By: The Review | Towanda Daily Review | August 27, 2016
Ryan Kipp led the way for the Wyalusing Rams to a 18-6 victory over Sayre on Friday night with two touchdowns (one rushing, one receiving) and 101 yards on 14 carries. The Rams dedicated their field to former coach Ray Raffin before the game.
Calvin Burke finished with five completions on nine attempts, 58 yards and two touchdowns. Derek Frederick finished with three catches for 38 yards, one receiving touchdown and two carries for three yards.
"We dug down when we needed to dig down," said Wyalusing coach Frank Kinney. "We tried some things at the edge and they were shutting us down. I said 'let's just go up the gut.' We have some pretty good linemen. They're young yet but our backs are pretty big and solid. If we get three to four yards a clip, that's Ram football."
Senior Derrick Clark held his own demonstrating Ram football, totaling 59 yards on 13 carries while junior Carl Gowin finished with eight carries for 29 yards. Jon Morrison also caught one pass for 15 yards. Burke threw a touchdown to Derek Frederick on a 4th down at Sayre's five-yard line with 3:25 left in the fourth quarter, delivering a fatal blow to the Redskins. The Rams failed to convert all three two-point conversion attempts.
Sayre's lone touchdown of the night came on a late developing 29-yard wheel-route from sophomore Gage Carnrike, who was hit square on the numbers by quarterback John Esposito during the second quarter. After a missed PAT the score was tied 6-6, a high snap on a punt play led to a sack of punter Tylor Belles, forcing a turnover on downs at their own 12. Wyalusing then pulled away in the third quarter.
"Fundamental-wise, we weren't the best and that falls on me," said Sayre coach Steve Satterly. "We had a couple really nice plays called back because of penalties and that has hurt us so much in the past. A lot of it is first-game jitters."
Esposito finished the night with 92 yards, completing seven passes on 15 attempts, and one touchdown. Senior running back Tylor Belles led the ground game with 13 carries for 56 yards and also had two sacks on defense. Matthew Ingrassia chipped in with six carries for 14 yards while
"Johnny does a good job throwing the ball," said Satterly. "We have plenty of guys who can catch the ball. In the past we haven't used it because we haven't had to. The way Wyalusing played us (stacking the box), and probably the way we'll be played the rest of the year, it's something we're going to have to go to."
On Friday night Sayre will host Wellsboro and Wyalusing will host Canton.