WVC football: Wilkes-Barre Area loses debut in overtime to Crestwood

By John Erzar - [email protected]
Wilkes-Barre Area quarterback Talee Swinney looks to pass against Crestwood Friday night in Wright Township. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader Wilkes-Barre Area quarterback Talee Swinney looks to pass against Crestwood Friday night in Wright Township. - Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
Crestwood’s Ryan Harding, right, gets good yardage against the Wilkes-Barre Area defense Friday night in Wright Township. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader Crestwood’s Ryan Harding, right, gets good yardage against the Wilkes-Barre Area defense Friday night in Wright Township. - Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
Wilkes-Barre Area’s Rafael McCoy, right, races down the left sideline on a kickoff return for a touchdown against Crestwood Friday night. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader Wilkes-Barre Area’s Rafael McCoy, right, races down the left sideline on a kickoff return for a touchdown against Crestwood Friday night. - Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
Crestwood quarterback Ryan Petrosky, left, runs a keeper as Wilkes-Barre Area’s Noah Taylor pursues Friday night in Wright Township. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader Crestwood quarterback Ryan Petrosky, left, runs a keeper as Wilkes-Barre Area’s Noah Taylor pursues Friday night in Wright Township. - - Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
Wilkes-Barre Area quarterback Kam Taylor, left, hands-off to running back Corey Brown against Crestwood Friday night in Wright Township. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader Wilkes-Barre Area quarterback Kam Taylor, left, hands-off to running back Corey Brown against Crestwood Friday night in Wright Township. - - Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
Wilkes-Barre Area defensive back Rafael McCoy, right, intercepts the ball ahead of Crestwood intended receiver Brandon Niemenski Friday night in Wright Township. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader Wilkes-Barre Area defensive back Rafael McCoy, right, intercepts the ball ahead of Crestwood intended receiver Brandon Niemenski Friday night in Wright Township. - - Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
Crestwood’s Ryan Miller, right, runs through a Wilkes-Barre Area tackler Friday night in Wright Township. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader Crestwood’s Ryan Miller, right, runs through a Wilkes-Barre Area tackler Friday night in Wright Township. - - Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

WRIGHT TWP. — Nearly three hours after Wilkes-Barre Area linebacker Aiden Redding scored the first touchdown in the program’s history, another attempt at history fell just inches short.

WBA quarterback Kam Taylor was stopped just before the goal line on a two-point run in overtime as Crestwood held on for a 28-27 victory Friday night, handing the Wolfpack a loss in their first-ever football game.

After Crestwood took a 28-21 lead on a 1-yard run by running back Ryan Miller and kicker Alex Romanoski’s extra point, WBA got its first chance in overtime. The Wolfpack scored on their first play as receiver Rafael McCoy darted around the left side for a 10-yard TD run.

The Wolfpack then decided to try to end the game with a two-point attempt. They loaded up the formation on the right and Taylor took a snap from shotgun formation and raced left. He slipped an initial tackler before he was stopped with no signal from the officiating crew.

WBA players poured onto the field to celebrate only for the officials to decide a few seconds later that Taylor failed to break the goal line.

“It was a great effort,” WBA coach Ciro Cinti said. “Every time they scored, we answered the bell. Our kids never quit. That’s what we’ve been trying to strive for since day one. And they proved it.

“At the end there, the coaching staff was confident in going for the win and that’s what we did. I thought he was in, but you know what, I’m not an official.”

The defensive stand ended a crazy game.

Crestwood ran 48 plays in the first half compared to 11 by WBA, yet the teams went into the locker rooms tied 21-21. That was because the Wolfpack scored in all three phases of the game.

The first was defense as linebacker Corey Brown forced a fumble and Redding scooped up the loose ball and scored from 18 yards out, leading to a 7-7 tie at 1:16 of the first quarter.

“It was an amazing feeling,” said Redding, a senior who attends Coughlin. “I didn’t expect it to be me. But I saw the ball come over to me and I just picked it up and ran.”

Then after Crestwood took a 14-7 lead at 9:16 of the second quarter, McCoy returned the ensuing kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown to knot the game again.

WBA struck again quickly after the Comets went up 21-14 with 1:29 until halftime. Five plays later, WBA quarterback Talee Swinney found receiver Malachi Williams wide open for a 44-yard touchdown.

Neither teams scored in the second half a both had short field goal attempts bang off the left upright.

Miller’s final carry of the game gave him 136 yards on 30 rushes as Crestwood piled up 333 yards to WBA’s 193. It also gave new coach Ryan Arcangeli his first victory.

“Oh my goodness, unbelievable effort,” Arcangeli said. “I’m so happy for our kids, I’m so happy for our coaches. An unbelievable staff. These kids fought for four quarters, but give that team across the way a lot of credit.”

