Wellsboro beats Towanda Black Knights in NTL match-up.

By: Joe Wagner | Wellsboro Gazette | October 29, 1997


The Wellsboro Green Hornets got back on the winning track last Friday night when they defeated the Towanda Black Knights at home 35-7.

Defense was the key for the Hornets as they held Towanda to three plays and out or less for nine of the Black Knight's 13 offensive series. Andy DeLeonardis led the swarming Wellsboro defense with eight tackles as they held Towanda to only 180 total yards of offense.

After the Black Knight's opening three and out drive, the Hornets took the ball at midfield and scored in six plays. The first five of those plays culminated in a net gain of only one yard.

But then, Kyle Norton hit Josh Zimmerman on a 50 yard touchdown strike to begin the night's scoring. Dave Laczi's extra point was no good to make the score 6-0 with just under nine minutes left to play in the first quarter. Towanda was forced to punt again after three incomplete passes and a penalty on their next offensive series. Wellsboro took over on Towanda's 41-yard line.

The Norton to Zimmerman connection proved lethal again as the Wellsboro quarterback hit Zimmerman for a touchdown pass, this time for 14 yards. Jamie Jones had the two-point conversion run to put Wellsboro up by a score of 14-0.

Once again, Towanda was held to three plays and out. This time, however, Wellsboro could not capitalize. They were held to three offensive plays as well and Towanda took possession at their own 31-yard line.

The Towanda drive started well, but stalled on the Wellsboro 35-yard line as the Green Hornets held the Black Knights on a fourth down and five.

Wellsboro took over and scored their next touchdown in six plays. Jones rumbled for 37 yards and the touchdown with just over eight minutes left in the half. Laczi's extra point was good to make the score 21-0.

The next Towanda drive ended in a Matt Nickeson interception.

Wellsboro took over at their own 38-yard line and scored seven plays later on a Tim Allen 16 yard run. Laczi booted home the extra point to make the score 28-0 with Wellsboro easily in control. With just four minutes left in the half, Towanda returned the kickoff to their 28-yard line. The Black Knights broke into Wellsboro territory only to be picked off by Wellsboro's Jarred Regina at the Wellsboro 20-yard line.

One play later, Jones took off on a 72 yard touchdown jaunt that put the Green Hornets of by five touchdowns. Laczi put the extra point through the uprights with 33 seconds left in the half to make the score 35-0.

Wellsboro amassed 316 total yards of offense in the first half while holding Towanda to just 62.

The Green Hornets did not look so impressive in the second half.

They started out with a fumble on the second half kickoff and followed that with a fumble and interception on their next two possessions. The defense stiffened, however, and did not allow points off the three turnovers.

The final score of the night though was Towanda's. The Black Knight's took the Wellsboro punt at their own 18-yard line and drove 72 yards on 15 plays for their only touchdown of the evening.

After the Towanda score, Wellsboro took the ball and controlled it for the last minute of play. The final tally rested at 35-7 with the Green Hornets coasting to their fifth victory of the season.

Jones rushed for 161 yards on the night on 10 carries while Andy DeLeonardis contributed 58 more. Norton was 3-10 on the evening for 92 yards and two touchdowns.