Wellsboro tops Sayre, 28-6; improves to 4-0 on season.

By: Wellsboro Gazette | September 25, 1996


Matt Kennedy rushed for 135 yards and a touchdown on Wellsboro's second play from scrimmage to lead the Hornets to a 28-6 Northern Tier League football win over visiting Sayre Friday night.

Kennedy took a handoff on the Wellsboro 46-yard line and raced 54 yards into the end zone before most of the large homecoming crowd had even gotten comfortable in their seats.

Following the early score neither team was able to mount much of a scoring threat until the Hornets found the Sayre end zone again late in the second quarter.

Wellsboro quarterback John Lundgren went the final four yards and the hosts took a 12-0 lead into the halftime festivities.

The third quarter turned into the Jamie Jones Show. The junior wide receiver fielded a Sayre punt at his own 31-yard line and scampered 69 yards for Wellsboro's third touchdown. Dave Laczi booted the extra point and the Hornets led 19-0.

The lead ballooned to 26-0 when Jones scored again, this time on a 35 yard run from scrimmage. It was Jones' only carry of the evening. Laczi again kicked the extra point.

Wellsboro's final points came in on a fourth quarter safety.

Sayre averted a shutout late in the final period when Redskin quarterback Jim Braggs hit wideout David Shaw on a 12 yard  touchdown pass.

The win improves the Hornets' record to 4-0 on the season, 2-0 in NTL play. Sayre dropped to 0-2 in the Ieague, 0-4 overall.

Kennedy rushed for his game high 135 yards on only 12 carries for an average of 11.2 yards per tote. For the season he has gained 543 yards on the ground, including three 100+ rushing games.

Andy DeLeonardis backed Kennedy with 49 yards on 11 carries. The Hornets churned out 265 rushing yards compared to 78 for Sayre.

Lundgren completed five of seven passes 175 yards. He was intercepted twice.

Ed Murphy caught two balls for 55 yards. Scot Boyce, Mitch Marzo, and Tony Dinsmore added one reception each.

Shaw led the Sayre receiving corps accounting for 57 yards and a touchdown on three catches.

Wellsboro's defense had their fourth consecutive effective ball game limiting the Redskins to 177 yards of total offense and intercepting two passes.

Thus far this year the Hornet "D" has allowed only 12 points while the team has scored 109.

This Friday night, September 27, Wellsboro travels to Troy for a 7:30 p.m. contest against the Trojans.