By: Nate Brown | Towanda Daily Review | October 28, 2017
WYALUSING — The Towanda Black Knights re-claimed the Bronze Helmet after defeating the hosting Wyalusing Rams 15-6 on Friday evening in the annual rivalry game.
"It feels really good," related Towanda head coach Craig Dawsey following the victory. "Throw out the records, I've always said that, I'll always say that, it doesn't matter. Wyalusing/Towanda, it doesn't matter what sport it's in, it's a great rivalry."
Heading into Friday's football game, despite the difference in records between the two rivals, Dawsey knew that Wyalusing was going to show up.
"They're going to be scrappy, they're going to play hard and they're not going to give in. They're going to make plays that all year long they may not have made," related Dawsey. "But that's a rivalry game, we had to rise up for that challenge."
Neither team was able to put points on the scoreboard until midway through the third quarter.
The first points of the football game came as the result of a safety on a blocked punt by the Black Knights.
Towanda would score the first touchdown of the game with just over nine minutes remaining in the game as Zane Neubert pounded the ball in from two yards out. The ensuing point-after attempt was unsuccessful and the Black Knights led 8-0.
Neubert's run was set up by a circus catch by Isaac Pelka as he reached over the back of the Wyalusing defender to secure the catch.
Towanda would find the end zone for the second time on their next possession. Quarterback Tanner Kunkle fired a pass over the middle that hit a Rams' defender in the hands and was juggled before Griffin Sites of Towanda hauled in the ball and went in for the score. The point after was successful, seeing Towanda up 15-0.
The Rams would score their lone points of the game with just over two minutes left in the fourth quarter. Wyalusing quarterback Shane Fuhrey fired a pass into the hands of Jon Morrison from six yards out. The touchdown was set up by a 31-yard diving reception by Morrison.
With the victory, the Black Knights have secured themselves a game at Central Columbia next week in the District 4 AA playoffs. The game will be the second one against the Blue Jays this season.
Earlier this year, Central Columbia handled the Black Knights in Towanda.
"We got to be better than we were last time," stated Dawsey. "There's still some things we've got to work on. We have to finish things, we have to finish drives. We didn't do that very well in the first game with that, they're a good football team."
Despite the loss on Friday, the Wyalusing Rams will play in the District 4 A playoffs next Friday evening visiting the Muncy Indians.
Towanda closes out their regular season with a record of 8-2 as the Rams fell to 3-7 with the loss.