WEST PITTSTON — Brian Miles is starting to come into his own.
The Wyoming Area junior tailback led a Warriors rushing attack that paved the way for 222 yards on 48 carries. That led to a 32-7 win over defending District 2 3A champions Crestwood Friday night at Anthony “Jake” Sobeski Stadium.
Miles ran for a game-high 38 carries for 168 yards and two touchdowns.
His first score of the night came with 2:45 left in the third quarter, when after ramming the ball play-after-play on the scoring drive, he barreled into the end zone for a 1-yard scamper for a 16-7 lead.
Trailing 10-0 to start the second half, Crestwood cut into the deficit in the third quarter. A costly pass interference penalty by the Warriors allowed Crestwood’s Josh Malkemes to take the reverse hand-off and 29 yards for a touchdown, cutting Wyoming Area’s lead to 10-7 with 7:50 left in the third quarter.
Miles’ second score came at 5:50 left in the fourth quarter on a 7-yard bruising touchdown run to give Wyoming Area a 25-7 lead.
Wyoming Area’s sophomore quarterback P.J. Angell ran in for a touchdown and scored the game’s first points at 4:24 left in the first quarter with his 1-yard quarterback sneak. He completed four of his 14 passes on the night for 46 yards.
However, he found some redemption with just two minutes left in the ball game when he connected with junior tight end Dante DeLuca for a 9-yard touchdown pass that would give his team a 32-7 advantage and would be the icing on the cake to his squad’s powerful home victory.
Crestwood’s offense struggled to find its rhythm all night long and totaled just 176 yards of offense in the contest.
Starting quarterback Lance Blass was 3 for 15 for 34 yards. Wyoming Area senior Ryan Murray picked off Blass late in the third quarter to stall a Crestwood drive.
With a win under their belts, the Warriors will gear up to host Berwick, 17-14 losers to Selinsgrove, Friday night.
Wyoming Area receiver Kyler Higgins picks up yardage after catching a swing pass against Crestwood in the second quarter.
Wyoming Area running back Dante DeLuca advances the ball against Crestwood.
Wyoming Area running back Brian Miles runs away from Crestwood defenders.
Wyoming Area defender Dylan Kostak stops Crestwood running back Tanner Kahlau.
Crestwood’s Connor Sheloski gets stopped by Wyoming Area defenders Blaise Erzar and Dylan Kostak as he tries to return a kick.
Wyoming Area running back Donovan O’Boyle breaks for a big gain against Crestwood in the first quarter.
Wyoming Area 32, Crestwood 7
Wyoming Area `7`3`8`14`—`32
WA — P.J. Angelli 1 run TD (David Klaproth makes extra pt.), 4:24.
WA — David Klaproth makes 24 yard FG, 4:58.
CRES — Josh Malkemes 29 run TD (Connor Keenan makes extra pt.), 7:50.
WA — Brian Miles 1 run TD (Klaproth misses extra pt.), 2:45.
WA — Team 2 pt. Safety, 7.5 seconds.
WA — Brian Miles 7 run TD (Klaproth makes extra pt.), 5:50.
WA — Dante DeLuca 9 catch TD from Angelli (Klaproth makes extra pt.), 2:00.
RUSHING — Crestwood, Pat Rother 2-33, Lance Blass 8-44, Tanner Kahlau 8-25, Seamus Rother 1-12, Josh Malkemes 2-31, Owen Grigas 1-neg. 3. Wyoming Area, Brian Miles 38-168, P.J. Angelli 7-25, Donovan O’Boyle 3-29.
PASSING — Crestwood, Lance Blass 3-15-34-0-1. Wyoming Area, P.J. Angelli 4-14-46-1-0.
RECEIVING — Crestwood, Connor Sheloski 2-26, Kyle Richards 1-8. Wyoming Area, Dante DeLuca 2-31, Kyler Higgins 1-2, Dylan Kostak 1-13.
INTERCEPTIONS — Crestwood- None, Wyoming Area- Ryan Murray 1-15.
MISSED FGs — Crestwood-None, Wyoming Area- David Klaproth 1-43.