Wellsboro beats Sayre; improves to 4-2.

By: Joe Wagner | Wellsboro Gazette | October 8, 1997


Jamie Jones returned to action last Friday night for the Wellsboro Green Hornets and rushed for enough yards to make up for his absence because of injury in the previous game. Jones rushed for 200 yards to lift visiting Wellsboro over Sayre, 15-6.

Despite a fumble in their first offensive series the Green Hornets scoring unit looked sharp.

"Jamie did a nice job coming back," said Wellsboro Football Coach Russ Manney. "We weren't going to play him very much, but he was having a good game. We did a really nice job on our offensive line, too. They have really come together the past two weeks."

After Wellsboro's first possession fumble and Sayre's first punt, the Green Hornets took over the ball on their own 32-yard line. Jones softened up the Sayre defense with runs of 12, nine, and 16 yards to allow Kyle Norton to hit Josh Zimmerman on a 29 yard touchdown strike for the first Wellsboro score of the night.

Pete Coolidge hit Krys Callahan in the end zone with a three yard pass for the extra two points to put Wellsboro up 8-0.

Neither team was able to score again until close to the end of the third quarter when Wellsboro fullback Andy DeLeonardis busted into the end zone from six yards out. DeLeonardis's run was set up by a 54 yard scamper by Jones. Dave Laczi booted the extra point to make the score 15-0 in favor of the visiting Hornets.

The Redskins ended the night's scoring with a Dave Gonzales two yard touchdown plunge at the very end of the fourth quarter.

The two point conversion was no good, making the final score 15-6 with Wellsboro getting their fourth win of the season.

Jones led all players with his 200 yard rushing effort. DeLeonardis carried the ball eight times and contributed 23 yards while Norton was three of four in the passing department with 46 yards and a touchdown. Gonzales had 188 yards rushing for the Redskins.

Overall, Manney was pleased with his team's offensive effort on the night. His defense while only allowing one score left something to be desired.

"Our defense has to be a little more physical," Manney said. "We make the stop but their running backs drag us for a couple of yards. We need to make the hit and throw them back a couple of yards."

The Green Hornets (4-2) play Warrior Run (2-4) next week.

"Warrior Run is scoring a lot of points this year," Manney said. "Last year we weren't ready to play them and they really thumped us. They have a lot of deep threats and they run the option really well."

So far, however, Manney seemed pleased with the way his team is preparing.

"Offensively, we're going to have to move the ball," Manney said. "We practiced well on Tuesday and if we have another good practice today we will do well."