NTL FOOTBALL: YOUNG WYALUSING TEAM HAS SOME BRIGHT SPOTS IN TOUGH SEASON
(2022-11-17)Northern Tier Sports Report
It was a tough year for the Wyalusing football team, though they did have some success here and there.
Their defense had two shutouts in their wins, beating SVEC 14-0 and rolling past Montgomery 26-0. They broke Canton’s shutout 4-game shutout streak in their week six loss, and led playoff bound NP-Mansfield at the half before falling by a score in their final home game of the season.
Their offense showed improvement from the year before, scoring in nine of their 10 games, the only shutout coming in their loss to Loyalsock.
“I’m so proud of the team’s effort this season,” said Wyalusing coach Henry Laboranti. “No matter who the opponent was, big or small, they came to fight each and every time. They’re tremendous young men, and their families should be very proud of them. I know that, in the coming seasons, the Rams will have many more wins, and will be a challenging contender in the NTL.”
Laboranti is stepping down after two years at the helm.
“It has been my honor and privilege to be their head coach these past two seasons,” he said. “Not only are they outstanding players, but they’re also outstanding young men, who this community should be very proud of.”
Center turned running back Alex Hunsinger led the team in rushing, with 400 yards and four touchdowns on 122 carries.
His brother Ayden Hunsinger added 355 yards and two touchdowns on 102 carries.
The team went over 1,000 yards on the ground, scoring 10 times off the rush.
Do everything speedster Joey Gonsauls finished with 261 rushing yards and a score on 44 carries, with a leading 5.9 yards per rush. He also had 159-yards receiving and two scores on 11 catches.
Liam Franklin led the team with 308 yards receiving and three touchdowns on 17 receptions.
Parker Petlock led the team under center, throwing for 495 yards and five touchdowns with four picks on 31-for-62 passing.
Cade McMicken also saw time at quarterback, throwing for 152 yards, with one touchdown and five picks on 13-for-41 passing.
The bulk of the team will return, including Ayden Hunsinger, Gonsauls, Petlock, and McMicken, as they had just five seniors on the team.
With 20 juniors and sophomores moving up into the seniors and juniors role, the Rams will look to use this season’s experience to springboard into a few more wins next season.
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