Crestwood 28, Wilkes-Barre Area 27 OT

Wilkes-Barre Area`7`14`0`0`6 — 27

Crestwood`7`14`0`0`7 — 28

First quarter

CRE — Brandon Niemenski 9 pass from Ryan Petrosky (Alex Romanoski kick), 5:35

WBA — Aiden Redding 18 fumble return (Chad Regan kick), 1:16

Second quarter

CRE — Garrett Swank 30 pass from Petrosky (Romanoski kick), 9:16

WBA — Rafael McCoy 80 kick return (Regan kick), 9:03

CRE — Petrosky 1 run (Romanoski kick), 1:29

WBA — Malachi Williams 44 pass from Talee Swinney (Regan kick), 1:00

Overtime

CRE — Ryan Miller 1 run (Romanoski kick)

WBA — McCoy 10 run (run failed)

Team statistics`WBA`CRE

First downs`8`19

Rushes-yards`28-104`62-254

Passing yards`89`79

Total yards`193`333

Passing`4-8-0`6-12-1

Sacked-yards lost`2-11`2-13

Punts-avg.`3-32.3`1-35

Fumbles-lost`5-3`3-2

Penalties-yards`7-85`12-93

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING — WBA, Corey Brown 7-8, Swinney 8-9, Noah Taylor 4-16, Kam Taylor 7-59, McCoy 2-12. Crestwood, Miller 30-126, Jimmy Hawley 4-7, Logan Arnold 6-29, Ryan Harding 3-17, Petrosky 16-48, Anthony Caparuscio 3 -17.

PASSING — WBA, K.Taylor 1-3-0-(minus-3), Swinney 3-4-0-88, Williams 0-1-0-0. Crestwood, Petrosky 6-11-1-79, team 0-1-0-0.

RECEIVING — WBA, Casmir Van Buren 2-8, Williams 1-44, McCoy 1-37. Crestwood, Niemenski 5-49, Swank 1-30.

INTERCEPTIONS — WBA, McCoy 1-0.

MISSED FGs — WBA, 25 WL. Crestwood 27 WL.

Wilkes-Barre Area quarterback Talee Swinney looks to pass against Crestwood Friday night in Wright Township.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/web1_TTL082419HSFB-WBA-Crestwood_6.jpgWilkes-Barre Area quarterback Talee Swinney looks to pass against Crestwood Friday night in Wright Township. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

Crestwood’s Ryan Harding, right, gets good yardage against the Wilkes-Barre Area defense Friday night in Wright Township.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/web1_TTL082419HSFB-WBA-Crestwood_3.jpgCrestwood’s Ryan Harding, right, gets good yardage against the Wilkes-Barre Area defense Friday night in Wright Township. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

Wilkes-Barre Area’s Rafael McCoy, right, races down the left sideline on a kickoff return for a touchdown against Crestwood Friday night.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/web1_TTL082419HSFB-WBA-Crestwood_8.jpgWilkes-Barre Area’s Rafael McCoy, right, races down the left sideline on a kickoff return for a touchdown against Crestwood Friday night. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

Crestwood quarterback Ryan Petrosky, left, runs a keeper as Wilkes-Barre Area’s Noah Taylor pursues Friday night in Wright Township.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/web1_TTL082419HSFB-WBA-Crestwood_4.jpgCrestwood quarterback Ryan Petrosky, left, runs a keeper as Wilkes-Barre Area’s Noah Taylor pursues Friday night in Wright Township. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

Wilkes-Barre Area quarterback Kam Taylor, left, hands-off to running back Corey Brown against Crestwood Friday night in Wright Township.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/web1_TTL082419HSFB-WBA-Crestwood_5.jpgWilkes-Barre Area quarterback Kam Taylor, left, hands-off to running back Corey Brown against Crestwood Friday night in Wright Township. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

Wilkes-Barre Area defensive back Rafael McCoy, right, intercepts the ball ahead of Crestwood intended receiver Brandon Niemenski Friday night in Wright Township.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/web1_TTL082419HSFB-WBA-Crestwood_10.jpgWilkes-Barre Area defensive back Rafael McCoy, right, intercepts the ball ahead of Crestwood intended receiver Brandon Niemenski Friday night in Wright Township. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

Crestwood’s Ryan Miller, right, runs through a Wilkes-Barre Area tackler Friday night in Wright Township.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/web1_TTL082419HSFB-WBA-Crestwood_9.jpgCrestwood’s Ryan Miller, right, runs through a Wilkes-Barre Area tackler Friday night in Wright Township. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

By John Erzar

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