By: Rich Rogers | Towanda Daily Review | September 27, 2014 | Photo courtesy Rich Rogers
CANTON - The Wyalusing Rams spoiled homecoming for the Canton Warriors last night to the tune of a 56-12 drubbing.
The Rams had their way all night, rolling up 560 yards in offense while limiting Canton to one long scoring pass and a meaningless score late in the 4th quarter with the Ram JV defense on the field.
"I was happy with the way the team played tonight," said head coach Buchman. "This was the second straight week we played with a backup Q.B. and I thought he (Derek Frederick) did an outstanding job and that the whole team performed well."
Wyalusing picked up where they left off two weeks ago when they started the season 2-0 with big wins over Sayre and Bucktail. In those games, the backfield tandem of Dylan Otis and Luke Jennings had their way, and the teams punter had zero attempts as their offense couldn't be stopped. Last night it was like deja vu all over again as Luke Jennings carried 21 times for 267 yards and three scores while his partner Otis added 17 carries for 88 yards and two TDs. The Rams never punted, scoring on 8 of their 10 offensive possessions, being stopped only twice by the game clock as they had the ball deep in Canton territory to end the 2nd and 4th quarters as time expired to end both halves.
The only resistance the Rams offense faced all night was self inflicted, as they racked up 85 yards in penalties, nullifying several long runs including a 4th Jennings score that was called back by one of seven holding penalties on the night.
Wyalusing got things started through the air, as Jennings would hail in a short pass from Frederick and weave his way 69 yards to pay dirt. Warren Mendoza hit his first of eight successful PATs on the night, and they were off and running, 7-0 at 8:35 of the first.
When Canton's next drive stalled at the Ram 39, it would take only two Jennings runs and three by Otis to cover the distance, with Otis going in from 11 yards out to make it 14-0 at the 4:24 mark.
Following the next 3-and-out, it was Jennings' turn to score, as he raced in from 10 yards away, capping a 55 yard, 13 play drive. Mendoza made it 21-0 with 10:33 until the half.
The offense went right back to work, as the Ram kickoff team recovered a fumble at the 15 yard line. From there Otis punched in his second score on 3rd and 1 from the six yard line, making it 28-0 at the 9:00 mark.
The Warriors followed the fumble with an interception, as Frederick picked Q.B. John Bowman and returned it to the 30 yard line. Six plays later Colin Edsell got an opportunity to add to the score as he carried it in from three yards out, making it 35-0 with 4:54 until the half.
The Canton faithful finally found something besides the homecoming court to cheer for, as Bowman hooked up with Noah Barnett on an 85 yard bomb to make it 35-6. The Rams would then drive all the way to the Warrior 16 before the first half clock mercifully ran out.
The second half continued in the same fashion, with Wyalusing traveling 57 yards in nine plays, as Jennings finished from five yards out to up the score to 42-6 and begin the mercy rule clock running. On Canton's next possession, frustration began to rear its ugly head as one player from each team was ejected for personal foul penalties. That drive would end with a fumble at the Wyalusing goal line, giving the Rams the challenge of having to drive the length of the entire field for their next score. They did just that, covering 99 yards in just six plays, with Jennings weaving his way for a 65 yard score. Mendoza made it 49-6 with 1:54 left in the third.
Following the next Warrior punt, Kyle Tinna scored from a yard out to cap a five play, 32 yard drive, making it 62-6.
Canton's final score would come on an 11 yard run by Barnett with only 3:49 left.
Next week Wyalusing hosts last year's District IV runner up Danville while Canton hosts Bucktail.