Wiley, Ridge continue evolving
NEW PARIS – Chestnut Ridge’s Tyler Wiley made the switch to quarterback for his senior season after the graduation of Beau Bosch.
Despite having seen a little time under center in junior high and JV, the move at the varsity level has been a gradual one that has evolved game-by-game.
The signal-caller took a giant step forward in his progression as he passed for a career-high 258 yards and two touchdowns while running for another as the Lions pounced on Penns Valley early and often in a 42-0 rout on Friday night at Dr. Giovacchini Stadium.
“It’s been a lot of work to get to this point,” Tyler Wiley said. “I’m getting pretty comfortable with it (the quarterback position). The linemen, tonight and every night, have been giving me plenty of time to throw the ball, and they’ve been blocking good up front for runs.”
With the victory, the Lions won for the seventh time in eight tries, while PV, who played without star quarterback Ben Alexander due to injury, saw its record fall to 2-6.
“Tyler’s looked good all year as far as his accuracy and so forth,” Chestnut Ridge coach Max Shoemaker said. “We thought there was some things in our game plan we thought we could take advantage of defensively and with there adjustments. Overall he had a great night, and we caught the ball well.”
While his arm took center stage on the night – completing passes to five different receivers – his legs got Ridge on the board first just two plays after the Rams’ Dan Kozar lost 7 yards on a punt attempt.
Wiley followed up a first down 4-yard run by Matt Wiley with a 20-yard juke and gallop around the right side to start the scoring at the 10:15 mark of the opening quarter.
Following a Kozar punt of 32 yards, the Lion quarterback completed two passes to Trent Crouse totaling 25 yards, and another to Colby Hillegass for 37, while also running for 14 before his cousin, Matt, plowed in from a yard out behind the blocking of Shane Davis and Conner Buttry.
“They’re a really good football team,” Penns Valley coach Martin Tobias said of Chestnut Ridge. “They benefited from having really good field position most of the first half – that’s what set them up for their scores.”
Chestnut Ridge kicker Sean Van Meter missed a 45-yard field goal attempt wide left when the offense failed to move the ball on the Lions’ next drive.
The next offensive series for Ridge provided the only big blemish for Tyler Wiley as he was intercepted by Luke Bitsko at the PV 5. Fortunately, the Lion defense, which surrendered just 4 total yards in the first half, pushed the Rams backwards for negative-16 yards before Kozar was forced to punt for the fifth time.
“They (Penns Valley) were without their top gun (Alexander) we didn’t know that,” Shoemaker said. “We prepared for him to be there that certainly put a big dent in their offense. Our defense has played pretty consistent all year.”
Tyler Wiley used a 31-yard strike to Noah Osman to help set up Matt Wiley’s second TD on the next play from 3-yards out with 2:03 left in the half.
Penns Valley went three-and-out once again, and after Tyler was hit for an 8-yard loss, he tossed back-to-back passes to Bryan Feather for 23 and 33 yards respectively, the second one was a pinpoint throw that accounted for the fourth scoring play and put Ridge up 28-0 with just 1.3 ticks to go before halftime.
Tyler concluded the first half with a stat line that read 10-of-16 for 206 yards through the air, while orchestrating 15 first downs and 270 yards of total offense to just the 4 yards the Lion defense gave up.
“They were executing (on offense). If we took away one facet, they were going to the next one,” Tobias said. “They have so many dynamic weapons and they’re such a big physical team that you can’t take away everything.”
To make matters worse for the Rams, Chestnut Ridge received the second half kickoff, and the Lions put together a 10-play, 68-yard drive that Matt Wiley capped off with a 5-yard burst up the middle at the 7:06 mark of the third. Van Meter, who celebrated his 18th birthday, got a gift as his PAT was tipped but still managed to find its way through the uprights – kicking the mercy-rule running clock into effect with Ridge up 35-0.
After a PV turnover on downs, Tyler Wiley ended his night with a 15-yard pass to Feather, who dodged and shook off several Ram tacklers on his way to the end zone from 15-yards out to set the final after Van Meter tacked on his sixth extra point of the evening.
For the game, the Chestnut Ridge defense allowed just four rushing yards and 42 passing yards. Meanwhile, the offense racked up 397 total yards, 139 of which came on the ground, and 23 first downs.
“I know I’m not historically known for my passing game, but we’ll throw the ball if we have the opportunity,” Shoemaker said. “Tyler has done a really good job of getting the ball out quick on some of our short routes. We have a nice corps of receivers that can catch and run a bit.”
Chestnut Ridge will travel to Bellefonte next Friday, while Penns Valley welcomes Tyrone.
“They’re physical up front,” Tobias said. “They don’t have to bring extra guys. They have a big physical front six that they can put in that box and force you to try and run against it, and it’s hard. It’s hard to do.”
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Penns Valley ……………………………………………….0 0 0 0 – 0
Chestnut Ridge14 14 7 7 – 42
CR-T. Wiley 20 run (Van Meter kick), 10:15.
CR-M. Wiley 1 run (Van Meter kick), 3:20.
CR-M. Wiley 3 run (Van Meter kick), 2:03.
CR-Feather 33 pass from T. Wiley (Van Meter kick), 1.3.
CR-M. Wiley 5 run (Van Meter kick), 7:06.
CR-Feather 15 pass from T. Wiley (Van Meter kick), 11:11.
RUSHING: Penns Valley-Collison 11-25, Bitsko 3-1, Bubb 3-5, Tobias 5-(-27), Hurd 1-1, C. Hess 1-(-1). Chestnut Ridge-M. Wiley 13-44, Crouse 1-9, T. Wiley 12-63, Feather 2-(-2), McGill 1-2, Hillegass 1-5, Hauck 4-18.
PASSING: Penns Valley-Tobias 5-16-1-42. Chestnut Ridge-T. Wiley 13-19-1-258, Hauck 0-0-0-0.
RECEIVING: Penns Valley-Collison 1-(-2), Bubb 1-1, Beamesderfer 2-42, Bitsko 1-1. Chestnut Ridge-Crouse 5-80, Feather 4-80, Grubb 1-18, Hillegass 2-49, Osman 1-31.
INTERCEPTIONS: Penns Valley-Bitsko. Chestnut Ridge-Dillow.
First downs 623