Wyoming Area Takes Down Hanover Area
HANOVER TWP. — It was a showing of potential district playoff opponents in two weeks.
It was also another display of just how powerful Wyoming Area is.
The Warriors’ starting offense scored on each of its seven possessions and the defense held Hanover Area to zero rushing yards in the first half as Wyoming Area rolled to a 56-7 victory Friday night.
“I’m just very happy with the fact that we’re able to maintain that kind of high level with different guys going in different spots and that execution staying the same,” Wyoming Area head coach Randy Spencer said. “I thought we did a great job executing on offense.”
That offensive execution was a balanced slate of passes and runs, compiling 372 total yards, 22 first downs and zero turnovers.
Dom DeLuca broke open the scoring for Wyoming Area (9-0) when he took a bootleg 14 yards for a touchdown on the opening drive and connected with Brian Williams for a 3-yard score on the next series.
Hanover Area (3-6) ran just six plays before the Hawkeyes found themselves down 21-0 after Corey Mruk rushed for his first touchdown of the night.
Early in the second quarter, Hanover Area looked to strike back as Aaron Hummer pump faked and hit Jared Kishbaugh for a 35-yard gain on the first play of the series. But, a few plays later, the Hawkeyes came up empty as Auggie George’s field goal attempt was blocked.
The Warriors immediately responded when DeLuca threw a fade route to Williams, who tiptoed the sideline for a 53-yard touchdown. Williams finished the game with 96 yards receiving.
Mruk scored again on runs of 23 and 17 yards before DeLuca threw his third touchdown pass of the night to Dimitri Depietro for seven yards. Mruk rushed for 124 yards and DeLuca passed for 137 as the Warriors took a 49-0 lead into halftime.
“Hanover was stout, made it difficult in the box, challenged our running game, and I thought we responded well,” Spencer said.
Hanover Area’s lone score came on a 14-yard run by Manny Saldana late in the third quarter. Despite Saldana leading the team with 16 yards, the Hawkeyes managed just seven rushing yards.
As Hanover Area continues to spread out the offense, Hummer passed for 102 yards and Tanner Bednarski caught three passes for 54 yards.
The two teams may meet again because Wyoming Area and Hanover Area were the No. 2 and No. 7 seeds in District 2 class 3A, respectively, heading into the night.
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