Biglerville's season ends with blowout in semis
Team can't gain traction against tough, talented Wyomissing team
Heading into Saturday's District 3 Class AA semifinal game, Biglerville head coach Alex Ramos knew his team faced a tall task in 11-0 Wyomissing. Still, Ramos tried to get his players to believe they could upset the undefeated Spartans.
"Before the game, you're trying to tell your guys you can play with (Wyomissing)," Ramos said. "You want them to believe. But they're in a class of their own. They're a machine."
It didn't take long on Saturday to see that Wyomissing truly was in a different class than Biglerville, as the Spartans scored six times in the first half on their way to a 42-14 win. The loss ended Biglerville's season, as the team finished the year with an 8-4 record.
The Canners were simply outmatched in both size and speed, as they failed to pick up a first down in a first half in which they gained just four yards and fell behind 42-0. Biglerville finally found some success moving the ball in the second half against Wyomissing's second string, scoring twice to make the final score more respectable.
Afterwards, Ramo said wasn't at all embarrassed by how the game turned out despite the score.
"There's no shame in losing to a team that's hands down better than you," Ramos said. "I feel no shame in admitting that at all."
A week after they had great success running the ball in a 30-7 playoff win over Hanover, the Canners came out throwing on Saturday. That gameplan proved to be unsuccessful, as senior quarterback Ben Hurda missed on his first five throws and finished the first half just 2-of-12 for 9 yards.
The Canners didn't fare much better when they did try to run, as the Saprtans defensive line led by 6-foot-3, 300-pound Robert Dunbar kept Biglerville's ball carriers bottled up.
"I absolutely thought we'd have more success throwing the ball," Ramos said. "We needed to sustain drives and get some first downs and we didn't do that at all in the first half."
On the other side of the ball, Wyomissing pounded the ball with running backs Brandon Westwood, Brandon Workman and Christian Martir before letting quarterback Charlie Tonneslan air it out at the end of the second quarter. Tonneslan threw two touchdowns in the final 2:15 of the first half, something Ramos said he had "absolutely no animosity towards at all."
The loss ended a very successful season for the Canners in which they captured a division title a year after finishing 5-6. Afterwards, Ramos said he hopes his players will learn from the loss while still being proud of the season they had.
"They've helped take our program to another level and expectations are higher because of things they've done," Ramos said. "Hopefully some of our young kids here are witnessing this and are hungry to get back. We want to keep building from here."
Wyom -- Brandon Westwood, 1 run (Conner Mendel kick is good) 8:14
Wyom -- Westwood, 2 run (kick is good) 2:47
Wyom -- Charlie Tonneslan, 3 pass to Colin Smith (kick is good) 10:15
Wyom -- Westwood, 8 run (kick is good) 8:12
Wyom -- Tonneslan 44 pass to Jarvay Bolton (kick is good) 2:14
Wyom -- Tonneslan, 10 pass to Andy Urban (kick is good) 0:02
Big -- Scott Cooper, 3 run (Colton Sentz kick is good) 5:56
Big -- Sentz, 6 run (kick is good) 9:31
Rushing — Big, Sentz 12-42, Showers 3-22, Cooper 4-1, Hurda 1- -14, Malakai Curtis 1-36. Wyom, Westwood 11-47, Christian Martir 9-84, Brandon Workman 6-43, Smith 3-20, Nolan Babb 2- -3, Alberto Caraballo 5-18, Joe Marez 2-4, Payton Gonzalez 2-5, Nasir Combs 2-6, Abhisek Kalani 2-1, Austin Kohl 1-7.
Passing — Big, Hurda 7-19-61. Wyom, Tonneslan 9-12-144.
Receiving — Big, Sentz 1-4, Showers 1-5, Nate Newberry 5-52. Wyom, Smith 3-28, Bolton 1-44, Urban 2-23, Martir 1-28, Westwood 2-21.