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Wyoming Area rallies late in the fourth quarter to stun Lakeland 19-14

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| October 2, 2021

“That was a hell of an effort” that’s what Wyoming Area head coach Randy Spencer had to say about their 19-14 comeback victory over previously undefeated Lakeland Friday night at Lakeland stadium in Jermyn. The Warriors established a dominant ground game once starting quarterback Blake Sokach-Minnick went down with an injury, and Senior Leo Harris took charge of the offense and never looked back.

Lakeland took the opening kickoff from the 40-yard line, and the signature Lakeland ariel attack took flight. Quarterback Dominico Spataro did all of it on his first drive, hitting 3 different receivers and using his legs to march all the way downfield. It was a 12 play 3-minute 9-second drive that was capped off when Spataro ran it in from 10 yards making the score 6-0, Zachary Janoasky’s extra point was good and with 9.03 left in the first quarter, the Chiefs were on top 7-0.

  The Warriors took a squib kick from the 45-yard line and started their drive from there. Leo Harris who is usually playing running back took the reins over on offense at quarterback and led the Warriors all the way downfield, a long grueling 10 play 60-yard drive that was capped when running back Nico Sciandra ran it in from 1 yard out the extra point by Jadyn Rusyn was good and with 3.52 left in the quarter, we were notched at 7 apiece. The fans coaches and players all knew at this point we were In for one heck of a game, the quarter ended with the game tied at 7.

The second quarter saw both teams patterned hard nose defenses come alive Wyoming Area had a fourth-down stop on the Chiefs to start the quarter, but later in the quarter the Warriors punted to the Chiefs, and Lakeland head coach Dave Piwowatczyk said it’s time to go. Lakeland would put together a long 11 play 59-yard drive that lasted 5 minutes and ended when Spataro found the big tight end Lacota Dippre for a 4-yard touchdown the extra point was good and the Chiefs were back out in front 14-7.

The Warriors would bounce back with a score with just 35 seconds left in the quarter. Lakeland would go for it on fourth and one from its own 32 and Dippres pass was picked off by Joe Marranca who returned it 24 yards to the Chiefs 17-yard line. And just 5 plays later Leo Harris found the end zone from 5 yards out the extra point was no good and the score heading into half-time was Lakeland 14 Wyoming Area 13.

The third quarter was a back and forth battle on defense of both teams, both the Chiefs and the Warriors would halt solid drives in the quarter. There were 2 big plays in the quarter, Wyoming Area was on a solid drive when the Chiefs forced a fumble at the 50 and would recover it, but before the Chiefs could stop celebrating on the very next play Spatartos pass was intercepted by Leo Harris, and returned for 15 yards. The strong play on defense would continue throughout the quarter, and the quarter would end with the Chiefs still leading 14-13.

The Hardnose defend of both teams would carry over into the fourth quarter, but the Warriors would put together one of their best drives all night long, an 8 play 37-yard drive that set them up in the Chief’s red zone. Lakeland’s defense would stop the Warriors on 3 straight downs and force them to go for it on 4th and 8 and that’s where number 69 got the call Harris would throw a screen to Nick Elko the starting LG who was eligible, and the big man lived every lineman dream catching a pass and rumbling for a huge first down. The Chief’s defense would hold again, forcing the Warriors to kick a field goal which was up and good but a roughing kicker call was called, giving the Warriors first and goal from their own 7. Leo Harris the Warrior’s Swiss army knife would punch it in from 3 yards out the Warriors would try for 2, but it was no good and with 3.25 left in the quarter the Warriors lead 19-14.

Spataro would piece together a beautiful late-game drive that gave him a chance to win it from the Warriors 32-yard line but on the final play of the game Spataro’s pass was batted done by Leo Harris and that was the final of a long hard-fought physical game between two of the top teams in district 2. Hear what Leo Harris had to say about the win.




































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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