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Wyoming Area Stuns Central Valley in Second Half Comeback Win for the PIAA 3A @wascoreboard @cvqbclub

Written by: on Saturday, December 7th, 2019


Riley Rusyn races 80 yards to the endzone on a pass play not designed to go to him

“That big pass over the middle that Riley Rusyn caught, it wasn’t even meant for him, it was meant for Derek Ambrosino but he just jumped up and grabbed it.” That was the moment Wyoming Area quarterback Dom DeLuca says turned the momentum their way. Coming back into the game after being injured with his teams trailing 14-0, Deluca heaved a wounded duck throw that Rusyn grabbed and raced 80 yards to pull Wyoming Area within 7 points. Wyo would eventually take the lead with 41 seconds to play to win the PIAA Class 3A title over Central Valley by a score of 21-14.

Wyoming Area was unfazed after losing the opening kick to start the game. “Our defense stood tall in that situation. I’m just proud to be a part of something special like this. It’s an indescribable feeling when you can feel things shifting your way” said Wyoming Area Head Coach Randy Spencer. “I just can’t say enough about Dom, he just does everything we ask of him and a little bit more every game. Someone’s going to get a special player at the next level.”

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After battling to a scoreless tie in the first quarter, Central Valley was the first to take advantage of momentum.  With 4:06 left in the first half Central forced a Wyoming punt that only traveled 13 yards to the Wyo 48. Jaylen Guy carried the ball 7 times for 45 yards, the last a one yard run to put the WPIAL Champion up 7-0 after Ethan Ott nailed the point after.  That momentum carried into the second half.

Once again using Guy, CV took the ball 49 yards to the Wyoming two yard line where Stephon Hall finished the drive on a two yard run putting Central up 14-0 with 9:40 to play in the third.

“We fought hard all game, this was just a case of their team made just a couple more big plays than ours” said Central Valley head coach Mark Lyons. “It’s tough to get that momentum back when you lose it.” Central held on to the “Mo” for just one more series. After Deluca left the field with his injury backup qb Jacob Williams was intercepted by Michael Barbuto at the CV 22. They managed to get to the Wyoming 27 but a holding call moved them back to the 37 forcing a punt. On that next drive, Rustyn snagged that 80 yard td. “I’m just glad he caught that” said intended target Ambrosino. “Maybe we don’t get the momentum if he doesn’t score there.”

Following the td, the Wyoming defense made a big fourth down stop at their 48. On fourth and goal from the 4, Deluca rolled right, turned and threw back to a wide open Ambrosino for the game tying score with 4:02 left to play. “That first half they were all over us. I give them props, they played a heck of a first half but we made some adjustments to our blocking and took control” said Deluca. “We usually only run that play on the goal line. It’s called “wide throwback”, I was blocking down and just slipped wide to get that touchdown pass.”

They Wyoming defense came up big and forced Central to punt. After the play was over a Central player was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct giving Wyoming Area the ball at the Central 42 yard line. DeLuca again came up big hitting Brian Williams, who made a spectacular catch at the 1 yard line. To plays later DeLuca went in for the game winner with 41 seconds to play.

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