Black Knights conquer Green Hornets.

By: Lee Ed Thomas II | Wellsboro Gazette | October 6, 1999


The Towanda Black Nights picked apart the Wellsboro Green Hornets defense Friday, October 1 with the use of a potent Veer Offense to pick up their first win of the season with a 20-0 shutout.

According to Wellsboro head coach Mike Pietropola, mental mistakes proved fatal for Wellsboro offense.

"That's all it was," Pietropola said. "It had nothing to do with execution. We made so many mental mistakes and you can't win games like that."

Wellsboro was forced to punt following their first possession. Towanda battled their way to the Wellsboro 17-yard line where the Green Hornet defense dug in and held the Black Nights at bay.

The Hornets then hammered their way down field with Derek Harsch pounding away on the outside of Towanda's defensve line.

"They brought their guys down in tight and we went a little outside," Pietropola said. "Those guys played hard. They wanted it more than our kids wanted it tonight."

The drive ended ten plays later when Towanda intercepted a Jake Banik pass at the goal line.

Towanda took over possession at the six yard line and picked away at the Wellsboro defense to garner a touchdown on a Scott Dunn four yard pass completion to Tim Potter with 5:34 remaining in the first quarter.

"We had a nice drive going and then we threw an interception." Pietropola said. "That kills the drive and our backs are to the wall the entire game from the sense that when you make those mental mistakes, you can't win football games."

Towanda outdistanced Wellsboro on the ground for 343 yards rushing. Rhett Chamberlain led the charge with 132 yards on 23 carries and one touchdown.

Sophomore Derek Harsch, Wellsboro's leading ground gainer on the night with 52 yards rushing, has 280 yards total rushing five games into the season.

Towanda scored early in the second half, as the Veer began to eat away at the Wellsboro defense. Dunn scrambled around the left side of the Wellsboro offensive line on the keeper, and worked his way into the secondary. He then darted thorough five Wellsboro defenders on a 13 yard touchdown run taking the score to 13-0.

"We had expected them to run the Dive Option and they ran more of a Veer." Pietropola said. "He (Dunn) was running the belly, was reading everything, and pulling it out."

Towanda scored their last touchdown of the night on a Chamberlain rush. Dunn pitched out to Chamberlain who took the ball and raced across the goal line on a 30-yard scamper. The extra point failed, giving Towanda a 20-0 win.

The Green Hornets (1-4), entering the second half of the season, will spend the next week preparing for their Homecoming game Friday. October 8 when they host Troy. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

"This a crucial part of the season, homecoming or not," Pietropola said. "The toughest thing is that we have just lost three games in a row, we're 1-4, and this is where you have to get the kids to understand this is not time to quit."