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Written by: Daniel Reed on Monday, November 22nd, 2021
Spartans reign supreme in victory over Bubblers 55 to 14 to claim third straight District III Class 3A Title, and 10th overall under Coach Bob Wolfrum !
Boiling Springs HC-Bradley Zell stated before the game that, “feels pretty good, we had a good week of practice”, on how to stop the ground and pound offense, Coach Zell said, ” I don’t know if there is a secret formula, but that’s what we got to do”. He was correct, there was no way to stop the powerful offense of the Spartans on this day. The Spartans would rush for 430 yards on 53 carries, 22 first downs, and a total of 520 yards in offense on the day. The running attack was led by Tommy Grabowski who finished with 178 yards on 19 carries, Amory Thompson would follow behind with 70 yards on 8 carries. Ben Zechman, the quarterback of the Spartans would finish with 90 yards on 4 of 6 passing, 1 interception. D1 recruit, Aiden Mack, would lead the receiving core with 66 yards on 2 catches, 1 touchdown, and Amory Thompson finished with 24 yards on 2 catches, 1 touchdown. Now, let’s get into the game….
Boiling Springs would win the toss and defer to the second half. Wyomissing would receive the opening kickoff and begin the drive at the 30. After 3 plays, the Spartans would see 4th down, and have to make an early decision from their own 39, 4th and 1. In the mindset of the coaching staff, I can’t remember which one said it but, it was said later in the game on a much different situation but, “If you can’t get 1 yard, you don’t deserve to win”. That tone was already in play from the start as the Spartans would go for it, and gain 4 yards on the play. Shortly after however, Wyomissing QB-Ben Zechman would be intercepted by Carson Garvey and the Bubblers would take over at the Spartans 47 with little over 8 minutes to go in the opening quarter.
Unfortunately, the Bubblers couldn’t capitalize on the early turnover by the Spartans, and would have to punt right back to Wyomissing after gaining just a yard on the drive. Spartans take over at the 21 following the punt and would get back to work, trying to figure out how break through the Boiling Springs defense. The drive would stall out though, and Wyomissing would punt for the first time in the game. Boiling Springs would now have their second attempt at getting past the Spartans defensive wall. The Bubblers drive would begin from their own 38 yard line. A loss on the play, followed by a huge sack by Jack Miller of the Spartans, would have the Bubblers back into a hole at fourth and about 20 from the Boiling Springs 28. A booming punt by the Bubblers would have the Spartans starting from their 32, and for the first time, we would see the power we normally see from the Wyomissing offense. Senior Tommy Grabowski would gain 16 yards, giving the Spartans a first down in Bubblers territory at the 48, on the next play with under a minute to go in the first quarter, QB-Ben Zechman would connect with his big TE-Aiden Mack for 28 yards, down to the Boiling Springs 15. Wyomissing would get some more yardage after the play just before the quarter ended with the score still scoreless between these two very talented teams.
Shortly after the second quarter began, we would see the games first score, when Grabowski would take the handoff into the endzone from a yard out, the extra point was made and we had ourselves a 7 to 0 ball game. On the next series by the Bubblers, the Spartans defense would come up with a big sack, this time by Ryker Jones, which would force the Bubblers to have to punt once again and the Spartans would begin their next drive at their 37 with just under 10 minutes to go until halftime. After a few plays, and a long pass, and a 16 yard run by Amory Thompson, would setup another score by the Spartans when on the next play, Charlie Mcintyre would take the ball and run to the left side and to the endzone to put the Spartans up 14 to 0 with about 7 minutes to go in the half. Boiling Springs would answer in under a minute when Joey Menke(who finished the game with a game high 184 yards on 15 carries), would get the handoff and race 55 yards to paydirt to cut the lead in half 14 to 7 with 6:42 to play in the first half. At this time, it looked like we would have a good tight game but the Spartans had other plans. A fumble by the Bubblers, recovered by Wyo’s Drew Eisenhower would setup two more scores for the Spartans before the half. Grabowski, Eisenhower, and Matthew Kramer leading the way, capped off by an Amory Thompson 20 yard run. The score now 21 to 7, the Spartans defense and offense were not done as, a pass block by Grabowski, then a punt block by Matthew Kramer setup the next and final score of the first half, as Thompson again would score, this one, a 7 yard touchdown reception with about a minute to go till halftime. Halftime score 28 to 7.
Things would go pretty much like it did in the first half for the Bubblers during the second half of play but first, the Boiling Springs offense would show some life coming out of the half. The Bubblers would receive the kickoff and on the first play, Joey Menke would bust one loose for 82 yards to cut the Spartans lead in half 28 to 14 before Wyomissing would set the tone for the rest of the game in rout to their 55 to 14 victory. Menke would finish with 2 touchdowns on the day.
Following that touchdown run by Menke, the Spartans would take control and roll off 27 unanswered points, touchdowns by Grabowski(6, 69 yard runs), Aiden Mack(24 yard reception), and late in the game, Ryker Jones would take off 65 yards for the final score of the day with just 2:05 remaining. The Bubblers did sustain a decent drive as the third quarter was ending, going into the fourth, going about 54 yards to the Spartans 18 before they would turn the ball over on downs, before that final touchdown of the game by Ryker Jones.
Boiling Springs offense would finish the game with 234 yards total, all by way of the run, as Bubblers QB-Colin Lunde would go 0 for 5 passing.
After the game, I had the pleasure of speaking with a couple of Spartan players, first being Amory Thompson, who stated that even after playing a great game today, “there are definitely some things I can improve on, nothings perfect, today wasn’t perfect, but we got it done, we just gotta keep working throughout the week to get better”. Then I spoke with the always so energetic, enthusiastic Tommy Grabowski who would have this to say… ” I feel amazing, we all feel amazing, we all work so hard for this, everybody did so well today, the backs, the line, everybody contributed, Ben Zechman, we all had to do what we had to do today, everything worked out in our favor today”. When I asked about his team holding a team that averaged 43 points a game on the season to just 14, Grabowski would say, “In my opinion, we have the best defense in Pennsylvania, everybody knows what they’re doing, including our coaching staff”. Coach Wolfrum would have this to say about the upcoming game against Scranton Prep next Saturday at Gov. Mifflin Stadium… “Well, I know we got our hands full, apparently they got a D1 RB, a pair of D1 linemen, we’re going to have our work cut out for us, but ya know, this time of year, that’s how it is”. Coach would also say about the year Wyomissing won the State Championship, “first time I saw film of, Imhotep, I thought oh my god, how are we going to play this team, and ya know, we end up beating them so, we’ll deal with it”.
Next Saturday: at Governor Mifflin 2pm Kickoff
Scranton Prep(11-0) vs Wyomissing(13-0)
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