Wayne Highlands went toe-to-toe with archrival Wallenpaupack Area on Saturday in a Week Three All-County Conference Junior Football League clash.
The Stingers traveled to Paupack this weekend to battle their archrivals in Week Three All-County Conference Junior Football League action.
Sadly for local fans, Wayne Highlands managed just a tie and suffered two losses in the final hours before Hurricane Irene arrived on the shores of The Big Lake.
The ‘I’ Team forged a 0-0 tie with their Junior Buckhorn counterparts.
“We didn’t win, but this was one of the top two or three games I’ve ever been involved in,”?said Coach Jim O’Dell. “It was just a really great game.”
The ‘C’ Team threatened early, but couldn’t punch the ball in against a fired-up Paupack defense. The result was a disappointing 13-0 loss for Coach Mike Bancroft’s squad.
“We were right there,”?he said. “But, we just couldn’t come up with the big play when we needed it.”
The ‘B’ Team came closest to victory, but came out on the short end of a 6-0 heartbreaker.
“I’m very happy with the way we’re playing right now,”?Coach Ron Arnold said. “I?saw a ton of improvement since last week’s game with North Pocono this one.”
Next on the agenda for Wayne Highlands is a full slate of home games this weekend. The Stingers will put out the proverbial welcome mat for Dunmore on Saturday evening.
Opening kick-off for the ‘I’ game is slated for 4:30 p.m. at Honesdale.
Although the Stingers couldn’t manage a scoring drive in the ‘I’ game, there were plenty of stellar individual performances.
Danielle Kellogg ripped off two 30-yard runs in her debut at wingback. Mason Briggs, Kyle Hanson and Jack Savage also recorded solid runs.
Defensively, Jack Keller and Andrew Tucker turned in fine performances at the tackle positions.
Abbie Hessling and Nicole Gaughran were recognized as “Cheerleaders of the Game”?this week.
In the ‘C’ team contest, the Stingers drove all the way to the Paupack three before turning the ball over on downs. It was the closest Wayne Highlands would come to scoring on this particular day.
Luke Bancroft ripped off a 20-yard run for the Red & Black. Sevion Brown also broke loose on several nice runs. They received excellent blocking from right tackle Brock Bellinger.
Defensively, Scott Davis led the Stingers’ charge at middle linebacker. Colby Gregory (end) and Hunter Parenti (tackle) were a potent 1-2 punch in the trenches.
Saturday’s grand finale featured a hard-hitting defensive struggle between the two ‘B’ Teams.
The game’s only score came when Paupack picked off a Wayne Highlands pass and ran the ball all the way to the Stingers’ 20.
From there, Ty Holbert did the honors, ripping off a 13-yard TD run that gave the home team a 6-0 win.
Coach Arnold was especially pleased with the play of his defense.
“They have a couple really big backs and we kept them under control,”?he said. “For the most part, we stopped them cold. It was a total team effort.”
Offensively, Nick Vlacich earned rave reviews for his hard-nosed running at the fullback slot.
Coach Arnold also praised the left side of his offensive line for outstanding effort. He was particularly pleased with the blocking of Barry Joe Davis (guard)?and Jacob Kabonick (tackle).
“Those two kids really threw some big blocks for us,” he said.