Function of Beauty

Wyalusing survives late Canton comeback to win 20-12.

By: The Review | Towanda Daily Review | September 3, 2016


With less than thirty seconds on the clock, fourth down and down by eight, Canton's Ridge Moore heaved a 50/50 pass to the two-yard line where his teammate Byron Matthews made a miracle catch while diving back to the ball for 24 yards.

Moore then got his team to the line of scrimmage and spiked the ball to stop the clock with just enough time for one more play. For their final play, Moore faked a handoff to his halfback and turned to run a bootleg pattern that had worked so well for them Friday night in Wyalusing. But this time it failed when Moore's plant foot slipped, forcing him to one knee at the two-yard line, ending the game.

"They beat us all night on that bootleg pass," said Wyalusing head coach Frank Kinney after the game. Ridge Moore and the Warriors finished the night with 165 yards passing and one touchdown against the Rams. "We got the win, and I'm thankful for that."

Ryan Kipp and Derrick Clark led the Wyalusing offense on the ground, controlling the clock and field position for most of the night. Kipp scored all three of the Ram's touchdowns on 16 carries for 97 yards, he also recovered a fumble on defense. Clark did the dirty work for Wyalusing's offense, grinding out tough yards through the middle of Canton's scrappy defense. He finished with 17 carries for 71 yards.

Wyalusing's QB Calvin Burke was 4-5 on the night for 67 yards passing and a two-point conversion. He also had three carries for 11 yards.

Running back Carl Gowin provided a much needed spark for the Ram offense in the fourth quarter, rushing for 37 yards on seven carries.

James Bowman led Canton's rushing attack with 12 carries for 70 yards. Moore also chipped in with eight carries for 27 yards on quarterback scrambles. Gavin Hoffman finished with seven carries for 15 yards.

Levi Gaiotti led the Canton receiving corps with five catches for 51 yards. Zach Davy tallied two catches for 66 yards and a touchdown while Byron Matthews had two catches for 30 yards.

Wyalusing goes to North Penn-Mansfield next week and Canton will go to Bucktail.