Wildcats Made History Hosting First-Ever Home Playoff Game

Zach Rovinsky, Staff Reporter

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The Western Wayne Wildcats football team ended their 2017 regular season by topping the West Scranton Invaders 27-19 to secure their seventh win of the season and to finish with an incredible 7-3 record.

Winning the game against West Scranton gave the Cats home field advantage during their first district playoff game in school history, played at the Sharkey Rosetti Sports Complex against Lake-Lehman.   However, the game ended in a heartbreaking loss for the Cats with a score of 27-26. Although the “Our defense stepped up in the second half,” Head Coach Randy Wolff said. “But I thought we were a little out of character tonight with the penalties. The mistakes we made tonight weren’t ones we’ve made all year.”

Coach Wolff, who is a North Pocono Alumni and was previously a defensive coordinator at Delaware Valley, said the team was “a little out of character” with mistakes “that weren’t ones we’ve made all year.  Wolf played a big role in helping the Wildcats succeed this year. When asked how it felt to be hosting a playoff team for the first time in school history, Wolff had nothing but good things to say. “Last year’s team set the bar with winning the Eastern Conference Championship,” said Wolff. “This year’s team worked very hard in the offseason to get where they are today. As far as hosting this playoff game goes, nothing feels better than feeling like there’s no tomorrow.”

One of the team’s top leaders, junior Dylan Walck, worked diligently during practice along with his teammates  all year in order to ensure the Cats of a victorious season.  Dylan, who had 17 total receptions this year for a total of 346 receiving yards and three touchdowns as of early November, has been a part of the varsity football team for three years. He was energized to pump up to keep their momentum from the start of the season.  “It’s vital to keep our momentum moving and focus on one game at a time,” Dylan said. “We are very focused not only on winning every game, but we are also focused on creating a bright future for years to come.”