Two wins away from its first state football championship since 2012, Wyomissing is focused solely on the task at hand this week.
The District 3 champion Spartans (14-0) will take on District 12 champion Neumann-Goretti (13-1) in the PIAA Class 3A semifinals Friday night at 7 at Pennridge High School in Perkasie.
“They’ve done a great job of not looking ahead or behind,” Wyomissing coach Bob Wolfrum said about his players. “That’s how they’ve been all year, and that’s part of the reason we’re successful.”
The Spartans have won 13 of their 14 games this season by 20 points or more. On offense, they’ve scored at least 40 points 11 times.
Wyomissing dominated Scranton Prep 35-14 last week in the state quarterfinals. According to Wolfrum, the Spartans’ success on offense started at the line of scrimmage.
“Our offensive line really did a good job technically and physically,” he said. “We were very physical.”
Neumann-Goretti defeated Danville 28-0 in the quarterfinals, using its advantage in speed to limit the Ironmen to 111 total yards and 12 rushing yards and force three turnovers. The Saints have won 12 in a row since starting the season 1-1.
“They’re very athletic,” Wolfrum said about the Saints. “They have skill people all over the field, and they’re all fast. They’re a handful.”
Neumann-Goretti is led by junior running back Jayden Sumpter, who has rushed for 1,052 yards. Senior quarterback Marqui Adams has thrown for 2,094 yards and 22 touchdowns.
Against Danville, Sumpter carried 17 times for 151 yards and one touchdown and Adams passed for 115 yards and ran for 26. The Saints rushed for 265 yards on 39 attempts one day after they shut out South Philadelphia 54-0 in their annual Thanksgiving Day game.
“We can’t get out of position,” Wolfrum said. “If we’re very disciplined, which has been our strength all year, we can be successful.”
With the matchup being held in Perkasie, Wyomissing will be playing its first neutral-site playoff game in Bucks County since Wolfrum became head coach in 1987. A native of Bucks County, the veteran coach is excited to have family come watch his team play on Friday night.
“It’s always nice to go back home and get a chance to play,” Wolfrum said. “I’m looking forward to that part of it.”
Wyomissing or Neumann-Goretti will advance to the PIAA 3A title game and will play District 7 champion Central Valley or District 6 champ Central on Saturday, Dec. 11, at noon at Hersheypark Stadium.
Central Valley defeated Wyomissing 35-21 for the 3A state championship last year.
Source: Berkshire mont