Scholastic football: Wilson’s comeback falls short
WEST LAWN, PA
For a fleeting moment, the comeback that was once unlikely began to feel inevitable.
Wilson trimmed a 22-point deficit to one possession and recovered an onside kick with 8:56 remaining.
Only 25 yards stood between the Bulldogs and a potential tying touchdown.
They never got those yards.
Central Dauphin held on to defeat Wilson 28-20 in a non-league football game at Gurski Stadium Friday night.
“I thought we were going to finish the comeback,” quarterback Connor Uhrig said. “We had a penalty or two and it just set us back. We couldn’t get it done then.”
A golden chance was in Uhrig’s hands.
The senior rolled out to avoid the rush and saw Alex Riedel running free in the end zone. Uhrig’s pass was short and fell incomplete.
Wilson turned it over on downs with 6:09 left and never regained possession.
The Bulldogs couldn’t overcome their early mistakes, which included breakdowns in the secondary and ill-timed penalties.
Central Dauphin quarterback Brady Straub burned Wilson for 245 yards on 11 completions.
Straub threw long TD passes to tight ends Grant Smith and Willy Shuller. Those combined with Mike Wise’s two touchdown runs gave Central Dauphin a 28-6 lead with 3:11 left in the third quarter.
Wilson’s defensive line held its own. The Bulldogs struggled to end drives on third and long.”
Blown coverages again,”Wilson coach Doug Dahms said. “Things that we worked on all week. We’re making mistakes. I don’t know the answer other than to keep working”
Wilson (1-2), which couldn’t generate any plays down the field to that point, started to crawl out of the hole.
Abdul MacFoy’s 21-yard touchdown reception on a shovel pass and Iggy Reynoso’s 6-yard TD catch moved Wilson within eight.
Central Dauphin (2-1) had three personal foul penalties during that stretch. Two led to Reynoso’s score and the third allowed Wilson to kick off in Rams territory.
When Sean McAndrew recovered the onside kick, everything was going the Bulldogs’ way.
“We hoped,” Dahms said. “We still had the shot. We had it in the end zone. He dropped it. What are you going to do?”
A holding penalty and a sack impeded the drive and Wilson faced fourth-and-12 from Central Dauphin’s 13.
Uhrig couldn’t connect with Riedel and that was it.
“I want that one back,” Uhrig said. “I’m a senior, a leader on this team. I should make that throw.”
Wilson’s QB didn’t miss many. He was 23-for-32 for 253 yards and two touchdowns.
Reynoso was held in check for the third consecutive game with only 43 yards rushing. Wilson used short passes instead of relying on the running game.
Wilson’s slow start is so rare it makes one research the history books.
Central Dauphin has won three in a row against the Bulldogs. The last time they lost to an opponent three consecutive seasons was Pottsville from 1992-94.
They’ve lost two regular season games for the first time since 2007.
Wilson opens league play against Warwick at home next week. The Bulldogs’ 64-game league winning streak will be at stake.
“We’ve got to get better,” Dahms said. “That’s the bottom line. We can’t keep making mistakes. We’ve got to tighten up.”
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