TUNKHANNOCK – P.J. Angeli, Brian Miles and Donovan O’Boyle each found more than one way to contribute to Wyoming Area’s first victory of the football season, 49-6, over host Tunkhannock in a Friday night Wyoming Valley Conference Class AAA game.
Angeli threw for two touchdowns and ran for one during a 28-point second quarter.
Miles also scored two touchdowns while contributing on offense, defense and special teams. He returned a punt 50 yards for the second score of the game and carried five times for 31 yards and another touchdown. On defense, Miles was Wyoming Area’s leading tackler with seven (four of them while stopping pass plays for six yards or less) while assisting on another and breaking up two passes.
O’Boyle led a 311-yard ground game by running for 153 yards on nine carries. He intercepted two passes and made up for having an 86-yard kickoff return touchdown wiped out by penalty when he broke off a 98-yard scoring run on the Warriors’ first offensive play of the second half.
“We emphasized the ability of some of our guys to be making some plays of 30 yards or better,” said Wyoming Area coach Randy Spencer after his team outplayed North Pocono in much of last week’s 26-21 loss only to let two leads get away largely because of a disparity in big plays. “Athletically, we can do that. We emphasized it a bit and they had some opportunities this week and were able to do that.”
Angeli’s touchdown run covered 38 yards.
“It was a tough loss last week,” said the sophomore quarterback, who hit five of seven passes for 62 yards and carried nine times for 65 yards. “We were hungry this week.
“We wanted to come out here and show what we could do.”
Wyoming Area took the first 16 snaps of a 17-play, 86-yard scoring drive in the first quarter, then scored 28 points in a 7:45 span to open the second quarter.
“We ran a little of a quick pace offense,” Angeli said. “We spread them out. Our line’s doing well up front. They’re physical. It starts with the line and the backs are making good cuts.”
Each of the four second-quarter touchdowns included one of those impressive cuts.
Steve Homza caught a slant pass from Angeli on third-and-nine to open the fourth quarter. As soon as he caught the ball, Homza changed direction, using a spin move to get outside and make it to the flag for a 15-yard touchdown.
Miles stepped up inside the outside contain man before making it to the sideline on his 50-yard punt return.
Marc Anthony Minichello caught a wide receiver screen pass from Angeli on the right side and picked his way around defenders and his teammates’ blocks for an 18-yard touchdown and 21-0 lead with 8:10 still left in the half.
Tunkhannock’s Ryan Cywinski broke a 67-yard touchdown run, but Wyoming Area answered in three plays. Angeli followed blockers up the left side until cutting sharply right inside the 15 to finish off his 38-yard touchdown run.
The touchdown runs by O’Boyle and Miles increased the lead to 42-6, putting it into the Mercy Rule with 3:45 left in the third quarter.
Homza switched roles in the passing game, throwing a 17-yard touchdown to Jeff Urban with 2:29 remaining.
Justin Steinberger led a strong effort in the line. He made five tackles, including two for 12 yards in losses, and rushed the passer into two incompletions.
David Klaproth made all seven of his extra-point kicks.