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Crossley runs for 352 yards in win

Wyoming Area’s running game more than offset Tunkhannock’s prolific passing attack.

Aaron Crossley had District 2’s top statistical game of Opening Night, carrying 25 times for 352 yards and 4 touchdowns while also throwing for a score when Wyoming Area defeated visiting Tunkhannock, 48-28, in a Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2 game.

The Warriors rushed for 457 yards on 47 carries.

Tunkhannock’s Ben Chilson hit 15 of 29 passes for 212 yards and 4 touchdowns, but the Tigers played from behind the rest of the night after Crossley ran 51 yards for a score just 1:37 into the game.

Crossley then threw a 16-yard touchdown pass for the first of Joe Marranca’s three scores and a 14-0 lead with 3:20 left in the first quarter.

Marranca needed just 4 carries to pick up 42 yards and his 2 other touchdowns. Michael Crane added 46 yards on 10 carries.

Colin Madan caught 6 passes for 65 yards and 2 touchdowns for Tunkhannock while Joey Ross caught 3 for 103 yards and a score.

The teams traded scores in the final 40 seconds of the first quarter, which ended with Wyoming Area in front, 21-6.

Chilson’s touchdown pass to Jeb Stephens was immediately followed by an 82-yard Crossley run.

The teams traded scores through the second quarter to reach halftime with Wyoming Area leading, 35-20.

Chilson sandwiched touchdown passes of 14 yards to Madan and 77 yards to Ross around Marranca’s 30-yard run.

Crossley scored from 18 yards out in the last minute of the half.

There was no scoring in the third quarter, but Marranca went in from the 3 on the first play of the fourth quarter.

Chilson threw to Madan for a 5-yard touchdown and two-point conversion with 3:03 left, but Crossley again answered in the next minute with a long touchdown run.

Crossley’s 65-yard run closed the scoring.

Marranca led the Wyoming Area defense with six tackles, including a sack, and five assists.

The game was the only divisional contest among the openers in District 2.

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