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Wyomissing runs past Scranton Prep in PIAA Class 3A football quarterfinal

The Wing-T has been a key factor throughout Wyomissing’s undefeated season to control the time of possession and win games.

The Spartans executed their game plan to perfection in a 35-14 win over Scranton Prep in Saturday’s PIAA Class 3A quarterfinal game at Gov. Mifflin.

Wyomissing (14-0) limited the Cavaliers to 92 total yards in the first half and scored rushing touchdowns on five of their seven possessions.

The Spartans started off strong by holding the Cavaliers to a three-and-out on the opening drive and getting the ball in Scranton Prep territory after a 24-yard punt return by Amory Thompson. Tommy Grabowski led the way for the Spartans on the drive, picking up two first downs and a 2-yard rushing touchdown to give Wyomissing a 7-0 lead.

The momentum continued when, after the score, Wyomissing kicker Ian Levering hit a short kickoff that caught the Cavaliers off guard. Two returners collided while trying to catch the kickoff, which led to a fumble recovery by Wyomissing’s Ryker Jones at the Scranton Prep 31.

“We do a lot of those pooch kicks, and you never know when one is going to fall into someone who is not used to handling kicks,” said Wyomissing coach Bob Wolfrum. “That was a killer for them, changing the game like that. We got a big stop on third and short during the first series, but to score and then get the kickoff back; that’s a backbreaker.”

Wyomissing put the ball in the end zone once again when Drew Eisenhower ran for 7 yards on a misdirection to jump out to a commanding 14-0 lead just six minutes into the first quarter.

With the pressure mounting on Scranton Prep, Robert Rossi fooled the Spartans with a fake punt and ran for 40 yards to the Wyomissing 8. Liam Barrett then scored on a 1-yard run on fourth down as the Cavaliers cut the deficit to 14-7 with 11:20 left in the second quarter.

Wyomissing’s dominant ground game wasted no time in responding. Eisenhower put the Spartans in the red zone with a 26-yard run and then scored on a 9-yard run. The Cavaliers had no answer.

“We were able to get outside on jet sweeps and after they started biting on that we went up the middle,” said Eisenhower, who finished with 134 yards and two rushing touchdowns. “We were just clicking on all cylinders today.”

After a blocked extra point kept the score 20-7, momentum shifted again on Scranton Prep’s next drive. Star running back London Montgomery left the game with a shoulder injury and did not return.

The Spartans received the ball to start the second half and executed a 12-play, 66-yard drive that spanned more than six minutes and ended with a 2-yard touchdown run by Grabowski. It eliminated any realistic chance at a Cavaliers comeback.

“I said, ‘We don’t necessarily need to score on this drive but we need to take some time off the clock,’” Wolfrum said he told his players at halftime. “Any time you can take two-thirds of a quarter while having the ball, it’s good even if you don’t score, but when you do score it’s even better.”

A late rushing touchdown by Thompson and a Scranton Prep touchdown pass from Sean Monahan to Rossi closed out the scoring.

Wyomissing will play Neumann-Goretti in the PIAA Class 3A semifinals next weekend in a matchup that linebacker Aiden Mack knows his team will need to diligently prepare all week for.

“We’ve been watching a little film on them because we figured we would play them but the preparation really starts Monday,” Mack said.

Source: Berkshire mont

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