MONTROSE — Western Wayne came out with both guns blazing in its Week One Lackawanna Football Conference game at Susquehanna.
Led by the potent 1-2 tailback combination of Rob Siclari and Jayson Figueroa, the Wildcats ran the Sabers off their own home field en route to a 50-0 rout.
This dominating win had Varden fans giddy with anticipation for what most hoped would be a wildly successful season. After struggling through an injury-plagued 2011 campaign, Coach Allen "Butch" Keller seemed to have his team focused on a run at the division title and a possible District Two playoff berth.
Alas, with the season now half gone, those goals have been modified a bit.
On the heels of that opening day triumph, the 'Cats suffered three straight losses, two of which came in excruciating fashion...a fact that led their Hall of Fame coach to throw down the gauntlet.
"Things are definitely going to change this week," he said after last Friday's loss at Trail. "We were just terrible and that won't happen again. I can promise you that."
Whatever words of wisdom Coach Keller imparted to his troops this week during practice obviously took hold. The 'Cats traveled all the way up to Montrose and utterly dominated the Meteors en route to a 41-0 victory.
"I think it's pretty safe to say they got the message," he said with a chuckle. "We really emphasized the ideas of playing together, playing with a purpose and playing aggressive football."
With this win, Western Wayne upped its regular season record to 2-3. Next up for the 'Cats is a Week Six home game against Riverside.
Opening kickoff for Friday night's ballgame is slated for 7:00 p.m. at the Sharkey Rosetti Memorial Athletic Complex.
No Holds Barred
Western Wayne quickly established its bruising ground game early on in this one.
Figueroa and Siclari were once again at the forefront of the attack.
Jayson broke the scoring ice midway through the first quarter on a 4-yard touchdown run. The versatile junior tailback would also make his presence felt in the passing game by hauling in a 34-yard scoring strike early in the third period.
Siclari turned in another explosive performance. Robbie needed just eight carries to accumulate 121 yards rushing. The highlights of his day came on TD runs of 66 and 12 yards.
Western Wayne's top back squashed any hopes Montrose fans had of a miracle comeback when he brought the second half kickoff back 88 yards to paydirt.
Conner Rosensweet and Johnny Rhodes also contributed big plays in the this lopsided win.
A senior who starts at both inside linebacker and fullback, Rosensweet turned a short pass into a 44-yard TD reception.
Page 2 of 2 - Rhodes was a model of efficiency against Montrose. Johnny carved up the Meteors' young secondary by hitting 4-of-5 attempts for 81 yards and one score.
"I'm really pleased with how Rhodes threw the ball," Coach Keller said. "He looked good out there. He was very efficient and made some reallly good decisions."
Coach Keller was also quick to mention Brandon "Bubba" Hadden when dissecting his team's overall performance.
Hadden is a senior who starts on both sides of the ball, as a linebacker and guard. Thanks in large part to Hadden's blocking, Western Wayne running backs averaged 9.7 yards per carry. However, it was his defensive play that earned rave reviews.
"Bubba did a really nice job," Coach Keller said. "He got after people all game long. It seemed like Bubba was in the backfield on every play. He attacked the ball really aggressively and that's what we want to see."
Score by Quarters...
WW (2-3) 14 20 7 0 - 41
MON (0-5) 0 0 0 0 - 0