Hornets drop second game in a row.

By: Joe Wagner | Wellsboro Gazette | September 24, 1997


The Wellsboro Green Hornets dropped their second game in a row last Saturday while Miller Moyer picked up his 200th career coaching win for the Canton Warriors.

Canton's defense absolutely halted the Wellsboro ground game at Miller A. Moyer field in Canton. They held the visiting Hornets to negative three yards rushing.

Kyle Norton and the Wellsboro passing attacked sputtered as well, gaining only 53 yards and falling victim to a Canton interception and five sacks. Canton's smaller, but quick and physical defense was the key to the game.

"We were pathetic up front. I don't understand what is wrong with our offense," said Wellsboro Head Football Coach Russ Manney. "We can move the ball against anyone but we keep making the same mistakes over again."

During the first quarter, Wellsboro held the Warriors out of the end zone. The tide shifted in the second quarter, however, as Gordy Wesneski picked off a Kyle Norton pass and returned it to the Wellsboro 18-yard line.

The turnover resulted in a touchdown for Canton five plays later as Canton quarterback Brock Kitchen connected with Wesneski in the end zone. Brennan McClure ran in for the extra two points to make the score 8-0.

Canton scored again in the second quarter when they put together a drive after the Warrior defense forced the Green Hornets to punt.

The Kitchen-Wesneski connection hooked up again for a touchdown completion. The try for the extra point was no good, making the score 14-0.

No more scoring occurred until Brennan McClure iced the game for Canton with less than three minutes left to play in the fourth quarter.

McClure took the hand off from Kitchen and capped a seven play drive with his nine yard touchdown jaunt. This time the Warriors converted the extra point to make the score 21-0 with just minutes left to play.

While Canton was able to put on sustained scoring drives, the Green Hornet offense faltered. Wellsboro managed only three first downs the entire game. All three of these came in the first half as the Hornets could not move the sticks after the intermission.

The Green Hornets also committed four turnovers: three fumbles and an interception to put a capper on an offensively disappointing day. Jamie Jones rushed 13 times for 21 yards while Andy DeLeonardis carried the ball five times for minus two yards.

Norton completed 6-15 through the air, racking up 53 yards. The undefeated Canton Warriors (4-0) carried their 75 year old head coach off the field while Wellsboro (2-2) walked off the gridiron with their second straight loss.