Hornets down Troy, 26-6; tied for NTL top spot.

By: Wellsboro Gazette | October 2, 1996


The Wellsboro Green Hornet football team improved to 5-0 overall and 3-0 in Northern Tier League play following a convincing 26-6 win over Troy Friday night in the Trojans' homecoming contest.

The visitors from the west won the game on the ground, churning out 340 yards on 35 carries, a 9.7 yards per attempt average.

Matt Kennedy led the Wellsboro rushing attack, gaining 159 yards on 16 totes and scoring a pair of first half touchdowns, including a 92 yard second period scamper.

Mitch Marzo added 70 yards on nine carries. Designated third quarter specialist Jamie Jones scored twice in the period, once on a 73 yard punt return and later on an 83 yard jaunt off a reverse, his only run from scrimmage on the evening.

In the Hornets' last two games, Jones has scored four third quarter touchdowns, two on punt returns (69 and 73 yards) and two on long runs of 83 and 35 yards. They are the only four varsity touchdowns the 5' 11" 150 pound junior has scored in his career.

Troy averted a shutout in the final stanza when Trojan quarterback Kyle Smith hit his tight end Justin Smith on a 17 yard touchdown pass.

Wellsboro's defense again came up big, holding Troy to 124 yards on the ground and 112 more through the air. They also came up with four interceptions and recovered a fumble.

The Hornets turned the ball over three times themselves, but the defense was able to compensate.

The lone Wellsboro pass completion on the night was a seven yarder from Kyle Norton to Marzo.

The Trojans' top rusher was Jeremy Kulago, who gained 49 yards on 14 carries. Tim Kelley caught two of Kyle Smith's nine completions for 37 yards. Brent Parks added three more receptions for 33 yards.

Troy fell to 3-2 overall, 1-2 in NTL action. Wellsboro is tied for the league's top spot with Wyalusing.

This Friday night, October 4, the Hornets host NTL rival Canton. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.