POTTSVILLE >> Wyomissing football coach Bob Wolfrum enjoys bringing the Spartans to Pottsville’s Veterans Memorial Stadium more than any other road venue.
He likes the old school feeling of the place, which was built in 1933.
“I love coming here,” Wolfrum said. “I’m a guy who likes tradition.”
Wyomissing relied on its tradition, the Wing-T offense, to run over the Crimson Tide 42-14 Friday night in a non-league game.
Fullback Tommy Grabowski carried 17 times for 108 yards and two touchdowns as the Spartans (2-0) rolled up 274 yards and five scores overall on the ground.
“It was crazy important to establish the run,” Grabowski said. “The line did an amazing job up front. We had huge holes. I felt like they (Pottsville) were tired. We just kept driving down the field. I felt like we were physically stronger than them.”
Defensively, Wyomissing limited Pottsville (1-1) to 38 total yards and one first down in the first 30 minutes. By then, the Spartans had built an insurmountable 35-0 lead. They also forced four turnovers, interceptions by Drew Eisenhower and Charlie McIntyre and fumble recoveries by Ja-mhi Jackson and Julian DiMaio.
“We played really well on defense,” McIntyre said. “They barely got any first downs on us. We knew their quarterback (Jazce Carabello-Snowell) and their running back (Travontai Davis) were athletic. We just had to stop them and we did.”
On the Spartans’ last trip to Pottsville, they won 21-20 in double overtime two years ago. It wasn’t nearly that close this time.
The Tide could not stop the Spartans after the first series. Wyomissing drove 81 yards in 12 plays for its first score, the first of two 1-yard runs by Grabowski. After Eisenhower’s pretty pick, McIntyre scored from the 1 a few minutes later to make it 14-0.
The Spartans dominated the first half and outgained Pottsville 166-40.
“We really moved the ball well,” Wolfrum said. “There were a number of times tonight when I heard some real hits and went, ‘Oooh.’ Our kids blocked very well and executed.
“When we started using the fullback, other stuff opened up. We used an awful lot of unbalanced lines and we jumped our tackles. They (the Tide) were running around and not in their normal positions.”
Eisenhower ran 10 times for 70 yards and one touchdown; Jackson carried five times for 45 yards and a score; and Amory Thompson had 30 yards and another touchdown on eight carries.
“Any time you drive the field running the ball, that’s tough,” Wolfrum said. “You can throw the ball for 300 yards and not win a game. But if you run the ball for 300, it’s hard to lose a game. We had the ball the whole game. That’s demoralizing.”
Pottsville scored two touchdowns against Wyomissing reserves, a 50-yard run by Davis and backup quarterback Tejay Allen’s 6-yard pass to Zach Ott.
The Spartans quickly answered when McIntyre returned the ensuing kickoff 81 yards down the sideline for a touchdown to close out an impressive victory.
“We thought it was going to be an onside kick,” McIntyre said. “I was just playing back. I bobbled it at first. Then I saw the edge and I just took it to the house.
“It’s been a while since I did that, probably since junior high or mites. It was great. No one could catch me.”
Or the Spartans.
Source: Berkshire mont