BY ERIC SHULTZ, STAFF WRITER / PUBLISHED: OCTOBER 22, 2016
WILLIAMSPORT — Williamsport proved it was the best of the best.
The Millionaires hosted Wyoming Area on Friday night in a game between the Wyoming Valley Conference’s No. 1-ranked offenses and defenses, respectively, in scoring and yardage per game.
From the Millionaires’ first snap, they proved they were up for the challenge. Led by three rushing and two passing touchdowns by quarterback Isaiah Hankins, Williamsport blew past the Warriors in a 62-21 rout at STA Stadium.
“We have a lot of dangerous weapons,” Hankins said. “It’s real easy; if everybody does their job, then it’s crazy what my offense can do.”
Out-running defenders down the sidelines and creating separation with jukes and cut-backs that seemed to almost never fail, the Millionaires’ athleticism was on full display all night.
Trey Potts took four carries for 186 yards and three touchdowns — on runs all topping 50 yards — before exiting the game at halftime, when his team led 56-14. Hankins ran for 117 yards with three touchdown runs of 20 or more yards.
Hankins also hit Elliott Walker for a pair of touchdown passes totaling 86 yards.
The physical Warriors (7-2) entered the game allowing 191.2 yards per game and 10.7 points per game. The Millionaires (8-1), which averaged 500.1 yards and 47.3 points per game before the game, still did the following by halftime: reached 356 rushing and 106 passing yards for 462 yards of total offense; scored seven touchdowns on 21 plays; punted only once.
“You really have to pick your poison,” Millionaires coach Charles Crews said. “We were clicking tonight. It was senior night, we’re senior-heavy and those guys all came to ball. We’re a tough team to defend.”
Wyoming Area went three-and-out on the game’s opening drive, setting the Millionaires up at their own 42-yard line. Potts took a carry to the right sideline, hit the breaks to make one defender over-pursue him, cut inside past another Warrior and went 58 yards for a score.
The Warriors tried a fake punt on their next drive that resulted in an incomplete pass and a turnover on downs at the Williamsport 44. Two players later, Hankins rolled out before darting upfield for a 54-yard score.
After another punt, Potts bounced a carry to the left sideline before escaping a tackle, going backward and reversing field all the way to the opposite sideline. He ran 69 yards for a score, and Williamsport led 21-0 on four offensive snaps.
“Our coaches brought it up every day in practice that they had the best defense we’ve faced so far,” Hankins said. “So we definitely put that in the back of our minds, and we wanted to prove a point out here. To make a point that our offense is unstoppable, and the only people that can stop our offense is ourselves.”
Receiver Marc Minichello was a bright spot for the Warriors. Minichello kept coming out of the slot and getting behind the Williamsport safeties, and he caught four passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns, one from starter P.J. Angeli and another from backup Steve Homza.
Warriors running back Brian Miles had a rushing touchdown and an interception.
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