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Mickel, Hornets shock Warriors

Max Mickel did a little bit of everything Friday night while helping make sure Wyoming Area got nothing offensively.

Mickel ran for the game’s first touchdown, was the defensively leader and kicked all three extra points when Honesdale went on the road and pulled off a 21-0 upset over the 2021 District 2 Class 3A finalists in a non-league game.

With Wyoming Area up an enrollment classification to 4A, the two 1-1 teams could wind up jockeying for position in the middle of a pack of 10 teams pursuing eight District 2 postseason berths.

Mickel made seven tackles, including a sack, and assisted on nine more along with intercepting a pass.

Rocco Fluck, Tyler Winters and A.J. Hinton were all in on at least 10 tackles while Honesdale limited a usually potent Wyoming Area running game to 3.3 yards per carry on 45 attempts.

Aaron Crossley ran for 118 to lead the Warriors, but to do so, he needed 27 carries, more than he had last week while running for 352 yards and 4 touchdowns in the opening win over Tunkhannock.

Mickel’s 20-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter gave Honesdale a 7-0 halftime lead. He led the Hornets with 63 yards on 12 carries.

Sophomore Bradley Bibalo picked up a third-quarter blocked punt at the Wyoming Area 15 and ran it in for a touchdown.

Isaac Carmody took his only carry 50 yards for a fourth-quarter touchdown. He was also the game’s leading receiver with 3 catches for 42 yards.

Honesdale outgained Wyoming Area, 154-148 on the ground, 78-15 through the air and 232-163 total.

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