Wyoming Area’s depth helps team to another victory

By Tom Robinson - For Sunday Dispatch
Wyoming Area’s Corey Mruk, left, breaks the tackle of Meyers’ Ryan Judge en route to a 52-yard touchdown run in WVC football action Friday night in West Pittston. - Bill Tarutis | For Sunday Dispatch
Wyoming Area quarterback Dominic DeLuca throws a pass under pressure from Meyers linebacker Kevin Dessoye as referee Chuck Suppon watches the action. - Bill Tarutis | For Sunday Dispatch
- Bill Tarutis | For Sunday Dispatch

WEST PITTSTON – Wyoming Area football coach Randy Spencer is proud of his team’s depth.

He just wishes the Warriors would not have to prove it so often and so early in games.

“On a weekly basis, we’re losing a significant player,” Spencer said after Friday night’s 45-6 romp over visiting Meyers. “ … We were without six guys who play significant roles.

“I’m just glad that the guys are working genuinely, next man up, working to improve every day, every week and having more people ready to step up whether it’s for a play, a series, a quarter, a half or a season, in some cases.”

The Warriors have often overcome injury issues by mixing more players into the lineup. With Darren Rodney and Nick Elko, two of the team’s top six rushers, added to the list of unavailable players Friday night, Corey Mruk took on a bigger workload.

Mruk, who can play both fullback and tailback, carried 18 times for 192 yards and four touchdowns. The team’s leading rusher on the season doubled his usual number of carries. He also ran for a two-point conversion while completing his offensive work with 4:57 left in the third quarter when he sent the game into the Mercy Rule with a touchdown that made it 38-0.

“Coach is always saying, ‘you’ve got to pound the ball’,” said Mruk, who gained most of his yards on tough inside runs. “Once you pound the ball, it opens up more options.”

The Warriors showed off many options on both sides of the ball while improving to 7-0. After beating Lake-Lehman and Meyers, the only other two winning opponents in the Class 3A/A Division of the Wyoming Valley Conference, the last two weeks, Wyoming Area has outscored opponents, 295-48. They lead the WVC in points scored and fewest points allowed.

Dominic DeLuca added to the offense, going 5-for-7 for 153 yards passing, including a 34-yard touchdown to Derek Ambrosino to make it 15-0 after one quarter.

Mruk ran for touchdowns of 5 yards in the first quarter, 52 and 30 yards in the second and 7 yards in the third.

Jevani Sancho scored on a 2-yard run in the fourth quarter after Meyers broke the shutout.

Wyoming Area limited the big plays by a Meyers offense that had been averaging 35.8 points per game, and threw the Mohawks for 14 losses totaling 50 yards.

Cameron Carr, Mruk and F.J. Braccini each made multiple tackles for losses. Carr had two sacks and another tackle for a loss while also rushing the passer into three more incompletions and another quick pass that went for a loss of yardage.

Wyoming Area’s Corey Mruk, left, breaks the tackle of Meyers’ Ryan Judge en route to a 52-yard touchdown run in WVC football action Friday night in West Pittston.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_TTL100618HSF-Meyers-WyoArea_1-1.jpgWyoming Area’s Corey Mruk, left, breaks the tackle of Meyers’ Ryan Judge en route to a 52-yard touchdown run in WVC football action Friday night in West Pittston. Bill Tarutis | For Sunday Dispatch

Wyoming Area quarterback Dominic DeLuca throws a pass under pressure from Meyers linebacker Kevin Dessoye as referee Chuck Suppon watches the action.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_TTL100618HSF-Meyers-WyoArea_2-1.jpgWyoming Area quarterback Dominic DeLuca throws a pass under pressure from Meyers linebacker Kevin Dessoye as referee Chuck Suppon watches the action. Bill Tarutis | For Sunday Dispatch

https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_TTL100618HSF-Meyers-WyoArea_3-1.jpgBill Tarutis | For Sunday Dispatch

By Tom Robinson

For Sunday Dispatch

BY THE NUMBERS

Dominic DeLuca’s five completions for Wyoming Area all went for at least 19 yards. Brian Williams had two catches for 72 yards, Derek Ambrosino had two for 53 yards and Dimitri Depietro had one for 28 yards. … DeLuca made a team-high six tackles, including one for a loss on the last play of the first half after Meyers had reached the 3. … Meyers averaged 44.8 yards on its four punts, but gave up a safety when a high punt snap could not be controlled and went through the back of the end zone.

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