Hornet defense keys big win over Troy.

By: Wellsboro Gazette | September 27, 1989


The Wellsboro Hornet football team got back in the Northern Tier League race Friday night by shutting out the visiting Troy Trojans, 17-0. The win improves Wellsboro's record to 2-1 in NTL play, 3-1 overall.

The game was played in a steady rain.

The night belonged to the Hornet defense which held Troy to only 108 yards of total offense and kept them off the scoreboard. Troy managed only five first downs on the night, and only once crossed midfield into Wellsboro territory.

Wellsboro scored the only points of the first half on Jason Kennedy's 10 yard scoring run and Oscar Umerez extra point kick.

The 7-0 Hornet lead remained unchanged until early in the fourth period when Wellsboro quarterback Jeff Zuchowski hit Steve Miranda on a 44 yard touchdown pass. Umerez added the extra point to stretch Wellsboro's edge to 14-0.

Umerez then kicked a 23 yard field goal with 0:58 left to make the final 17-0.

Kennedy led the Wellsboro ground-attack, gaining 107 yards on 21 carries for a 5.1 yards per carry average. Seth Yost also averaged over five yards a carry, churning about 64 yards on 12 rushes. Zuchowski also ran 12 times for 30 yards.

Miranda added 71 yards while touching the ball only twice. In addition to his 44 yard touchdown catch, he carried the ball one time for 27 yards.

Troy meanwhile, was held to a total of 87 yards rushing on 27 attempts, and 21 yards passing on three completions.

The Trojans' Bobby Williams, who caught nine passes for three touchdowns in Troy's  three previous games, was held to a single reception for only three yards.

Wellsboro now travels to Canton for a 1:30 p.m. game on Saturday, September 30 versus the 3-1 Warriors.