Eagles battle but lose to Wyomissing
Return TD sinks Blue Mtn.
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