Warrior Run has Wellsboro's number again.

By: Joe Wagner | Wellsboro Gazette | October 15, 1997

 

For the second straight year, Warrior Run has upended the Green Hornets in non-league play by amassing a high powered offensive attack. Last year Warrior Run dumped the Hornets in Wellsboro. This year they beat them in a last minute heartbreaker at Warrior Run by a one point, 26-25, margin.

"Last year we weren't ready to play them and they thumped us. They have a lot of deep threats and they ran the option really well," said Wellsboro Head Coach Russ Manney.

Manney was right about Warrior Run's deep threats. Adam McCormick threw the ball for 236 yards against the Wellsboro defense.

Wellsboro's offense did not slouch either. But rather than heave the pigskin, the Hornet's relied on Jamie Jones and the running attack. Jones picked up 183 yards on the ground, marking the second week in a row that he has racked up more than 180 yards rushing.

Wellsboro had more first downs, 16, than the Warriors, 13; they had fewer penalties, two for only 10 yards, than the Warriors, five for 40 yards; and they turned the ball over fewer times, once; than the Warriors who fumbled once and had an interception. Wellsboro's only problem was they could not catch a break in the second half. At the intermission, Wellsboro led 25-7.

Wellsboro found they could not coast to victory as their end zone always seemed to lay uphill. Three of Wellsboro's four punt attempts came in the final two quarters.

Warrior Run jumped on the scoreboard first as they picked off Kyle Norton to set up a 34 yard touchdown run by Phil Aiken in the first quarter. The extra point was good to make the score 7-0. The Green Hornets held Warrior Run scoreless from then until the middle of the third quarter.

Meanwhile the Hornets scored 25 unanswered points. Wellsboro came roaring back on their next drive, mixing the pass and run on a 12 play scoring drive that covered 68 yards.

Jones picked up the score, with just more than two minutes left in the first quarter. He scampered into the end zone on a six yard touchdown run to make the score 7-6. Dave Laczi's extra point was no good.

Wellsboro's next score took only one play. Immediately after a Warrior punt, Jones bolted past the Warrior Run defense for a 66 yard touchdown run. Laczi's extra point attempt was no good.

Wellsboro scored next after they recovered a Warrior fumble on their own 32-yard line. After six straight Wellsboro running plays, Jones scampered ten yards into the end zone for his third touchdown of the night. Laczi's extra point was no good.

Jones added his fourth touchdown, capping off the Wellsboro scoring, in grand style. Like his second run to paydirt, Jones took the first snap after a Warrior Run punt and sprinted 82 yards to paydirt. This time Laczi connected to make the score 25-6.

The Wellsboro total first half offense, 215 yards, nearly doubled that of the Warriors, 118 yards. The tide would, however, turn.

On the Green Hornet's first possession, Warrior Run forced them to punt. The punt never got off because of a bad snap, leading to excellent Warrior field position at Wellsboro's 15-yard line.

After five straight running plays, the Warriors managed to jam the ball into the end zone for their second score of the night. The extra point was good, narrowing the gap to 25-14.

Wellsboro was forced to punt again on their next series. This led to a 12 play scoring drive for the Warriors resulting in a five point touchdown run. On the drive, McCormick was six of six through the air for 82 yards. The extra point was good to make the score 25-20 with just under 10 minutes left on the game clock.

Once more Wellsboro was forced to punt on their next series of downs. McCormick went to the air again. On Warrior Run's 11 play drive, McCormick was four for eight passing gaining 94 yards. With 23 seconds left on the clock, Jake Harriman scored the go ahead touchdown for Warrior Run on a one yard plunge. McCormick's two-point conversion pass was no good, making the score 26-25 in favor of the home town Warriors.