Wyandt delivers key field goal for BG
DANVILLE — Bishop Guilfoyle sophomore kicker Deven Wyandt had not played in a football game since the third week of the season.
Yet, with 10:24 left in the PIAA Class 1A semifinals, his team down by one point against Lackawanna Trail and a chance to go to Hershey and play for the state title on the line, his number was called Friday at Ironmen Stadium.
The field goal attempt was just 20 yards, but it was at a tough angle — the left hashmark on that short of a field goal meant Wyandt had to kick the ball sideways almost as much as he had to put distance on it. Still, the ball found its way through the uprights to give BG a 9-7 lead in the Marauders’ eventual 11-7 triumph.
“Nothing like your first game back, and it’s the state semifinals, and we need you to kick us a field goal in the fourth quarter to get us a lead,” Bishop Guilfoyle coach Justin Wheeler said. “We’re at that point in the program where guys know they have to step up, and our expectations are that they are going to do it. The great thing about it is, the kids believe they can. He had no doubt. He said he was making it. It was a pretty cool moment.”
Wyandt, who didn’t get a chance to kick on an extra-point attempt at the end of the first half when holder Adam Chadbourn was tackled after a bad snap, suffered a broken collarbone in the third week of the season and is just one of several Marauders making their way back from injuries and making an impact.
“It was really nerve-wracking,” Wyandt said. “I just tried to act like I was in practice and focus. I knew I had to make it, and when I saw it go through, I just thought, thank God. So happy to be going to Hershey.”
Quarterback Konner Kiesewetter also returned from injury last week and threw for 92 of his 121 yards on the Marauders’ only touchdown drive.
“Having Konner back has really given us a passing game,” Wheeler said. “The second half, we got the lead, so we went a little more conservative. But he’s able to really let it go, and you saw that early with him making some reads and plays. That’s going to help us in the state championship game to be a dual-threat team.”
Perhaps the most welcome sight for Marauder faithful Friday came when star running back Keegan Myrick broke two tackles and avoided another with a spin move before running for 52 yards to set up Wyandt’s field goal early in the fourth quarter.
“I haven’t used my spin move much since my knee injury,” Myrick said. “But that run really showed that I am back and ready for Hershey.”
Myrick, Kiesewetter and Wyandt will be making their first appearances in the state final but are appreciative of Bishop Guilfoyle’s recent history.
“Teams dream of this, and some teams don’t even make the playoffs,” Myrick said “We’re so lucky to be at BG and have such great coaches and be part of this so frequently.”
Myrick also had a pair of diving interceptions to stop Lackawanna Trail drives.
“We weren’t sure if he was going to be able to go offensively and defensively, but before the game he said he would go both ways,” Wheeler said. “When you have a kid as good as that, when he tells you he can go both ways, you let him do it.”