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40 teams in 40 days – Day 30: Wyomissing Area (3)

Written by: on Monday, August 20th, 2012. Follow David Mika on Twitter.


2011 season

Wyomissing Area finished the season with an 11-1 record and were Berks Section 2 champs.

The Spartans had a ten game win streak and defeated Littlestown and Bermudian Springs in the District 3 2A playoffs.

They lost the District 3 finals to the evidential state champions, Lancaster Catholic.

Helm Grayson completed 58 of 89 for 1,137 yards and 15 touchdowns. Joe Cacchione caught 18 passes for 456 yards and five touchdowns.

Alex Anzalone led Wyomissing with 917 yards on 79 carries and 13 touchdowns. AJ Nally added 770 yards and 19 touchdowns.

Q & A with Wyomissing Area head football coach Bob Wolfrum

We sat down with Wolfrum and talked to him about his team for the 2012 season.

How is your camp going this summer?

Camp went well for the first week. We had a couple of minor injuries, but nothing series. The kids are working hard each day.

We practice at 6am and didn’t have one kid miss the morning practice.

We had a good scrimmage against Great Valley. They had a good number of kids and we got to work out everyone. They all had about the same amount of playing time. We did well, but there were plenty of mistakes and we pointed out to the kids that there is still more to work on. It was a good week.

Who do you have coming back on offense?

We are solid on the offensive line. We have three returning on the line including the tight end.

Ben Wertz moved from tackle to center. Wyatt Metzger is a returning starter at tackle. We have three or four really good guards like Will Kroppe and Bern Donahue. Those guys give us depth. Chris Eaton and Daniel Sweitzer can play on the line. Cody Cox is the other tackle.

Our tight end Spencer Lloyd is back. He is a three-year starter.

Joe Cacchione is our quarterback. He has been our split end for the last three years. We brought him up in 9th grade as a backup quarterback. We moved him out at split end because he is such a good athlete. His backup is sophomore quarterback Scott Kuczala. I wouldn’t rule out that he could be playing too.

Justin Causa is a real good blocking back and runs well. He has gotten bigger and stronger and has worked real hard during the off-season. He is a good one. Mason Smith is probably the strongest kid pound-for-pound on the team. He will see time at halfback.

Alex Anzalone last season played fullback and tailback. This year he will play mostly fullback on offense. Brandon Gonzalez will get some time at fullback. He has break away speed.

Gerald Burns is at receiver. Another kid who is a really good athlete. He is a basketball player too. He will get some reps at running back too. Sean Smith is the other split end out there. He may have the best hands on the team.

We have seven returning on offense.


Who do you have coming back on defense?

The defensive line starts with Jeriko Reyes. He made a lot of all-league teams last season. He is a 225-pounder that runs like a back. Last season against Littlestown, he was getting triple teamed. He is a real key to the defensive front.

Spencer Lloyd plays at defensive end. He started last year for us. We play a double eagle flex. Brandon Gonzalez plays the hybrid position. He is on the line at times and at linebacker at times. Cody Cox, Ben Wertz and Logan Jones will share the nose guard position. The other defensive end will by Connor Reedy.

We have a great crew coming back at linebacker. We have three great ones. Leading the way at weak side linebacker is Alex Anzalone, the Notre Dame recruit. Will Kroppe is a three-year starter and is really fast. He is the middle linebacker. Brian Bamberger is our strong safety or strong linebacker.

We have almost all returning starters coming back in our secondary. Gerald Burns will be the free safety. Mason Smith will be at corner. Joe Cacchione is at corner too. All though, if we can find someone to take his place we will be looking to get him some rest.

We lost four players last year from the starting defense. We replaced them all very well. For a small school, this bunch of kids coming through has had good depth.

We have seven returning on defense.


Who do you have coming back on special teams?

Jonah Bowman is our kicker and punter. Joe Cacchione has been returning kickoffs the last couple of years. But this year we may have Mason Smith back there too. We may have multiple guys back there and you may see Alex back there.



Blue Mountain is always tough. We had some trouble with them last year. Schuylkill Valley coach is the best x and o guy offensively in the league. Berks Catholic is always competitive. The league is getting deeper. Fleetwood is improving.


To have a successful season you have to?

We have to get other people ready to play. Most of these kids are all seniors. We need to get the younger kids some playing time. We think we have a good mix of kids.

For us to be successful those guys need to answer the bell when they are needed.


Home Opener

Wyomissing Area opens at Schuylkill Haven on August 31st

40 teams in 40 days

Day 1 – Mount Carmel Area (4)            Day 11 – Scranton (2)

Day 2 – Manheim Central (3)                Day 12 – Pottsville (11)

Day 3 – Delaware Valley (2)                 Day 13 – Cardinal O’Hara (12)

Day 4 – Southern Columbia (4)             Day 14 – Shenandoah Valley (11)

Day 5 – Berwick Area (2)                      Day 15- Central Dauphin (3)

Day 6 – Easton Area (11)                       Day 16 – Scranton Prep (2)

Day 7 – LaSalle (12)                               Day 17 – Garnet Valley (1)

Day 8 – Downingtown East (1)              Day 18 – Spring-Ford (1)

Day 9 – Council Rock North (1)            Day 19 – Southern Lehigh (11)

Day 10 – Riverside (2)                           Day 20 – West Catholic (12)

Day 21 – Ridley (1)

Day 22 – Imhotep Charter (12)

Day 23 – Pen Argyl (11)

Day 24 – Pennridge (1)

Day 25 – Schuylkill Haven (11)

Day 26 –Bishop McDevitt (3)

Day 27 – Danville (4)

Day 28 – Whitehall (11)

Day 29 – Valley View (2)

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