Troy trounces Green Hornet's homecoming, 29-3.

By: Lee Ed Thomas II | Wellsboro Gazette | October 13, 1999


The Wellsboro Green Hornets' football team entered their homecoming game Friday, October 8 looking for their second win of the season but Troy had plans of their own.

Troy, undefeated in the Northern Tier League, came to Wellsboro with a 5-0 record and dominated the line as they rolled to a 29-3 NTL win.

The Wellsboro defense came into the game prepared and expecting to see the offense they studied earlier in the week, but things changed.

"We expected them to come and run a dive-option offense," Wellsboro coach Mike Pietropola said. "We put in a new defense to stop it, but they ran more of a veer offense."

Troy's offense amassed 267 yards rushing on 52 carries while a tough Trojan defense held the Green Hornets to only 69 yards rushing on 26 carries. Wellsboro had six completions for 61 yards while Troy had three completions for 66 yards.

Derek Harsch was once again the lead Wellsboro ground gainer with 35 yards. Jamie Palmer turned in 32 yards rushing on 10 carries. In the air, both teams were equal.

Troy's first touchdown of the night was a two yard jaunt by Stephen Buchard who dozed into he end zone with 4:35 remaining in the first quarter. Beau Garrison's extra point was good and gave Troy a 7-0 lead.

Troy forged their way into Wellsboro territory late in the first half and was held by Wellsboro's defense on the 27-yard line. Troy opted for the field goal and Garrison split the uprights with seven seconds remaining in the first frame for the 9-0 lead.

Wellsboro achieved their only score of the game midway through the second quarter. The Green Hornets battled their way to the Trojans' 36-yard line where they were held on third down.

Facing a fourth down situation, Wellsboro went for the field goal. Wellsboro's Dave Laczi booted the 36 yard field goal to pull Wellsboro within a touchdown, 9-3.

"Dave (Laczi) is a good kicker," Pietropolia said. "We can rely on him if it is a close game."

Troy retaliated later with their second touchdown of the first half. After working their way to Wellsboro's six-yard line, Troy's running back Casey Kulago took the ball and rambled in for the score from six yards out.

Colin McBride and Travis Pifer missed the entire second half of the game due to injuries which left the Wellsboro defense shorthanded.

"The defense executed well but they were not where they were supposed to be," Pietropola said. "The kids gave a good effort, but Troy was just a better team."

Troy (6-0) scored in each frame of the second half while holding the Wellsboro offense almost motionless.

Kulago, who had 16 carries for 91 yards, scored his second touchdown of the night by battering his way over the line from two yards out. The extra point was good and gave Troy a 23-3 lead.

Travis Morgan, Troy's leading rusher with 116 yards on 15 carries, had the final touchdown for Troy in the fourth quarter when he bolted 20 yards into the end zone. Garrison's extra point was wide giving Troy the 29-3 win.

Wellsboro (1-5) will travel to Warrior Run this Friday. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

"They have a big offensive line and a nice running back," Pietropola said. "We'll key on him. The kids are not down and are ready to play this week."