Punt returns spark Wellsboro, 32-16.

By: Wellsboro Gazette | September 28, 1994


Some teams don't return three punts for touchdowns in a season. Far fewer teams do it in a game. On Friday night, the Wellsboro Hornets did it in a half! Three punt returns for three touchdowns in the first two quarters.

The end result was a 32-16 non-league football win over North Penn at Wellsboro. The win, Wellsboro's second straight, evened their season record at 2-2. North Penn fell to 0-4.

Jared Mahon opened the scoring in the first period when he fielded a punt at the Wellsboro 33-yard line. Sixty seven yards later, Wellsboro was on top to stay, 6-0. Ian Carson's 14 yard touchdown run later in the first stanza increased the hosts lead to 12-0.

The second quarter scoring consisted of two punt return touchdowns and an extra point. Carson ran in from 42 yards out after fielding a Panther kick. Several minutes later, Mahon returned his second one for a touchdown, this time from 52 yards. Following Ché Regina's extra point boot,the Hornets led comfortably, 25-0 at intermission.

The lead swelled to 32-0 in the third stanza on a Carson three yard scoring jaunt. For the night, Carson finished with 119 yards on only eight carries, a 14.9 yards per rush average. In addition to his pair of punt return touchdowns, Mahon ended the evening with 44 rushing yards on five attempts.

North Penn rallied late in the third and fourth quarters to cut the Wellsboro lead in half.

The first Panther touchdown came on a one yard run by quarterback Jayme Gross. Gross then hit running back Teke Yeager with a successful two-point conversion pass.

The lone points in the fourth quarter came when Gross hit Jason Karns on a 34 yard scoring pass. Chris Olson followed with the Panthers' second straight two-point conversion, this one a run.

North Penn will host Muncy Saturday afternoon, October 1 at Blossburg in a Mid Penn Conference matchup.

Wellsboro travels to Marian Catholic (near Tamaqua) for a 1:30 p.m. game, also on Saturday, October 1.