Wissahickon can’t stop Ryan run game
For Montgomery Media
Wissahickon eigh ran into a battering ram Friday night. The TrojansI fresh off a seasonopening victoryI faced the Catholic ieague’s Archbishop Ryan Raiders at homeI looking to get two early season wins.
What they didn’t count on was the running and banging of Ryan’s Jeremiah Agrio. Though listed as 165 poundsI the senior running back ran over and through the Trojans for 150 yards and three touchdowns. Wissahickon stopped him for 12 yards Rn IRuU FDUULHs WKH fiUsW WZR Raiders’ series. Then he began their third with a 13yard carry and that just got the ball rolling downhill.
“They zone blockI” said Wissahickon coach Jeff Cappa of Ryan’s offense. “7KHy JHW KLP WR find D KROH and he just runs.”
Agrio capped that third series with a two-yard touchdown run after picking up 34 yards on the drive. eis run gave Ryan a 9-T lead two minutes into the second quarter. Kicker Joe ptock had drilled D 34-yDUd fiHOd JRDO IRU D 3-0 OHDd ODWH Ln WKH fiUsW TuDUWHU.
The Trojans in between had taken a T-3 lead on a 4U-yard TD pass from Randy FrankenfiHOd WR GRUdRn BHnWOHy ZLWK 2:04 UHPDLnLnJ Ln WKH fiUsW.
Ryan then took a 16-T lead midway through the second quarter when quarterback Brian Kennedy hit Bobby RomanR Rn D fly SDWWHUn WKDW OHIW KLP behind the Trojans defense for a 3U-yard scoring strikeI That unnerved the locals for a while as they stopped themselves with penalties on their nHxW WZR SRssHssLRns.
“The biggest thing was we made a lot of mistakesI” Cappa said. “We hurt ourselvesI Not the passingI not the runningI penalties.”
The Trojans did cost themselves 50 yards in penaltiesI but they also had a long pass brought back by RnH ODWH Ln WKH fiUsW, WKDW could have gotten them closer at halftime. Ryan also got 50 yards worth of flDJs, buW WKHLUs dLdn’W sHHP to hurt as muchI
The Trojans got a good running game from Dan Murphy. The tailback ran for TT yards and a TD. But he just didn’t have the effect Agrio had.
“Murphy ran for us last yearI” Cappa saidI “one of our big guys. We ask him to do a lot.”
Taking the second half kickI the Raiders upped their lead to 22-T when Agrio took a toss and was virtually untouched for a 14-yard score. But the Trojans were not out of it. They completed a 65-yard drive with a 19-yard Murphy run with 4:43 left in the third to cut the lead to 22-14. They held Ryan on four downsI but shot themselves in the foot when Murphy fumbled a handoff at the Wissahickon 34. Four Agrio runs covered the Trojan territory with Agrio’s 14-yard scamper giving Ryan a 29-14 lead with U:50 left to play.
The Trojans came back ZLWK D 56-yDUd FUDnNHnfiHOd pass to a wide open Brandon Pace-Jerry behind the Ryan coverageI That brought Wissahickon to within 29-21 with under eight minutes to play. But their hopes faded in their nHxW sHULHs ZKHn FUDnNHnfiHOd was intercepted by Travon Williams at the Raiders 15 with 3:39 left. They got the ball back lateI but were unable WR PRYH LW SDsW PLdfiHOd.
“They’re a great football teamI” Cappa said of the RaidersI whoI like WissahickonI evened their record at 1-1. “They play hard and tough and don’t make too many mistakes. We saw ZKDW WKHy FDn dR Rn fiOP Dnd knew what they would do.” They just couldn’t stopAgrio. AfterwardI Cappa told his team it was only one lossI that they would overcome it.
“These are all convertible thingsI” he said of Wissahickon’s mistakes.
The Trojans travel to Central Bucks West on FridayI looking to convert those mistakes into a win.