On Friday, the Wilson Bulldogs will host one last game at Gurski Stadium in 2013. The Bulldogs hope to continue what has been a magical 12-0 season with a home win and a trip to Hershey to play for a District 3 AAAA championship. Standing in Wilson’s way on the visiting sideline will be a very good Lower Dauphin Falcons team.
The Falcons, who enter Friday’s matchup with an 11-1 record, are fresh off a win over Exeter. The Falcons used 21 first half points, combined with a strong defensive effort, to propel themselves to a 28-0 victory over Exeter.
The Falcons are led by senior dual-threat QB Troy Spencer, who has thrown for 332 yards and 5 touchdowns this season, while also rushing for a team-high 1287 yards and 19 scores. Joining Spencer in the backfield is senior halfback Dalton Yentsch, who has carried for 986 yards on the year.
Defensively, the Falcons will be dependent upon defensive end Trey Klock, who has 9 sacks and 17 tackles for loss this season. Klock, a senior, has already verbally committed to playing football at Georgia Tech under head coach Paul Johnson.
The Bulldogs, of course, also dealt their opponent a shutout loss last week, beating Penn Manor 27-0. Offensively, the Bulldogs will look to do more of the same. Last week they received an outstanding effort from sophomore tailback Shane Dantzler. The Bulldogs will look to split carries between Dantzler and senior multi-purpose back Johnny Raifsnyder, while QB Matt Timochenko spreads the wealth to a slew of different receivers.
If the game comes down to special teams, both Wilson’s Hunter Rubright and LD’s Joe Julius are more than adequate when it comes to kicking the ball. Rubright set a Berks County record last week for field goals in a season with 11. Rubright currently ranks 3rd in Pennsylvania in scoring amongst kickers with 84 points on the season. Meanwhile, Joe Julius is right on his heels with 10 FG made and 75 total points. Julius has reportedly drawn interest from Pitt, Penn State, and Syracuse for his kicking abilities.
Prediction: Wilson 23, Lower Dauphin 20