Wis­sahickon can’t stop Ryan run game

The Ambler Gazette - - OPINION - By Mike Lawler

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.

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