Wellsboro blasts Redskins.

By: Chris McGann | Wellsboro Gazette | October 1, 2007


Wellsboro vs. SayreThe Hornets jumped all over Sayre Friday night in Wellsboro and came away with a convincing 46-12 win that evened their record at 2-2. Wellsboro's offense got the job done on the ground as Hornet rushers put up nearly 400 yards.

Quarterback Cameron Jones had a quiet, but effective night through the air, completing three of four passes for 39 yards.

The Hornet defense, meanwhile, had a stellar night. They held the Redskins to four (you read that right) yards total rushing. The defense recorded six sacks, recovered all three forced fumbles and came up with an interception. Sayre (1-3) was forced to resort to the air to gain any yards. Andy Podolinski was 10 for 25 passing, gaining 190 yards.

The Hornets have been focusing on offense during practice, particularly along the offensive line. The staff has challenged the team to improve every week. "Everybody played well and everybody contributed," head coach Chris Morral said of his squad.

Wellsboro got the scoring started early and did not let up the pressure throughout the first half. Pat Driebelbies started off the scoring on an 11 yard touchdown run at the 9:38 mark of the first quarter. He also nailed the extra point to give his squad a 7-0 lead. Drieblebies gained 156 yards on nine carries. His teammate in the backfield, Jake Coolidge provided more fireworks five and a half minutes later.

Coolidge, who gained 153 yards on just six carries, took the ball in from 56 yards away for the winning touchdown. The extra point extended the Hornet lead to 14-0. The Hornets were far from finished scoring, though. At the 2:01 mark of the first quarter, Driebelbies broke free for a 38 yard touchdown run. He missed the extra point, but the Hornets were up 20-0.

Less than a minute later, Chris Copp forced a fumble and the Hornets capitalized as Colton Acorn scooped up the ball and returned it 11 yards for another Wellsboro touchdown. The extra point was no good again, but the Hornets ended the quarter with a 26-0 lead.

The second quarter was more of the same.

At the 10:25 mark of the second quarter, Coolidge picked up nearly half of his total yards as he took the ball 66 yards for another touchdown. That score put the game nearly out of reach for Sayre as Wellsboro led 32-0. Steve Mengee got into the action at the 6:06 mark of the quarter. Mengee, who rushed eight times for 82 yards, scored from three yards out. The extra point put Wellsboro ahead 39-0.

Two minutes later, Driebelbies got his third touchdown of the night on a 38 yard run at the 4:12 mark of the second quarter. The extra point ended Wellsboro's scoring for the night as they took a 46-0 lead into the locker room. With a comfortable lead, Wellsboro sent in some of their younger guys, who held their own and made some big plays, especially on the defensive side. The Hornets kept Sayre scoreless until the late third quarter.

With 48 seconds left in the third quarter, Podolinski found Joshua Kelsey for a ten-yard touchdown pass. The two-point conversion was no good, but the Redskins put their first points of the night on the board. Sayre also found the end zone in the final quarter. At the 8:06 mark, Podolinski completed a 37 yard pass to Richard Villanti for the final score of the night. The conversion attempt was no good and the scoring ended at 46-12.

This Friday, the Hornets travel to Towanda (4-0) to face a perennially tough Black Knights squad.

"Towanda is an outstanding team," Morral said. But he is preparing a solid team of his own for the different looks that the Black Knights will show on both sides of the ball. "We have losses to two good football teams and we had chances to win both games," Morral said.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.