Hornets fall in last game of season.

By: Joe Wagner | Wellsboro Gazette | November 5, 1997


Jamie Jones did not make 100 yards in his last game of the season. But he did garner himself as part of an elite running back corps that the Wellsboro Green Hornets have had over the last five years.

For the past half decade, Wellsboro has had a feature back rush for 1,000 yards on the season.

Despite Jones and the rest of the Hornets efforts, Wellsboro was hot in the first half against Athens but eventually let their last game of the season slip away from them because of turnovers.

The Green Hornets jumped out to an early two touchdown lead in the first quarter of play. The first score came on Wellsboro's first drive that culminated in a Kyle Norton four yard touchdown run. Dave Laczi kicked the extra point to put the Hornets up by seven.

Wellsboro halted Athen's first dnve and took over on their own 42-yard line after returning the punt. After five consecutive runs, Norton hit Jones on a 32 yard touchdown strike to put the Hornets up by 13.

Wellsboro stopped Athens on the Bulldogs next drive when Jarred Regina intercepted a pass. Wellsboro handed the ball back to Athens however, on a fumble. This led to points for the Bulldogs.

On seven straight running plays, Athens drove the ball 29 yards for the Steve Bowman seven yard touchdown run. Athens booted through the extra point to move to within six points of the Green Hornets.

The Hornets shot themselves in the proverbial foot during their next drive as well, fumbling the ball away at their own 44-yard line. This time it took Athens seven plays to score on a 20 yard touchdown strike to tie up the game. Athens went ahead by one, 14-13 with the extra point.

Athens scored one more time in the first half on a Gllelmi touchdown pass from 19 yards out. The Bulldogs converted the extra point to go into the half by scoring 21 unanswered points.

The beginning of the third quarter did not look good for the Green Hornets as Athens picked up where they left off.

On the first play from the line of scrimmage, Bowman blasted for 14 yards. Gllelmi then scrambled for 40 more on the next play. One play later, Bowman ran the final 15 yards to paydirt putting the Bulldogs up by a score of 34-13 after the extra point.

The Wellsboro defense stiffened after this and did not allow another Athen's point. The damage was already done though as the Green Hornets could manage only one more touchdown.

Wellsboro recovered a Bulldog fumble late in the fourth quarter on the Wellsboro 10-yard line.

The Green Hornets managed to drive the ball down the field for the final score of the night which came on a Norton to Josh Zimmerman touchdown pass.

Norton ran for the final two points of the game on the conversion to make the score 34-21. With the loss Wellsboro drops to 5-5 on the season Athens moved to 6-4.

David Gabriel and Bowman combined to rush for 184 yards on the night while Wellsboro's tandem of Jones and Andy DeLeonardis could only muster 112 yards between them.

Jones led the team in rushing 1,029 yards on 146 carries as well as in receiving 272 yards on 18 catches. He did miss one game of the 10 game season because of injury.

DeLeonardis was the team's second leading rusher from both the fullback and tailback spots with 486 yards on 103 carries.

Norton was 55-123 in passing overall on the season with eight touchdowns and nine interceptions. Krys Callahan caught 11 passes from his tight end position, while wideouts Josh Zimmerman and Jarred Regina caught eight passes for 161 yards and 6 passes for 72 vards respectively.

DeLeonardis was the teams defensive leader with 64 tackles on the season from his linebacker position. Brad Wilson had 58 stops while tackle Jon Andrews finished the year with 46 tackles.

Regina had four interceptions to add to his 45 tackles while Zimmerman and Jones each added three picks apiece.

Adam Gruzlevvski led the team in sacks with four while Chris Fuller had three on the season.