Wellsboro loses second straight, fall to South 41-13.

By: Joe Wagner | Wellsboro Gazette | October 22, 1997


The Wellsboro Green Hornet Football team traveled to South Williamsport last Friday night where the undefeated Mountaineers put on a show of strength for their homecoming at Rodney K. Morgans Stadium by soundly defeating the visitors, 41-13.

The Mountaineers accepted the opening kickoff, but promptly fumbled the ball away on their second play from scrimmage. The Hornets recovered the ball on their own 48-yard line. With the ball near midfield, Wellsboro put on a six play scoring drive to jump ahead of the Mountaineers with 8:49 left in the first quarter.

Wellsboro quarterback Kyle Norton connected on three passes for 33 yards to lead the Green Hornets in their scoring march. The touchdown came on arueight yard pass from Norton to Krys Callahan. Dave Laczi's extra-point was good to make the score 7-0.

This was the first time in South Wilhamsport's 6-0 season that they had found themselves behind by any margin.

Wellsboro's advantage did not last long, however, as South Williamsport scored on their next play from scrimmage. Mountaineer quarterback Andy Frey tossed an 66 yard touchdown pass to Rick Bastion ten seconds after Wellsboro's opening score to make the tally 7-6 as South Williamsport missed the point after.

The Mountaineers, however, were just getting tuned up South Williamsport forced the Hornets to punt on their next possession, receiving the ball on their own 27-yard line.

South Williamsport then put on an 11 play drive, resulting in a 16 yard Dan Bower touchdown run. Frey completed the two point conversion to Bastion and the Mounties led by a score of 14-7 at the end of the first quarter of play.

Wellsboro managed to put together a 30 yard offensive strike into Mountaineer territory. The net result was a 25 yard missed field goal by Laczi.

South Williamsport took over on their own 20-yard line and put together a drive resulting in yet another Frey to Bastion touchdown pass. With the extra point the score became 21-7 with Wellsboro quickly falling behind with 5:11 left in the half.

The Mountaineer's next score came from their defense in a round about way. On a Wellsboro second down, at their own 32 yard line, Norton put up a pass that was picked off by South Williamsport's Bastion. Bastion fumbled the ball after being hit and Mountaineer defensive lineman Carl Frey picked up the loose ball on the hop and rumbled in to the end zone.

With the extra point, South Williamsport earned a 28-7 lead into the locker room at halftime.

Wellsboro could only manage 123 total yards against the South Williamsport defense. Norton picked up the slack for the workhorse Jamie Jones, who rushed for less than 30 yards in the first half. Norton was 7-9 through the air for 92 yards.

Norton's good performance did not carry him through the third quarter though. He was interccpted twice with one of those turnovers resulting in a Mountaineer score.

Frey was not unscathed by the third period either. He was picked off twice as well.

Norton and the Green Hornets managed to put together a scoring drive in the beginning of the fourth quarter. On the 11 play drive, which relied mainly on Norton's arm, the Green Hornets marched 57 yards for the score when Jones pulled in a 26 yard touchdown pass to make the score 36-13.

The Mountaineers capped off the night's scoring on their answering drive when they marched 83 yards and pounded the ball in from five yards out with 7:00 left in the fourth quarter.

The final tally resulted in a 41-13 victory for the unbeaten Mountaineers who move to 7-0. With the loss the Green Hornets fall to 4-4 overall.

After two games rushing totalling 383 yards, Jones was held to just 54 yards on the ground on 15 attempts. Norton finished the evening with a very respectable ratio of 12-18 complete passes with two touchdowns completions. However, he was picked off three times.

The Green Hornet defense held Mike Jenks to 72 yards, who had 230 yards in his previous outing against Canton, but was rolled by Godfrey who rumbled for 116 yards. Frey did damage as well by completing more than half of his passes for 154 yards including two touchdown tosses.