By: The Review | Towanda Daily Review | October 25, 2014
With leading rusher Bryce Zaparzynski out Levi Christman stepped up for North Penn-Mansfield in a 36-15 win over Wyalusing on Friday night.
Christman scored three touchdowns, one on a run, one on a pass and one on defense, and led the Panthers in rushing and receiving in the win.
Christman started the scoring at 9:05 of the first quarter when he returned a fumble 27 yards for a score. The two-point pass failed and it was 6-0.
North Penn added to the lead at 4:10 when Christman ran in from 22 yards out and Dayton Wood caught the two-point try from Bo Burleigh to make it 14-0.
Lucas Jennings got Wyalusing on the board at 10:30 on a 15-yard run and Werner Mendoza made the extra point to make it 14-7.
Wood caught a five-yard touchdown from Burleigh with 51 seconds left in the half and Brad Pequignot ran in the two-point try to make it 22-7 at the half.
The game stayed 22-7 into the fourth when Christman caught a three-yard pass from Burleigh and Luke Kelly caught the two-point try from Burleigh at 9:45 to make it 30-7.
Wyalusing got the points back just a minute later when Ryan Kipp had a 24-yard touchdown run and Justin Haley ran in the two-point try to make it 30-15.
Luke Kelly caught an 18-yard touchdown from Burleigh with 2:25 left and the two-point run failed to cap the scoring.
Christman had a fumble return for a score and an interception on defense, and he ran for 63 yards on six carries and had seven catches for 83 yards in the game.
"We didn't have Zaparzynski and we needed some kids to step up," North Penn coach Tom Dickinson said. "Levi Christman was the man with a fumble return, an interception and three touchdowns. He had a big game for us."
Burleigh was 17-for-28 for 247 yards and three scores and Pequignot had 80 yards on three catches. Wood had four catches for 41 yards, Kelly had two catches for 25 yards and Joel Whittaker had an 18-yard catch.
Pequignot ran for 43 yards on 11 carries.
Jennings had 78 yards on 18 carries for Wyalusing, before missing the second half.
"His longest rush was 16 yards," Dickinson said. "We limited him from making those big gains."
Kipp had 51 yards on 13 carries and Haley gained 57 yards on 15 carries.
Derek Frederick ran for 14 yards on four carries and Teron Millard had four yards.
Haley was 7-for-16 for 66 yards and Kipp had two catches for 27 yards, Frederick had two grabs for 24 yards, Collin Edsell had two catches for 14 yards and Hunter Brewer had a catch for one yard.
North Penn is at Wellsboro next week and Wyalusing is at Towanda.