Troy rips Hornets 28-8 for 2nd win.

By: Wellsboro Gazette | September 13, 1978


Troy capitalized on a stingy defense and a powerful ground game to defeat Wellsboro's Green Hornets in NTL football action Friday night at Wellsboro. The loss put the Hornets record at 0-2 overall and 0-1 in league action. The Trojans are 2-0 overall and 1-0 in league play.

Troy took a 7-0 lead in the opening period when quarterback Bart Matson scampered 44 yards on a quarterback draw, with Brad Lyon adding the extra point.

Midway through the second stanza, the Hornets broke through on a 72 yard screen pass from Doug Keck to Greg Henry. John Driebelbies' run for the two-point conversion put Wellsboro on top 8-7.

The Trojans scored again on a three yard pass from Matson to Kevin Crane with just seconds remaining in the half. Lyon again kicked the extra point to send the teams to the locker room with Troy on top 14-8.

The third period was all Trojans. They took the opening kickoff and drove 90 yards for a score. Matson capped the drive with a five yard run to paydirt. Highlighting the drive was Brion Fleming's 43 yard run and a 41 yard pass play from Matson to Lyon. Lyon again added the extra point to put Troy comfortably in front, 21-8.

The final scoring play was set up by a Trojan interception. Kevin Crane picked off a Hornet pass deep in Wellsboro territory and Fleming's 11 yard touchdown run ended the short drive.

Lyon's fourth consecutive successful point-after concluded the scoring for the night, as the last period and a half were played on even, scoreless terms.

The Hornets' inability to hold onto the ball cost them. They committed seven turnovers, five interceptions and two fumbles. In addition, they were held to only 24 total rushing yards.

Troy, on the other hand, had 319 total yards. 247 of them compliments of the ground game. Fleming ended with 125 yards rushing, while Matson and fullback Jeff Hanes each added 61 yards on the ground.

Wellsboro's next game is this Friday versus Corning East at 8:00 p.m. at Corning.