WVC football: Wyoming Area moves to 7-0 behind strong run game

By Tom Robinson - For Times Leader
Meyers’ Darrian Tyson looks for running room against Wyoming Area Friday night in West Pittston. - Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
Wyoming Area quarterback Dominic DeLuca throws a pass under pressure from Meyers linebacker Kevin Dessoye as referee Chuck Suppon watches the action Friday night in West Pittston. - Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
Wyoming Area’s Derek Ambrosino, right, celebrates his 34-yard touchdown catch against Meyers with teammate Zajquay Williamson Friday night in West Pittston. - Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
Meyers’ Resse Patronick gets around the left corner against Wyoming Area Friday night in West Pittston. - - Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
Wyoming Area’s Corey Mruk, left, breaks the tackle of Meyers’ Ryan Judge en route to a 55-yard touchdown run in WVC football action Friday night in West Pittston. - - Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

WEST PITTSTON — Corey Mruk had already run for 190 yards, but he still wanted two more after he appeared to be stopped for the second time on his final carry of the night.

Mruk got them and, with those final two yards, scored his final touchdown of the night, sending the game into the Mercy Rule in the third quarter of Wyoming Area’s 45-6 romp over Meyers in a Wyoming Valley Conference Class 3A/A Division game.

After taking a handoff off left tackle on second-and-five from the 7, Mruk first encountered a Meyers defender near the line of scrimmage. He fought through that and was held up at the 2 by two more would-be tacklers. His forward movement was temporarily halted, but Mruk kept his legs churning and got the pile moving until he could lunge forward into the end zone.

“There was a kid sitting in the hole,” Mruk said. “He stood me up, but I just kept my feet going and kind of got pin-balled around until I saw another hole and kind of dove into the end zone.”

It was Mruk’s fifth trip there on the night, including a two-point conversion run that helped the unbeaten Warriors to their 31-0 halftime lead.

“What a great night for Corey and the offensive line,” Wyoming Area coach Randy Spencer said. “ … I’m so impressed with Corey. He’s so steady and reliable.

“It was great to see him have the kind of night he had tonight behind his offensive line, tight end and fullback.”

Tackles Cameron Carr and Patrick Nelson, guards Matt Wycoski, Michael Amato and Jaryn Polit-Moran and center Bryce Hinkle did much of the work opening the holes.

The interior of the line established its presence early when Wyoming Area went 75 yards in six plays to begin the game. Mruk ran five times for 57 of the yards, going between the guards on four of them and off tackle on the other.

“Coach is always saying, ‘you’ve got to pound the ball’,” Mruk said. “Once you pound the ball, it opens up more options.”

One of them was Dominic DeLuca’s 34-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Derek Ambrosino behind the Meyers defense for a 15-0 lead after one quarter.

DeLuca threw just seven times, but five were completions, all for at least 19 yards.

Mruk sandwiched 52- and 30-yard touchdowns around a safety in the second quarter. The 30-yarder came on a fourth-and-five option pitch that he kept going with around left end until he had the first down, then weaved his way back across the field for the touchdown.

After starting relatively slowly in each of its three previous games, Wyoming Area had its 31-point lead and a 306-15 advantage in total offense with three minutes remaining in the half.

Meyers (4-3) broke the shutout on an 8-yard Kevin Dessoye run midway through the fourth quarter.

Two players who were among those celebrating Senior Night for the Warriors got involved in the last touchdown.

Matt Benton recovered a muffed punt at the 4 and Jevani Sancho scored on second down from the 2.

Wyoming Area 45, Meyers 6

Meyers`0`0`0`6`—`6

Wyoming Area`15`16`7`7`—`45

First quarter

WA – Corey Mruk 7 run (F.J. Braccini kick), 9:33

WA – Derek Ambrosino 34 pass from Dominic DeLuca (Mruk run), 1:05

Second quarter

WA – Mruk 52 run (Braccini kick), 11:22

WA – Safety (Meyers punt snap through end zone), 5:51

WA – Mruk 30 run (Aleah Kranson kick), 3:43

Third quarter

WA – Mruk 7 run (Kranson kick), 4:57

Fourth quarter

MEY – Kevin Dessoye 8 run (kick blocked), 7:04

WA – Jevani Sancho 2 run (Jayden Rusyn kick), 2:37

Team statistics`MEY`WA

First downs`10`15

Rushes-yards`27-53`32-227

Passing yards`81`153

Total yards`134`380

Passing`10-23-0`5-7-1

Sacked-yards lost`3-19`1-5

Punts-avg.`4-44.8`2-35.0

Fumbles-lost`4-1`1-0

Penalties-yards`5-42`3-23

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING — MEY, Kevin Dessoye 7-34, Reese Patronick 2-23, Nazir Dunell 3-16, Darrian Tyson 5-9, Najese Hood 1-3, Tyere Dobson 2-3, Ryan Judge 1-minus 2, Team 1-minus 8, Talee Swinney 5-minus 19. WA, Corey Mruk 18-192, Leo Haros 2-16, Dominic DeLuca 4-15, Jevani Sancho 2-4, Colby Gashi 2-3, Zajquay Williamson 2-2, Vincenzo Giambra 1-0, Jacob Williams 1-minus 5.

PASSING — MEY, Swinney 10-22-0-81, Tyson 0-1-0-0. WA, DeLuca 5-7-1-153.

RECEIVING — MEY, Patronick 4-6, Tyson 3-15, Hood 2-48, Dessoye 1-12. WA, Brian Williams 2-72, Derek Ambrosino 2-53, Dimitri Depietro 1-28.

INTERCEPTIONS — Mey, Tyson 1-18. WA, None.

MISSED FIELD GOALS – None.

Meyers’ Darrian Tyson looks for running room against Wyoming Area Friday night in West Pittston.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_TTL100618HSF-Meyers-WyoArea_5.jpgMeyers’ Darrian Tyson looks for running room against Wyoming Area Friday night in West Pittston. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

Wyoming Area quarterback Dominic DeLuca throws a pass under pressure from Meyers linebacker Kevin Dessoye as referee Chuck Suppon watches the action Friday night in West Pittston.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_TTL100618HSF-Meyers-WyoArea_2.jpgWyoming Area quarterback Dominic DeLuca throws a pass under pressure from Meyers linebacker Kevin Dessoye as referee Chuck Suppon watches the action Friday night in West Pittston. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

Wyoming Area’s Derek Ambrosino, right, celebrates his 34-yard touchdown catch against Meyers with teammate Zajquay Williamson Friday night in West Pittston.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_TTL100618HSF-Meyers-WyoArea_3.jpgWyoming Area’s Derek Ambrosino, right, celebrates his 34-yard touchdown catch against Meyers with teammate Zajquay Williamson Friday night in West Pittston. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

Meyers’ Resse Patronick gets around the left corner against Wyoming Area Friday night in West Pittston.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_TTL100618HSF-Meyers-WyoArea_4.jpgMeyers’ Resse Patronick gets around the left corner against Wyoming Area Friday night in West Pittston. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

Wyoming Area’s Corey Mruk, left, breaks the tackle of Meyers’ Ryan Judge en route to a 55-yard touchdown run in WVC football action Friday night in West Pittston.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_TTL100618HSF-Meyers-WyoArea_1.jpgWyoming Area’s Corey Mruk, left, breaks the tackle of Meyers’ Ryan Judge en route to a 55-yard touchdown run in WVC football action Friday night in West Pittston. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

By Tom Robinson

For Times Leader

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