The Wildcats showed flashes of brilliance in Friday night's lopsided loss to Dunmore. Despite coming out on the short end of a 48-14 score, Western Wayne piled up 300 yards of total offense and drove into the Bucks' Red Zone on four occasions.
Dunmore used a well-balanced offensive attack in rolling to a 48-14 victory over Western Wayne Friday night in Varden.
The Bucks invaded Sharkey Rosetti Memorial Stadium for a Week Five clash with the Wildcats, proving equally potent on the ground and through the air. Under the watchful eye of legendary Coach Jack Henzes, Dunmore piled up 440 yards against a tough, but outmanned adversary.
With the win, the Bucks improved their overall record to 5-0 on the season. Dunmore is also undefeated in Division Two at 2-0.
Western Wayne lost for the fourth time in five outings under Hall of Fame mentor Allen “Butch” Keller. The Wildcats’ lone win of the season came back in Week Two at Susquehanna. Next up for the ‘Cats is a battle with perennial Class AA powerhouse Valley View. This is Western Wayne's annual Homecoming game and will feature many traditional festivities.
The Cougars are 2-3 overall and still in search of their first divisional win this fall. Valley View is coming off an 18-8 loss to longtime rival Lakeland.
Early & Often
Dunmore’s Michael Perry is quickly becoming one of the LFC’s truly elite players. The Bucks’ tailback is still just a junior, but he’s already a threat to score from anywhere on the field.
On Friday night, Perry found his way into Western Wayne’s endzone four times. He tallied twice in the opening stanza, once each in the second and third quarters.
With just under 7:00 left in the first period, Perry took a pitch from quarterback Miller Holmes. He skirted around the end and sprinted to paydirt. Although Sean Dente misfired on the PAT try, Dunmore had a lead it would never relinquish.
The Wildcats mounted a pair of solid drives early on, but both ended in frustration inside the Red Zone. With southpaw signal caller Joey Siclari at the controls, Western Wayne marched to the 18-yardline before turning the ball over.
The Wildcats’ second drive ended in similar fashion...and Dunmore made them pay.
Perry stunned the Varden crowd into silence on the Bucks’ first play after taking over at the 17.
Michael found a small crease off left tackle and hit it hard. He bounced off the initial hit, exploded through two more arm tackles and stomped on the accelerator.
By the time he stopped running, Perry had covered 83 yards to the Western Wayne endzone.
He would carry the ball just 10 times on this night, but still ran for an eye-popping 187 yards and three TDs.
Perry upped Dunmore’s advantage to 28-0 at the 4:12 mark of the second quarter.
Holmes dropped back to pass and, in the face of a fierce Wildcat rush, dumped a screen pass to Perry right in the middle of the field. Michael did the rest, rumbling 50 yards to the goal line.
To their undying credit, the Wildcats refused to roll over and play dead...even in the face of a huge first half deficit. Western Wayne took the ensuing kick-off and marched downfield to its first TD.
Siclari directed this drive deftly, capping the march by handing the ball off to Josh Harrison. Western Wayne’s young tailback muscled his way into the endzone from 2-yards out with just 14-seconds remaining in the half.
Billy Gillette, who’s doing double-duty with the soccer and football teams, nailed the PAT try, making the score 28-7.
Dunmore scored on its first two possessions of the third quarter, pushing the deficit to an insurmountable 42-7. Western Wayne responded with one last TD drive of its own.
This time Siclari did the honors, rolling in from 10 yards out. Gillette once again split the uprights with his conversion try.
Western Wayne’s offense looked sharp at times, despite the opponent and nasty field conditions. The Wildcats did not commit a turnover and accumulated 300 yards, 189 of which came through the air.
Siclari finished his night with a solid 8-for-13 effort (111 yards).
Harrison and Vonderhey formed a potent 1-2 punch in Western Wayne’s backfield. Josh carried the ball 17 times for 71 hard-earned yards, while Joe amassed 63 yards on only six attempts.
Score by Quarters...
WW 0 7 0 7 - 14
DUN 14 14 14 6 - 48