SHICKSHINNY — Austin Mazonkey wasn’t about to let Wyoming Area earn another lopsided victory over his Northwest Rangers.
Instead, Mazonkey and his teammates turned the tables on the Warriors.
Mazonkey ran for 239 yards and three touchdowns in a 55-13 win over Wyoming Area to inch Northwest closer to the top in the District 2 Class A playoffs.
“We always play this team and it seems to never be close,” Mazonkey said. “We were like, ‘Not this year.’ We played with a lot of emotion tonight and we got the win.”
The score shown on the scoreboard as the final buzzer sounded wasn’t indicative of how the game was played. The Rangers held only a 13-6 cushion over Wyoming Area. And it was a 30-second span that gave the Warriors hope once, and a crushing defeat twice.
Northwest turned a Wyoming Area fumble into a score with 6:46 to play in the third. On the ensuing kickoff, Farrod Condry scooped up the patented Northwest squib kick at his 28. He made one move and was gone, down the sidelines for the touchdown.
“We had the ability right there to make this a football game,” Wyoming Area coach Randy Spencer said. “It was tough when we started to accumulate the injuries. Northwest came out strong in the second half and finished it off.”
Down 20-13 at that point, Wyoming Area was in it, and they had some momentum. But on Northwest’s next possession — the first play to be exact — Mazonkey put the nail in the coffin with a 65-yard touchdown run.
“We’re blessed with some good running backs in Mazonkey and (Tyler) Burger,” Northwest coach Carl Majer said. “We’re finally getting the right combination together but we have to come back next week. We have to play some great football coming up.”
Spencer was also impressed with the way Mazonkey ran Friday night.
“He’s outstanding,” he said. “I thought he played tough early and he definitely worked hard and took advantage of his opportunities.”
The Rangers put up 21 points in the fourth quarter, after matching that total in the third quarter.
Quarterback Logan Womelsdorf was efficient for the Rangers. He finished 5-for-8 with 80 yards and a 47-yard touchdown pass to Nick Long to open the scoring in the fourth quarter.
Northwest moves to 7-2 on the season. They are pretty much a lock for the No. 3 seed in the District 2 Class A playoffs. The Rangers host Montrose next week in the final game of the regular season.
“We feel pretty good right now,” Mazonkey said. “We have Montrose next week so we have to focus on that and head into districts.”
The loss drops Wyoming Area to 3-6. The final game of the season for the Warriors will be the annual battle with Pittston Area at home.
“Wyoming Area is a big, strong football team,” Majer said. “Their record is no indication. We have to learn how to pay hard-nosed football for four quarters from here on out and this is a start.”
Northwest 55, Wyoming Area 13
NW — Austin Mazonkey 5 run (Jeremy Walsh kick), 7:37
WA — Jeff Skursky 1 run (kick failed), 8:10
NW - Tyler Burger 6 run (kick blocked), 5:19
NW — Mazonkey 1 run (Walsh kick), 6:46
WA - Farrod Condry 72 kickoff return (Danielle Stillarty kick), 6:34
NW - Mazonkey 65 run (Walsh kick), 6:19
NW - Adam Schechterly 1 run (Walsh kick), 0:44
NW — Nick Long 47 pass from Logan Womelsdorf (Walsh kick), 9:56
NW - Womelsdorf 5 run (Walsh kick), 8:23
NW - Schechterly 3 run (Walsh kick), 7:08
Team statistics`Wyo Area`Northwest
RUSHING — WA, Jeff Skursky 11-63, Marty Michaels 9-45, Ryan Gorki 4-12, Wargo 2-12, Pugh 2-6, Jeremy Zezza 8-3, Kyle Borton 2-(-3). NW, Mazonkey 26-239, Schechterly 5-11, Womelsdorf 4-9, Burger 2-4.
PASSING — WA, Borton 3-6-24-1, Zezza 2-5-6-0. NW, Womelsdorf 5-8-80-0.
RECEIVING — WA, Benny Steve 3-23, Jeremy Seabridge 1-1, Michaels 1-6. NW, Long 1-47, Gary Godfrey 3-21, Dakota Bowman 1-10.
INTERCEPTIONS — NW, Garrett Reese 1-5.
MISSED FGs — WA, AJ Lenkaitis 1-50.