Wyoming Area has been accustomed to beating up on Northwest the last few seasons. In fact, the Warriors have never lost to Wyoming Area.
But Friday in Shickshinny, the Rangers turned the tables on the locals.
Northwest’s Austin Mazonkey ran for 239 yards and three touchdowns in a 55-13 rout of Wyoming Area Friday night in Wyoming Valley Conference play.
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.
Spencer was 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 put up only 168 total yards against the Rangers. Running back Jeff Skursky ran for 63 yards before leaving the game with an injury in the third quarter.