WAYNESBORO — Even down a key threat, West Perry showed early on that this was a definitely a Mid-Penn Colonial business trip to Buchanan Auto Park Stadium in Waynesboro.
Only problem for the visiting Mustangs, though, was the host Indians also brought their briefcases and coffee mugs.
Waynesboro answered an early punch from West Perry, then unleashed its four-headed rushing attack Friday night en route to a 31-12 triumph that gives Steven Myers’ Indians sole possession of first place in the Colonial.
“Get all of us on the field, and it gives us opportunities to get fakes, counters, stuff like that,” said senior running back Mason Frampton, who rushed for 129 yards and two scores on 13 carries.
Fullback Tom Drumsta churned out a game-high 132 yards and another score on 12 carries, while speed back Jimi Hoffman added 56 yards and a score on five totes. QB Isaiah Kershner, the team’s leading rusher entering this game, had a relatively quiet night, gaining 27 yards on five carries.
“The pullers and putting mobile people at the point of attack, it makes it tough,” Mustangs coach Bob Boden said of Waynesboro’s shotgun Wing-T attack. “We’re not real big on defense, so they can down-block on us and shove us off and kick out. They would spread out secondary out. And if they could pop the first level, they were gone. We couldn’t keep up with them.”
Still, West Perry took the opening kickoff and marched 62 yards in eight plays, the scoring drive capped with a 25-yard run from Kenyon Johnson (18-113 rushing).
This was achieved without leading receiver Joey Reisinger, who injured his knee last week and is week-to-week for the Mustangs (2-4, 2-1).
“Joey’s fast, and he’s a good deep-ball threat, and he makes a defense a little more honest,” Boden described when asked what his team is missing without Reisinger as a top target for QB Dom Salinetro (16-for-34, 172 yards, TD, two interceptions).
Hoffman’s 42-yard TD run on Waynesboro’s second drive, and subsequent extra point from potent weapon George Souders, gave the hosts a 7-6 lead after one quarter.
Frampton added a sensational 47-yard TD in the second quarter when he took a chain sweep to the right, got bottled up near the sideline, then zigzagged back to the left. Souders added a 37-yard field goal with plenty to spare, and the advantage was 17-6 at halftime.
West Perry’s offense, meanwhile, was beginning to struggle against a sizable, aggressive Waynesboro defense, with lineman Daniel Worthy contributing a sack, another tackle for loss and several other key stops.
“They made some adjustments on us, but their defensive line is good,” Boden said. “We needed to make sure we won more battles than they did, and we didn’t. We couldn’t really run the ball very well. In spots we could, and we could drive the ball a little bit, but we couldn’t be consistent. One of our core values is consistent execution, and we weren’t consistent tonight.”
Interceptions by Adam Wertz and Quentin Gaskill led to short touchdown drives in the third quarter, with Drumsta scoring from 22 yards out and Frampton from 8 yards out as the advantage built to 31-6.
Overall, Waynesboro (4-2, 3-0) racked up 380 rushing yards on 45 carries.
West Perry did add another score in the fourth when Salinetro connected with Terrance Quaker (7-87 receiving) on a 40-yard strike, but the outcome was no longer in doubt by then.
“They’re tough because I think they can run it real well,” Myers said. “I think 21 [Johnson] is a real good runner. Obviously the quarterback and receivers are some great players, so it was a stressful week at practice trying to prepare and make sure we’re ready. They moved it a little bit on us early, and we made the adjustments we wanted to make, and we finished it off strong.”
This was Waynesboro’s final home game, and the Indians will head to Big Spring next week. West Perry looks to get back on the winning track when it hosts James Buchanan in a non-league tilt.