KINGSTON — One week ago, Wallenpaupack put together a solid second half to come from behind and defeat Hazleton Area.
The Buckhorns looked to be on the verge of doing something similar on Friday night against Wyoming Valley West at Spartan Stadium.
But the Spartans led by Sean Judge made sure that attempt was thwarted.
Judge rushed for three touchdowns, including two in the second half to steal momentum from the Buckhorns and pace Valley West to a 31-6 victory over Wallenpaupack.
Wallanpaupack started the second half after shutting out the Spartans in the second quarter, but still trailing 17-3. On the second play from scrimmage in the third quarter, the Buckhorns’ Joe Inguilli had a 50-yard run. But he fumbled the ball at the end of the run, the Spartans recovered in the end zone and that was a big blow to the comeback bid.
Even after that, Wallenpaupack had a little comeback attempt in store. The Buckhorns’ Guilianna Iona hit her second field goal of the game in the third quarter to pull the team within 17-6.
After that, that’s when Judge took over.
The senior, who rushed for a game-high 142 yards on 18 carries, picked up 62 yards alone on Valley West’s next two drives. On the team’s first possession after the field goal, Judge ran four times for 43 yards, including a 3-yard TD run as Valley West regained momentum extending its lead to 24-6 with 4:34 left in the third quarter.
After the Buckhorns were forced into a three-and-out, Judge rushed four more times on the Spartans’ next drive with the last one being a 7-yard TD run with 11:10 to go in the game putting the score out of reach at 31-6.
Wyoming Valley West (4-2) got off to a fantastic start, scoring on three of its first four drives. Quarterback Aaron Austin started the scoring with a 38-yard rushing score on the squad’s second possession for a 7-0 lead with 6:10 to go in the first quarter. Judge’s first TD was on the Spartan’s next drive. It took just one play this time as Judge scored from 43 yards out for the 14-0 first-quarter advantage. A Jake Gurtis field goal made the score 17-0 after 12 minutes.
But the Buckhorns defense held the Spartans to a trio of three-and-outs in the second quarter, while also sacking Austin twice and intercepting him once in that stretch.
The Spartans defense played very well all night allowing just a pair of field goals and 169 total yards. They sacked Wallenpaupack QB Tom McCormick three times, picked off two passes and recovered a fumble. If it wasn’t for Inguilli’s 50-yard run in the third quarter, WVW would have held the Buckhorns to under 100 yards rushing.
Wyoming Valley West 31,
WVW – Aaron Austin 38 run (Jake Gurtis kick) 6:10
WVW – Sean Judge 43 run (Gurtis kick) 5:06
WVW – Gurtis 32 field goal :49
WAL – Guilianna Iona 26 field goal 2:32
WAL – Iona 22 field goal 6:14
WVW – Judge 3 run (Gurtis kick) 4:34
WVW – Judge 7 run (Gurtis kick) 11:10
Sacks by-yards lost`2-16`3-16
RUSHING — WAL, Joe Inguilli 18-112, Tom McCormick 3-(minus-16), Aiden Maldacker 2-8, Nick Ruggieri 10-43, Nick Lancaster 2-2. WVW, Sean Judge 18-142, Aaron Austin 8-51, Chris Milovitch 7-31, Zach Davies 2-5, Tom Mikovitch 2-9.
PASSING — WAL, McCormick 6-20-1-18, Nathaniel Steffen 0-1-1-0. WVW, Austin 7-15-1-67
RECEIVING — WAL, Ty Schmalzle 2-10, Gavin Hiller 1-4, Maldacker 1-0, Codey Fenstenmacher 2-4. WVW, Jake Shemo 2-34, Judge 2-7, Rob Dwyer 2-30, Tyson 1-7
INTERCEPTIONS — WAL, Zack Rode. WVW, Logan Myers, Shemo.
MISSED FGs — WAL, 36 (wide left)