TUNKHANNOCK — Wyoming Valley West spread the ball around as six different players scored touchdowns en route to a 48-6 victory over Tunkhannock on the road Friday.
The Spartans jumped out to a 28-0 lead in the first quarter to take care of the injury-ridden Tigers.
“I was really happy with the way they came out,” Valley West coach Pat Keating said. “They came out with a mature attitude and they played hard.”
Matt Baur highlighted the opening drive of the game, going 2-2 including a 19-yard touchdown pass to Michael Sands to give Valley West a 7-0 lead.
Three plays into the Tigers’ first drive, Tunkhannock quarterback Brian Beauchemin exited the game with an ankle injury and did not return. The injury was a blow to an already banged-up Tunkhannock squad. Ryan Cywinski, Brett Stage and Joey Leon all didn’t play for the Tigers.
“We lost our four best athletes, and that’s eight guys for us because they play both ways,” Tunkhannock coach Rod Azar said. “We’ve got to get as many of those guys back and healthy as we can.”
After a three-and-out, Valley West’s Jamaar Taylor blocked the ensuing punt to give the Spartans the ball in Tunkhannock territory. The Spartans took advantage of the field position as Eric Acosta finished off a two-play drive with a 12-yard touchdown run.
The Valley West defense continued its dominance on the ensuing Tunkhannock possession, compiling two sacks and a forced fumble. The Spartans swarmed Ryan Ell all night, sacking him five times.
After recovering the fumble, the Spartans scored their third touchdown of the first quarter when Baur found Alex Barilla on a crossing route who rumbled for a 59-yard touchdown.
After another Tunkhannock three-and-out, Sean Judge caught the ensuing punt on the Valley West 35-yard line and scampered for a 65-yard touchdown, to give the Spartans a 28-0 advantage before the end of the first quarter.
Troy Yashinski added a 42-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, while Devon Weidman became the sixth Valley West player to reach the end zone on a 10-yard run with 14 seconds remaining in the game.
Despite the deficit and the injuries, the Tigers continued to fight. Senior Shane Edmondson scored on a 20-yard screen pass from Ell in the third quarter.
“Tunkhannock didn’t quit,” Keating said. “All the respect to those guys. Their kids fought right down to the wire.”
Edmondson compiled 42 yards rushing, 20 yards receiving and one sack to lead the Tigers on senior night.
“It’s a great group of seniors and I’m very proud of them,” Azar said. “They’ve been with me since I got the job three years ago and I feel like they have moved the program forward.”
The Spartans will face Hazleton Area at home next, which is the first of three tough games to end the regular season.
“Two out of our next three are big conference 4A games,” Keating said. “Hazleton is always a big game and they’re always a team that’s going to come out and play us very hard. We have to have a great week of preparation and get ready for those guys.”
Wyoming Valley West 48, Tunkhannock 6
Wyoming Valley West`28`14`0`6`—`48
WVW — Michael Sands 19 pass from Matt Baur (Ian Ultsh kick), 9:09
WVW — Eric Acosta 12 run (Ultsh kick), 6:47
WVW — Alex Barilla 59 pass from Baur (Ultsh kick), 6:47
WVW — Sean Judge 65 punt return (Ultsh kick), 1:04
WVW — Troy Yashinski 42 run (Ultsh kick), 10:57
WVW — Acosta 15 pass from Brady Davison (Ultsh kick), 6:38
TUN — Shane Edmondson 20 pass from Ryan Ell (Brian Muckin run fail), 6:02
WVW — Devon Weidman 10 run (kick fail), 0:14
RUSHING — WVW, Acosta 4-21, Judge 3-(minus-3), Yashinski 2-40, Baur 1-37, Bill Davison 2-13, Brady Davison 1-(minus-7), Dasheym Weeks 2-11, Michael Baird 7-70, Weidman 1-10; TUN, Brian Beauchemin 2-1, Edmondson 13-42, Ell 8-(-36), Brandon Dailey 9-34, Nick Thomas 2-45.
PASSING — WVW, Baur 4-5-0-118, Davison 2-2-0-26; TUN, Ell 5-11-0-75, Beauchemin 1-1-0-3.
RECEIVING — WVW, Sands 2-27, Jermichael Bunch 1-32, Barilla 1-59, Baur 1-11, Acosta 1-15; TUN, Mike Markovitz 4-21, Dave LoBuono 1-37, Edmondson 1-20.