Function of Beauty

Wyalusing goes for two late and makes district final.

By: The Review | Towanda Daily Review | November 4, 2017


MUNCY — In the final minute on Friday the Wyalusing Rams were faced with a choice.

Go for the extra point and a tie and likely overtime, or go for the two-point try and the win.

Wyalusing chose to go for the win and it paid off as they beat Muncy 22-21 to defeat the defending District 4, Class A champions and advance to the district title game.

Creighton Edsell scored on a one-yard run with 36 seconds left to get the Rams within 21-20. That's when the Rams made the call to go for two.

"I actually have to credit Gary Otis a little bit, the principal at Wyalusing, I talked to him a little bit and he told me back in the day coach (Ray) Raffin and coach (Dave) Behrend always said on the road go for two, at home kick the extra point," Wyalusing coach Jordan Clark said. "I thought we had them on the ropes and my kids executed."

Shane Fuhrey threw the two-point pass to Jon Morrison to cap the win for the Rams.

Edsell had a dominant day for the Rams, running for 125 yards and two scores on 31 carries and catching one pass for 10 yards in the win.

"He's a beast, we ask so much of that kid, he came out late to the football team and he did it because he wanted to be there for his friends," Clark said. "He's a state champion wrestler who refuses to lose and he really came through for us tonight."

Muncy got the first score as Colby Alpaugh scored on a nine-yard run with 53.8 seconds left in the first half and Nathan Paisley hit the extra point.

Wyalusing tied it with 6:05 left in the third as Edsell scored on a three-yard run.

Coleman Good threw a seven-yard touchdown to Dylan Wilt with 10:43 left and Paisley hit the extra point as Muncy went up 14-6.

Fuhrey tied it with a seven-yard run and at two-point pass to Will Martin with 7:05 left.

Moyer had a one-yard run with 4:19 left and Paisley hit the extra point as Muncy went up 21-14, before the Edsell score and the game-winning two-point try.

For the Rams, it was a tough regular season as they went 3-7 playing the NTL large-schools. However, that tough schedule is something that Clark thinks is helping them now.

"We definitely let a couple games earlier in the season go that we thought we should have taken," Clark said. "Backloading our schedule a little bit, we played some really quality opponents. Ultimately I think that really prepared our kids for our playoff push."

Fuhrey threw for 112 yards in the game on 13-of-24 passing. Morrison had four grabs for 43 yards and Martin had six grabs for 43 yards. Edsell, Calvin Burke and Riley God all had catches.

Good ran for 100 yards and threw for 44 for Muncy and Alpaugh ran for 52 yards.

Now, the Rams are headed to the district final where they will face a Montgomery team they beat in double overtime earlier this year.

"It's always been a dream of mine to win a district championship, I was 0-2 as a player, to get the opportunity my first year coaching it’s really a blessing," Clark said. "What more can you ask for, two teams playing each other that went to two overtimes the first time."