Wyomissing prepares for high school football challenge in southern Colombia
The Wyomissing have won 20 consecutive regular season games, competed in the PIAA Class 3A Championship game last season, and have held the state championship banner since 2012.
The addition of the nine District 3 championships won by Sparta makes for a very impressive resume.
But it’s not as good as what the southern Colombia football program has achieved over the past three decades. The Tigers have won 11 PIAA tiles since 1994, the last four in class 2A. The Tigers haven’t lost since the 2016 PIAA Class 2A title game. In summary, we’ve had 65 consecutive wins in total and 93 straight wins in the regular season.
“They keep winning this streak,” said Matthew Kramer, senior linebacker / fullback at Wyomissing. “If they beat us, they would set a state record, so they have a lot of pressure, but they also have the pressure to win.”
The 5-0 game between the two teams in Catawissa at 7 p.m. Friday highlights the Berks County team’s action in week six.
Friday will also kick off the Berks Football League Section 1 schedule and the Lancaster-Libanese League Section 1 schedule. In addition to tonight’s six games, Twin Valley will travel to Fleetwood on Saturday at 7pm.
Governor Mifflin’s scheduled game against Reading High was called off on Saturday afternoon due to the Reading schedule’s COVID-19 protocol, and Mustang was unable to find an alternate opponent.
It focuses head-on on the Wyomissing-Southern Colombia showdown, featuring two teams with a strong tradition and the two most successful coaches in Pennsylvania high school history. Jim Ross of southern Colombia leads the list with a 461-63-2 record. Bob Wolfram of Wyomissing is ninth on the state’s highest earner list, scoring 327-85-1.
“Like them, our children expect to win on every ride. That’s what we expect on Friday when they know they’re the same way, ”Wolff said. Ram said. “No matter what happens, it will be fun.”
Sparta and the Tigers were scheduled to play in Wyomissing last season, but the game was called off due to a cut short season due to a coronavirus pandemic. No next match between the two teams is planned.
That’s why Friday games are even more important for Wyomissing players to see how they’re rated against the state’s top small school, Jaguar Note.
“They’re a great team and we all know that,” Wyomissing quarterback Ben Zeckman said. “They keep winning crazy streaks.
“I think it will be a really special game. We have a lot of tradition and history, so I think it’s fun for the two programs to compete against each other.
Zechman exploits the offensive Wyomissing Wing-T, which prefers to keep the ball on the ground. Over the course of five games, Zeckman completed 20 of 31 passes at 306 yards and completed two non-interception touchdowns.
Fullback Tommy Grabowski leads the rushing game with 10 TDs to 421 yards and 61 carries. Amory Thompson (28 carries, 266 yards) and Drew Eisenhower (35 carries, 228 yards) each recorded five touchdowns.
Sparta also has a stubborn defense which has allowed just 21 points in the first half of the first five games.
Linebackers Grabowski and Jason Miller lead the defense. Gravowski has the team’s 28 best tackles, Miller has 23 tackles and a blocked punt. Julian Dimaio has 14 tackles and fumbles, including 3 high sack teams.
The defense is put to the test by a powerful attack from southern Colombia who also enjoys playing football. The Tigers are led by Gavin Garcia, who traveled 766 yards and 12 touchdowns to catch 4 assists with 123 yards and 2 scores.
Senior quarterback Liam Clebon is 29-17 with 396 yards and four touchdowns, which might not be playable in Friday’s game and could be replaced by a second breakwise.
“I think every team can win,” said Iben Williams, a junior junior tackle at Wyomissing. “Even though there is always a little intimidation, it inspires us even more. They have great footballers, and so do we.
“I still believe in the Wyomissing Spartans.”