Reynoso’s four TDs lift Wil­son past Spring-Ford

The Phoenix - - SPORTS - By Sam Ste­wart sstew­art@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @Sa­muel_Ste­wart7 on Twit­ter

ROY­ERS­FORD » Nearly twenty-five years has passed since Wil­son’s foot­ball pro­gram started a sea­son 0-2.

Run­ning back Iggy Reynoso made sure that streak con­tin­ued ... in an em­phatic way.

The se­nior back put Spring-Ford de­fend­ers on skates through­out a dom­i­nat­ing four­touch­down per­for­mance that had the Bull­dogs fend off a valiant Spring-Ford ef­fort en route to a 28-21 vic­tory Fri­day night at Coach McNelly Sta­dium.

“Our coaches al­ways set up a good game­plan for us ev­ery week, and they just told us to go out there and ex­e­cute,” Reynoso said. “We watched a lot of film dur­ing the week and our guys were fo­cused in. We know what we’re go­ing to do and we just had to ex­e­cute. We did that tonight.”

Reynoso fin­ished with 109 yards re­ceiv­ing and two touch­downs on three re­cep­tions and added 63 yards on 10 car­ries with an­other two scores on the ground — both team bests.

Im­pres­sive stats, sure. The way he ac­cu­mu­lated the yards, how­ever, was sim­ply sen­sa­tional.

Reynoso turned in high­light-reel touch­downs, the first stem­ming from a 6-yard run where he re­versed field af­ter run­ning out of real es­tate on a pitch and bee-lined to­ward the py­lon, stretch­ing out as he was hit by a SF de­fender along the goal line tomake it 7-0 late in the first. He sprung again in the se­cond quar­ter, haul­ing in a swing pass from quar­ter­back Con­nor Uhrig and break­ing free from three would-be tack­lers en route to a 64-yard score that gave the Bull­dogs a 13-7 lead. Tied at 14 in the third, a 6-yard touch­down run gave the Bull­dogs the ad­van­tage again be­fore he turned in his fi­nal high­light-reel catch in the fourth, haul­ing in an­other swing pass be­fore juk­ing one de­fender, re­vers­ing field and down the side­line for a 35-yard score that put the Bull­dogs ahead to stay, 28-21.

Don’t ask him to take too much credit, though. The back was quick to de­flect the ac­co­lades, es­pe­cially to Sean McAn­drew, who was a men­ace on the de­fen­sive side of the ball and to quar­ter­back/punter Con­nor Uhrig, whose punt in the third quar­ter pinned the Rams at their own 1-yard line. The Rams fum­bled two plays later to set up Reynoso’s third touch­down.

“I can’t let my team down,” Reynoso said. “They do a lot for me so I need to do a lot for them. My of­fen­sive line is the best. Guys like Wy­att Schan­nauer, Nate Keller, Nick John­son, they opened the lanes for me and helped make those plays hap­pen.

“You never know what that man (McAn­drew) is up to. He did great of­fen­sively and de­fen­sively. He does a lot for us. Con­nor Uhrig does a lot for us of­fen­sively, he’s the leader of the team. It was an all-around team ef­fort.”

The all-around team ef­fort was needed against a Spring-Ford squad that came in look­ing to put the pieces to­gether fol­low­ing a 1-1 start. The ef­fort was un­de­ni­able, but the big plays by Reynoso and two turnovers were enough to negate the qual­ity play from the Rams’ spe­cial teams and quar­ter­back TJ Pergine.

“There’s no moral vic­to­ries,” Spring-Ford head coach Chad Brubaker said af­ter the Rams lost to Wil­son for the se­cond con­sec­u­tive sea­son. “We’re not go­ing to pat our­selves on the back for play­ing hard. That’s our ex­pec­ta­tion, play­ing hard and play­ing with en­thu­si­asm.

“There’s things that we can build off tonight, go­ing for­ward. There were a lot of guys that grew up tonight, and we can work with that.”

Pergine stood out as one of those play­ers. He was ex­cel­lent in the loss, throw­ing for 276 yards and two touch­downs while show­ing an in­nate pocket pres­ence that al­lowed him to evade the ever-present Wil­son rush. His play was matched by re­ceiver/de­fen­sive back Justin DeFrancesco, whose 31-yard touch­down re­cep­tion tied it at 21 with 10:42 left in the fourth. DeFrancesco fin­ished­with 33 yards re­ceiv­ing on four re­cep­tions and chewed up 65 yards on the ground on 14 at­tempts.

Dante Bo­nani fin­ished the game with a teambest eight re­cep­tions for 92 yards while Mitchell Vag­nozzi fin­ished with 32 yards on two re­cep­tions, his 27yard touch­down re­cep­tion in the se­cond quar­ter giv­ing Spring-Ford a 14-13 lead en­ter­ing the half.

NOTES » Uhrig fin­ished the game with 194 pass­ing yards on an 8-of-20 ef­fort. McAn­drew fin­ished with an in­ter­cep­tion. ... SpringFord out gained Wil­son 340279. Rick Groce fin­ished with three re­cep­tions for 45 yards, his 27-yard re­cep­tion in the se­cond quar­ter lead­ing to a 5-yard Pergine touch­down run to tie it at 7.

SAM STE­WART — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Wil­son’s Iggy Reynoso leaves Spring-Ford de­fend­ers be­hind en route to a 64-yard touch­down in the se­cond quar­ter.

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