When Muhlenberg took the field on Saturday at Wyomissing, the memory of last season’s 34-7 loss was still fresh in their minds. This year’s Muhls team is experienced and looking to assert themselves as a contender in Section 1.
The Spartans came into the game hoping to shrug off a 35-7 loss to Conrad Weiser a week ago. They would need to improve defensively if they hoped to do so.
Brendan Dudek got the scoring started for Muhlenberg as he split the uprights from 27 yards out. The touchdown combination of quarterback Antonieo Dominguez and wide receiver Eli Quinter added to the Muhls lead shortly after.
Jack Baker got the Spartans on the board in the second quarter when he scored from 6 yards out. Following a missed PAT, Muhlenberg held a 10-6 lead.
Senior running back Ben Ortiz answered for the Muhls, scoring from 3 yards out, giving Muhlenberg a 16-6 lead at the half.
Following a poor punt, Wyomissing used great field position to their advantage to get on the board in the second half. Junior QB Scott Kuczala found senior tight end Finnegan Daly who made a great 16 yard toe-tapping reception for the touchdown, moving the Spartans to within 3 points at 16-13.
That was as close as the Spartans would ever get. Kuczala saw one of his passes intercepted by senior safety Eli Quinter, who then returned it 52 yards for a touchdown, putting the Muhls up 23-13, which was the final score.
Leading the Muhls offensively was Antonieo Dominguez, who completed 7 of 13 pass attempts for 98 yards and a score. On the receiving end, Eli Quinter hauled in 4 of those 7 completions, gaining 61 yards and a touchdown. On the ground, Ben Ortiz carried 20 times for 120 yards and a touchdown. Ortiz now has 8 touchdowns on the season, which is tied for the most for a running back in Berks County.
Next week, Muhlenberg will put their undefeated record on the line as they travel to Elverson to take on a winless Twin Valley team in their first league matchup. Wyomissing, now 1-2, will face a tough road test against Blue Mountain when they begin their league play Friday.