Ea­gles bat­tle but lose to Wy­omiss­ing

Re­turn TD sinks Blue Mtn.

The Republican Herald - - SPORTS - By MIKE CAR­NA­HAN STAFF writer

WY­OMISS­ING — Satur­day af­ter­noon was some­what typ­i­cal of the way Blue Moun­tain’s foot­ball sea­son has gone so far.

The Ea­gles did plenty of good against a very good team. But they just weren’t able to put enough “good” to­gether to win.

A 90-yard kick­off re­turn by Alyas Bran­ford was the topper to a big 21-point third quar­ter by Wy­omiss­ing dur­ing what turned out to be a 28-21 vic­tory over the Ea­gles on a hot af­ter­noon.

The game was tied 7-7 at the half. Then the Spar­tans (4-0) came to life as they turned their first two sec­ond­half pos­ses­sions into points. De’shaun Wil­son pulled in a an 18-yard touch­down pass from quar­ter­back Ben Terefenko on a leap­ing grab for the first score, while Max Hurle­man ran in from 50 yards out for the se­cond to make it 21-7 with 5:46 left in the third quar­ter.

The Ea­gles came back, how­ever, on a 35-yard touch­down run by Calogero Cares­tia to cut the deficit to seven.

Then came the de­cid­ing touch­down on the en­su­ing kick­off. Bran­ford caught the ball at the 10, found a big hole up the mid­dle, got through the first wave nearly un­touched and then out­ran the rest of the cov­er­age for the score. It pushed Wy­omiss­ing’s ad­van­tage back to 14 with 1:41 left in the quar­ter.

The Ea­gles (1-3) cut the deficit to seven on a 9-yard scor­ing pass from David Krew­son to Nate Calderone on a fade pat­tern with 2:31 to go. But an on­side kick was un­suc­cess­ful and Wy­omiss­ing ran the clock out to re­main un­de­feated on the sea­son.

“That seems to be what is hap­pen­ing to us this year,” Blue Moun­tain coach Cory Mabry said. “We watch film and ex­pect to see a lot of neg­a­tives but we re­al­ize we are do­ing a lot of re­ally good things. We are just mak­ing mis­takes that cost us. Giv­ing up the kick­off re­turn for a touch­down af­ter a great drive and a great an­swer, it de­flates you a lit­tle bit and puts you be­hind the 8-ball.”

It’s the se­cond con­sec­u­tive week the Ea­gles lost a game by a seven points or less. A week ago, Blue Moun­tain fell to Chest­nut Hill Academy 20-18 when the Ea­gles missed on a two-point at­tempt that would have tied the game with 3:30 re­main­ing in the con­test.

Still, there was a lot of good Blue Moun­tain did Satur­day, such as:

Krew­son, un­der heavy pres­sure al­most ev­ery time he dropped back to pass, con­tin­ued his ex­cel­lent start to sea­son by hit­ting on 14-for-26 for 170 yards. His fa­vorite tar­get again was Calderone (7 catches, 94 yards).

The Ea­gles’ run­ning game pro­duced 195 yards on 42 car­ries against a de­fense that al­lowed 65 yards last week to Muh­len­berg and leads the Berks League in run de­fense at 94.3 yards to per game. Cares­tia led the way with 79 yards on 13 car­ries.

Blue Moun­tain out­gained the Spar­tans 365-270, while the Ea­gles’ de­fense held Wy­omiss­ing to 54 yards of first-half of­fense and one first down. Blue Moun­tain also re­cov­ered two fum­bles in the game.

But the Ea­gles couldn’t over­come the bad.

Blue Moun­tain fum­bled the ball on its se­cond of­fen­sive play. It led to the Spar­tans’ first touch­down, a 1-yard plunge by Ti­mothy Kowal­ski. Krew­son tied the game on a 1-yard sneak mid­way through the se­cond quar­ter.

In the third quar­ter, Wy­omiss­ing’s of­fense came to life. The Spar­tans first drive went seven plays and cov­ered 67 yards. The se­cond was 58 yards in five plays.

“That was a mat­ter of them com­ing out with a lit­tle bit of an at­ti­tude,” Mabry said. “I think we stunned them a lit­tle bit in the first half. We just weren’t mak­ing plays on those drives. We had a cou­ple of peo­ple out of po­si­tion.”

The back­breaker turned out to be the kick­off re­turn, and it came right af­ter it ap­peared Blue Moun­tain had got­ten back in the game.

“That’s a good foot­ball team,” Mabry said. “I don’t think I have to say that. They are al­ways go­ing to be com­pet­i­tive and they are al­ways go­ing to play hard. I thought our kids did what we needed to do to­day, ex­cept a play here and a play there, and it is a dif­fer­ent game. It is back to the draw­ing board, come out and work a lit­tle harder for next week, do ev­ery­thing in our power to get ready for the Schuylkill League and try to win as many games there as we can.”

DAVID KREW­SON Blue Moun­tain quar­ter­back

CALOGERO CARES­TIA rushes for 79 yards and a td

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