard run late in first quarter. Wyomissing made it a three-touchdown lead midway through the second quarter with its best drive of the game. Charles McIntyre scored on an 8-run yard to cap an nine-play, 60-yard drive.
The Wyomissing defense held the Bears in check most of the game, limiting Boyertown to 141 total yards, 106 of that on the ground. But nearly half the rushing yardage came on one play when Leo Egbe scored on a 51-yard run with 2:25 left in the half to trim Wyomissing’s lead to 21-7.
“That’s a young team and he (coach T.J. Miller) had them playing hard,” Wolfrum said.
Wyomissing answered just before halftime when Grabowski scored on a 4-yard run with 15 seconds left.
Grabowski scored the only TD of the second half on a 3-yard run one play after Mack blocked a Boyertown punt. Ian Levering tacked on his fifth extra point.
But Levering had a field goal blocked in the second half and Wyomissing stopped itself with penalties. The Spartans were penalized nine times for 90 yards.
“If we play to our full potential we can be a great team,” Grabowski said. “It was there today but it wasn’t sometimes.”
Source: Berkshire mont