Unger and Anzalone Lead Wyomissing to Hershey
Philadelphia, Pa., The Wyomissing Area Spartans used an effective Wing-T offense and quarterback Corey Unger connected on two key receptions propelling the AA, District 3 champs to a 35-13 win over District 12 champ Imhotep Charter at Benjamin Johnson stadium and a date in the state championship game next week.
Imhotep came into the game with a 14-0 record and a defense that allowed a paltry five points per game. For the Spartans to be successful they needed to play up tempo in their scheme and keep from letting the Panthers skill players from breaking long gains as they have all season.
Wyomissing got on the board first in the second quarter going 94 yards in seven plays and ending with Brandon Gonzalez 11 yard touchdown run. Notre Dame Commit Alex Anzalone keyed the drive with a 58 yard jaunt in the series. Imhotep struck back immediately four plays later when David Williams dodge two tacklers and spun away for a 50 yard touchdown.
Unger struck back with a 45 yard touchdown pass to a wide open Gerald Burns on the Spartans next series and connected on another pass of 50 yards to Joe Cacchione before Anzalone bulled in from three to extending their lead to 21-7 at the half.
If Imhotep was going to get back into this game they had to reverse the Spartans momentum and for a time, Coach Albie Crosby’s group gained it. DeAndre Scott perfectly executed a fake punt and weaved his way to a 44 yard score. However, after forcing Wyomissing to punt they were bogged down on their own 8 yard line after two penalties. Wyomissing got the ball back in Imhotep territory and needed just six plays as Justin Causa ran in from 11 and gave the Spartans a lead that Imhotep could not overcome.
Unger’s story is quite incredible considering the circumstances. Upon transferring last year from Fleetwood, he was deemed ineligible to play after a ruling from the PIAA. He practiced all year and became eligible to play on December 1when the Spartans made it to the state quarterfinals last week and contributed in their win versus Danville. “I really wasn’t expecting to be in this position” said Unger. “I wanted to do whatever I could to help the team during the season and I ran the scout team plays. I can’t believe I am in this position now.”
Spartan coach Bob Wolfrum felt equally fortunate. “We knew with all their team speed that we would have to run right at them but their size concerned me” the coach remarked. “We were successful with our inside traps and fullback leads.” Crosby, obviously disappointed was frank afterwards when asked about preparing for the Panthers vaunted, well disciplined Wing-T. We were successful earlier in the year with the same scheme Strath Haven used against us, “the coach said. “They just operated it better than we defended it”
Wyomissing will move on to Hersey next week and play an explosive Aliquippa team from the Wpial Conference. Imhotep ends their season with their only loss and a season that the school will not soon forget.
Notes: Bowman put three kickoffs in the end zone for Wyomissing. Anzalone is a powerful back and linebacker with blazing speed. He often took on multiple tacklers and extended many of his runs by a couple yards after initial contact. Anzalone will opt to graduate from high school right after the state championship and enroll at Notre Dame in January. Williams said that his top four college choices are Penn State, Ohio State, South Carolina and Miami.
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Wyomissing 0 21 7 7 35
Imhotep 0 7 6 0 13
Scoring by Quarter
WY – Brandon Gonzalez – 11 run – (PAT – No Good) – 8:33
IM – David Williams – 50 Run – (PAT – Denniston Moore) – 7:20
WY – Gerald Burns – 45 Pass from Corey Unger – (2 Pt. – Scott McAvoy pass from Unger) – 5:06
WY – Alex Anzalone – 3 run (PAT – Jonah Bowman) – :49
IM – DeAndre Scott – 44 run (PAT – Blocked) – 9:45
WY – Justin Causa – 11 run (PAT – Bowman) – 1:19
WY – McAvoy – 11 run – (PAT – Bowman) – 6:10
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