Ryan Womack knew he wasn’t going to sneak up on opponents this year.
So instead, he ran right past them.
The Times Leader Player of the Year in football led the entire Wyoming Valley Conference in rushing with 1,253 yards, rushing touchdowns with 21 and points with 138.
“Coming back after the year I had last year, I felt every team was out to get me,” Womack said. “It was ‘If we stop Womack, we stop GAR.’ But the team stepped up, our quarterback stepped up, our receivers stepped up and we made big plays all around.”
Womack continued his stellar play in two District 2 Class 2A playoff games, adding 329 rushing yards and four more touchdowns as the Grenadiers finished 10-2 and the district runners-up.
Womack was also an incredible performer from his safety position. He picked off six passes and was very strong in run support, finishing with 75 tackles.
And then there was the special teams aspect of his play as he returned a punt and kickoff for touchdowns.
The final accomplishment came Tuesday when Womack was named to the Associated Press Class 2A all-state first team.
Those achievements by the son of Antonio and Althea Womack and stepson of Martha Womack were even more impressive when another factor was added. Womack also held a part-time job to go along with football and school work.
“It was hard,” Womack said. “I had to keep giving my managers my schedule so that they knew about the football games. And then I had to keep up with school work. It’s tough.”
Womack believes the hectic schedule will be beneficial in the long run.
“Working and going to school showed me I can be more responsible as a person, that I had to learn how to manage my time right,” Womack said. “My parents always told me when I go out to the big world I’ll have to learn to manage my time and be responsible.
“So going to school, working and playing football helped me out a lot.”
Womack’s future plans are college where he wants to continue playing football. Delaware, Hofstra, Temple and West Virginia are among the colleges that have shown interest in him as either a running back or defensive back.
He is also pretty certain what academic field he would like to study.
“Something in engineering because I’m really good at math,” Womack said.
With the numbers he put up on the football field during his high school career, he needed to be.