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WEEK 8: WARRIORS FALL TO DALLAS IN OT 21-20

 

TIMES LEADER

WEST PITTSTON — Dallas’ Christian Motley is often the shortest player on the field on Friday nights. But he often plays like the smartest as well.
So when Wyoming Area’s best receiver went in motion on a two-point conversion try in overtime, the 5-foot-5 junior knew what was coming.
More importantly, he stopped it.
Motley broke up the two-point pass as Dallas held on for a 21-20 overtime victory in a Wyoming Valley Conference Division 4A game.
Dallas improved to 6-2 with its second consecutive one-point victory. Wyoming Area fell to 3-5, losing for a fourth time by three points or less.
Dallas got the first crack to snap the 14-14 tie and found the end zone on its second play. Fullback Bradley Adams slipped out of the backfield and quarterback Mike Starbuck tossed a 7-yard TD pass to him a split second before being hammered by Wyoming Area defensive end Cameron Carr.
David Schuster, pressed into kicking duties with Nate Maransky hurt, converted the extra point for a 21-14 lead.
Wyoming Area then used three rushes, the final a 1-yard plunge by Donovan O’Boyle, to move within 21-20. The Warriors decided to go for two points. Receiver Marc Minichello went in motion right — to Motley’s side of the field — and quarterback Dominic DeLuca rolled that way.
With a defensive lineman on his heels, DeLuca had no option other than to force the ball to Minichello. Motley had him blanketed and the throw had no chance of success.
“I saw Minichello come in motion and go to the flat,” Motley said. “I knew he’s their number one guy and the play is most likely going to him.”
The decision to go for a two-point conversion came down to several factors.
“(Kicker) F.J. (Braccini) was available but hurt a little bit,” Wyoming Area coach Randy Spencer said. “Again, we’re at home and with the momentum. We thought we’d get the look we wanted with play. We got it, we just didn’t get it.”
The outcome was the reversal of last year’s District 2 Class 4A quarterfinal game where Wyoming Area stopped a Dallas two-point try with 19.6 seconds left for a 13-12 victory.
Motley also had an interception — his fifth of the season — in the third quarter and one play after Wyoming Area had a 21-yard TD run by O’Boyle wiped out by a holding penalty.
“He might be the shortest guy out there,” Dallas coach Rich Mannello said, “but he’s one of the toughest and one of the toughest-minded kids that I’ve seen.”
Dallas took a 14-0 lead thanks to two long runs by Starbuck. The first covered 50 yards on the game’s fifth play of the game. The other went 60 yards and set up running back Danny Meuser for a score from the 2-yard line. Starbuck had 135 yards rushing at halftime, but finished with 109 as the Warriors ended the bursts up the gut.
After that, the Mountaineers drove to the Wyoming Area 32, 27 and 25 yard line only to come up empty.
“That’s three times inside the 30 without points, and you can’t have that,” Mannello said.
Wyoming Area came back to move within 14-7 by halftime. DeLuca used a series of short to medium throws to move the Warriors down the field before hitting Steve Yordy for a 32-yard gain down the left sideline. Yordy tightroped the sideline before stepping out at the Dallas 1.
Two plays later, DeLuca threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Shane Eslick, who was wide open in the right part of the end zone.
DeLuca and Yordy hooked up on a 20-yard TD pass early in the fourth, as Wyoming Area tied the score 14-14.
Dallas 21, Wyoming Area 20 OT
Dallas`7`7`0`0`7`—`21
Wyo. Area`0`7`7`0`6`—`20
First quarter
DAL — Mike Starbuck 50 run (David Schuster kick), 10:01
Second quarter
DAL — Danny Meuser 2 run (Schuster kick), 10:43
WA — Shane Eslick 3 pass from Dominic DeLuca (FJ Braccini kick), 6:45
Fourth quarter
WA — Steve Yordy 20 pass from DeLuca (Braccini kick), 10:09
Overtime
DAL — Bradley Adams 7 pass from Starbuck (Schuster kick)
WA — Donovan O’Boyle 1 run (pass failed)
Team statistics`DAL`WA
First downs`12`12
Rushes-yards`38-228`36-103
Passing yards`43`174
Total yards`271`277
Passing`4-12-0`15-23-2
Sacked-yards lost`3-23`0-0
Punts-avg.`6-38`4-34
Fumbles-lost`1-0`2-0
Penalties-yards`5-50`10-91
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING — Dallas, Lenny Kelley 8-34, Meuser 17-63, Starbuck 11-109, Matt Maransky 2-24. Wyo. Area, Justin Joseph 8-15, Charlie Banashefski 4-10, DeLuca 13-49, Marc Minichello 2-(minus-2), O’Boyle 8-32, team 1-(minus 1).
PASSING — Dallas, Starbuck 4-12-0-43. Wyo. Area, DeLuca 14-21-2-168, Robbie Trottini 0-1-0-0, Minichello 1-1-0-6.
RECEIVING — Dallas, Adams 3-35, Kelley 1-8. Wyo. Area, Brian Williams 3-49, Minichello 7-59, Banashefski 1-6, Yordy 2-52, Eslick 1-3, DeLuca 1-6.
INTERCEPTIONS — Christian Motley 1-2, Adams 1-1.
MISSED FGs — none.

CITIZENS VOICE

WEST PITTSTON — Trailing Dallas by 1 point in overtime after a Donovan O’Boyle 1-yard touchdown run, the Wyoming Area coaching staff had a crucial decision to make.
The Warriors could kick the extra point and send their defense on the field with the hope of holding the Dallas offense for one more possession, or go for two and potentially win the game.
The Warriors chose the latter and the Mountaineer defense stepped up to the challenge.
Quarterback Dominic DeLuca looked toward receiver Marc Minichello in the right corner of the end zone but delivered the ball a bit late, giving the Dallas defender time to recover and deflect the pass and securing the 21-20 victory for the Mountaineers at Jake Sobeski Stadium.
“Hats off to Wyoming area and their staff,” Mountaineers head coach Rich Mannello said. “Great call on their part — there’s no second guessing there. That’s the way to do it.”
Dallas quarterback Michael Starbuck provided a spark offensively for the team in the first half.
Coming into the contest the signal-caller had just 59 yards rushing on the season.
Starbuck eclipsed that mark on just two plays, ripping off runs of 50 and 60 yards including one for a touchdown on Dallas’ opening four-play, 1:59 drive.
The 60-yarder set up a Danny Meuser 2-yard score to give Dallas a 14-0 advantage early in the second quarter.
The Warriors trimmed the lead to 14-7 about midway through the second quarter when DeLuca connected with receiver Shane Eslick on a four yard pitch and catch.
DeLuca spread the ball around to six different receivers in the first half, finding Marc Minichello six times for 35 yards in the half.
“I don’t know if we ever really stopped (DeLuca and the receivers),” Mannello said. “Across the board there’s going to be a lot to improve on here.”
The score would remain the same until late in the fourth quarter when DeLuca found tight end Steven Yordy for a 20-yard touchdown.
Dallas scored on its lone overtime possession on a 7-yard pass from Starbuck to fullback Bradley Adams, and the defense held its ground on Wyoming Area’s attempt to win the game.
Contact the writer:
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