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October 05. 2013 12:39AM
TOM ROBINSON For The Times Leader



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WEST PITTSTON – Jeff Skursky went into the Wyoming Area locker room as a lead blocker. He came out as a devastating runner.


Skursky’s halftime conversion from fullback back to tailback sparked a Wyoming Area comeback and carried the Warriors to their second victory of the season, 42-28 over Holy Redeemer on Friday at Jake Sobeski Stadium.


Holy Redeemer led 12-0 at halftime, until Skursky carried for 272 of his 284 yards on 24 second-half carries. Skursky ran for four touchdowns and a pair of two-point conversions to account for 28 points.


“They told me when we were going out that I was going to run,” Skursky said of the halftime adjustments by the Wyoming Area coaching staff. “I wasn’t going to let them down.”


With fullback Robert Wargo leading him through holes that the Wyoming Area offensive line began tearing in the Holy Redeemer defense, the 210-pound Skursky built up the momentum he used to run over tacklers.


“Downhill running,” Skursky said. “That’s what Wyoming Area is all about.”


At least in the second half.


Skursky changed the feel of the game by carrying 15 times for 137 yards and two touchdowns in the third quarter alone to give the Warriors a 21-12 lead. Then, he finished off Holy Redeemer by scoring on three straight carries – including touchdowns 12 seconds apart – in a wild final five minutes.


The Warriors and Royals combined for 23 points in 26 seconds as part of a stretch in which they packed 37 points into 3:01.


Jimmy Strickland hit Eric Kerr with a 25-yard touchdown pass, the second scoring connection of the game for that combination and the first of two fourth-quarter scoring tosses by Strickland. That cut Wyoming Area’s lead to 27-20 with 3:57 left.


Skursky decided the game by running 51 and 19 yards for touchdowns on the next two plays – before and after Johnathan Urban recovered a fumbled kickoff by Holy Redeemer.


Eric Shorts returned the opening kickoff 80 yards up the middle to put Holy Redeemer in front and the Royals played well with the lead.


Holy Redeemer ran on 20 of 26 first-half offensive plays, picking up 10 first downs and adding to its lead on a 12-yard, Strickland-to-Kerr pass at the end of a 17-play, 94-yard scoring drive.


Wyoming Area 42, Holy Redeemer 28

Holy Redeemer`6`6`0`16`—`28


Wyoming Area`0`0`21`21`—`42


First quarter

HR – Shorts 80 kickoff return (run failed), 11:45


Second quarter

HR – Kerr 12 pass from Strickland (pass failed), 10:52


Third quarter

WA – Michaels 12 run (Stillarty kick), 9:27


WA – Skursky 8 run (run failed), 4:39


WA – Skursky 7 run (Skursky run), 2:07


Fourth quarter

WA – Skursky 17 run (pass failed), 5:14


HR – Kerr 25 pass from Strickland (Kerr run), 3:57


WA – Skursky 51 run (Skursky run), 3:43


WA – Skursky 19 run (Stillarty kick), 3:31


HR – P. Villani 10 pass from Strickland (Shorts pass from Strickland), 2:13


Team statistics`HR`WA


First downs`16`20


Rushes-yards`32-147`51-326


Passing yards`166`88


Total yards`313`414


Passing`10-21-0`4-8-0


Sacked-yards lost`2-17`2-23


Punts-avg.`5-32.2`1-38


Fumbles-lost`2-1`2-0


Penalties-yards`10-87`4-30


INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING — HR, Renfer 8-42, P. Villani 10-37, Strickland 10-26, Kerr 1-26, V. Villani 3-12, Hoggarth 0-4. WA, Skursky 27-284, Michaels 8-31, Wilson 9-31, Marsola 1-4, Murray 1-minus 2, Borton 3-minus 20, Team 2-minus 2.


PASSING — HR, Strickland 10-21-0-166. WA, Borton 4-6-0-88, Gorki 0-1-0-0, Zezza 0-1-0-0.


RECEIVING — HR, Kerr 5-124, Hoggarth 2-11, Shorts 1-15, P. Villani 1-10, V. Villani 1-6. WA, J. Seabridge 2-29, Steve 1-35, Murray 1-24.


INTERCEPTIONS — None.


MISSED FGs — WA, Stillarty 31 (blocked).




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