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Wissahikcon gets a win on senior night, beating William Tennent 36-22

Written by: on Saturday, October 23rd, 2021

 

It was a memorable night for the Wissahickon seniors, as they were victorious on their senior night, defeating William Tennent 36-22. Last year’s senior night was a memorable night for the Trojans, but for all the wrong reasons. A win would’ve sealed a playoff spot for the Trojans and they faced off against a P.W team with nothing to play for. The Trojans suffered a shocking defeat on their home turf, 35-19 in a game where everything seemed to go wrong for Wiss.

Wissahikcon still ended up making the playoffs, but a loss at home to P.W on senior night left a sour taste in the Trojans mouth for what was a momentous season for them. It was also their second loss at home that year and because of the shortened season it was their only two home games.

This year has been the opposite for the Trojans. Wissahickon has won 3 home games this year, and although they’ve struggled on the road, going 0-4, it’s been good for Wiss to get wins at home, something they’ve struggled to do in the past.

“It feels like we never really win any of these games on senior night and homecoming also and so this year it was a point of emphasis to win these types of games. We wanted to send our seniors out with a bang” Said Senior Quarterback Aidan Defeo

Defeo opened up the scoring for the Trojans when he hit Jaylen Quick on a slant pattern in the end zone on a third and goal. Defeo’s been having a great season for the Trojans, proving he’s one of the best quarterbacks in all of Suburban One and possibly the best quarterback in Wissahickon history. Defeo has broken the record for most passing yards in a season, which he set last season, in only 5 games.

“I’ve learned to go out there and be confident in myself and don’t second guess my decisions.” Said Defeo “I think when I second guess is when I make mistakes, and when I trust myself I make big plays”

This year, the senior QB, has been tearing it up and he had a solid outing on Friday, with his biggest play coming on a 66 yard bomb to Jaylen Quick in the first quarter, but he didn’t have to carry the load on offense. Defeo only threw the ball 12 times tonight, completing 8 of his passes for 172 yards, compared to his 30 attempts last week against Cheltenham.

Tonight was another big night for Junior Running back Kyle Lehman, who’s been a contributor for Wissahickon ever since he stepped on the field as a freshman. Despite football not being his first love, it certainly doesn’t look like it. Lehman, a star lacrosse player is one of the best players in the 2023 class in the country and is committed to Penn State.

Lehman is electric on the field whenever the ball is in his hands and tonight his speed was on full display. Lehman scored three touchdowns for the third time this season. Lehman scored from two yards out to put the Trojans up 13-0, then 19 to make it 20-0 and then a 48 yard scamper to make it 33-0 for Wiss.

“We made some changes this week on the offensive line that probably gave us more physicality up front. It worked out well for us tonight in the running game.” Said Head Coach Bruce Fleming

He finished the game with 14 carries for 182 yards, closing in on the first 1,000 yard season for a Wissahickon running back since 2013. Lehman needs 126 yards in the Trojans last game against P.W which will be tough, but it’s nothing Lehman can’t accomplish.

“He’s an explosive player, everyone in our league has seen it the past three years and what he’s capable of. Each year he keeps getting better and better and it forces teams to account for him wherever he’s on the field.” Said Fleming

The game got a bit scrappy in the second half with the Trojans up big, but the team kept their heads, something that the Trojans might’ve had a tough time doing in the past.

“Guys are understanding that undisciplined football leads to losses, bad things happening all over the place, on and off the field.” Fleming Said. “The guys have really showed maturity to not fall into the fray when other teams try to go a different direction.” He explained.

Tennent made it somewhat interesting in the fourth quarter outscoring the Trojans 15-0, but the final score doesn’t tell the whole story. Wissahickon was dominant on both sides of the ball, something they had to do as they try and make a push for the 5A playoffs with one game remaining.

That one game is against Plymouth Whitemarsh, the team who almost ruined their season last year. The Trojans haven’t beaten the Colonials in over 15 years and they know the challenges that P.W’s offense presents. The Colonials run a triple option and they bleed a lot of clock when they have the ball, so Wiss knows that it’s important to execute on offense and try to keep the ball out of the P.W offenses hands.

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