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Danville races past Wyalusing.

 

By: Al Robinson | Towanda Daily Review | November 13, 2010

 

DANVILLE - For the first 22 minutes of Friday night's District 4, Class AA quarterfinal game, the eight-seeded Wyalusing Rams played the undefeated, top-seeded Danville Ironmen on even terms, 14-14. Then the Ironmen struck for two touchdowns in the last two minutes of the first half and the Rams could never recover, going down to defeat 62-20 to a Danville team which showed the ability to score at any time from any place on the field.

Quarterback Andrew Andreychik threw three touchdown passes to set a school record of 29 for the season, and elusive Anthony Sori rushed for 174 yards including touchdown runs of 44, 17, and 56 yards to join teammate Russell Heath in the 1,000 yard club for the 2010 season. Garrett Llewellen scored twice, once as a receiver and once on a 36 yard fumble return. Michael Owens-Wright and Sori also caught Andreychik's aerials in the end zone, and reserves Matt Millar and Sam Dressler also carried the ball to paydirt for the Ironmen.

Wyalusing's first score came in the Rams' usual fashion, with fullback Paul Hugo crashing in from a yard out on the first play of the second quarter. The kick was wide and Sori's 44 yard jaunt combined with the first of Dylan Friday's eight extra points put Danville in front exactly one minute later.

On their next series, the Rams opened it up. Highlighted by Dan Frankenfield's 28 yard kickoff return and a 38 yard strike from Reggie Davis to Mike Cobb, Wyalusing moved to the Danville two-yard line, where a spread formation completely confused the Ironmen and Davis tossed a two yard floater to Tucker Allyn for the score. Exactly the same play to Hugo on the other side added the two-point conversion and the Rams led 14-7 at the 8:25 mark.

Then the roof fell in. Danville put 21 points on the board in the final 5:21 of the half, as Andreychik passed to Llewellen, Sori ran 17 yards, and Andreychik and Sori hooked up for 12 yards to break it open 28-14 at the intermission.

In the second half Wyalusing, a running team all year, went almost exclusively to the pass, with Allyn grabbing nine for 130 yards, but Davis was also picked off once leading to a score and Danville simply wore the Rams down. From the 8:05 mark of the third quarter the mercy rule was in effect when Danville's margin reached the 35-point threshold at 49-14. Wyalusing finally scored again in the fourth quarter after Danville pulled its first team defense.

While his team took a sound beating, Rams coach Jim Huffman was proud of their 8-3 season.

"We stayed with them for the first half, but they just keep coming at you and wear you down," he said, noting, "they're the first team to really shut Paul Hugo down." Hugo was held to 31 yards on 12 carries.

"I'll really miss the seniors; they've been like family," Huffman added.