Reynolds, Deibert, Tombs star as WHS Hornets beat Horseheads 13-6.

By: Wellsboro Gazette | October 8, 1959


Wellsboro's scrappy Green Hornet football eleven won their second game against one loss with a 13-6 victory over visiting Horseheads, New York on the local gridiron Saturday afternoon before 2,000 fans.

The green led all the way and coach Bill Johnson's charges dominated the game more than the score indicates.

Wellsboro threw up an almost impregnable defense and blocked two punt attempts by the Raiders in the first quarter of the game. Led by Dave Luther, Jim and Jack Worden, Gary Scranton, Hartley Cloos, and the Hornet defense, Horseheads could gain only 93 yards rushing.

Meanwhile the huge Horseheads line, which outweighed the local lads by an average of nearly 40 pounds per man, kept the Wellsboro team from scoring twice within the one yard line with a first and goal situation each time.

The Hornets did everything but score for 23 minutes and 57 seconds of the first half. They knocked on the gates but couldn't get enough push to open them. Then with 13 seconds of playing time in the first half, Keith Tombs fired a pass from the 20-yard line to John Deibert, who went into the end zone for the first touchdown of the game. The Hornets made it 7-0 when Tombs picked up a bad pass from center and ran it across for the extra point.

Horseheads turned a break into a score when they punted in the third period and the ball was fumbled by Gary Scranton. Horseheads recovered on the Wellsboro 48-yard line. Two plays and the visitors had been driven back to their own 49-yard line. Then quarterback Moonschein hit Wilson, his halfback, on the Wellsboro 26-yard line with a pass and with good blocking, Wilson scored. Henry Moonschein tried to run for the extra point but the Wellsboro line snowed him under and Wellsboro led, 7-6.

The Hornets came roaring back to score on a 63-yard march in 7 plays. Gordon Seamans ran the kickoff back 21 yards fo the Wellsboro 37-yard line. Fred Reynolds, who had a great day running, scampered to the Horseheads 45-yard line behind great blocking. Deibert gained 4 yards and Reynolds 3 yards. Then Deibert powered to the 30-yard line. Tombs threw a pass incomplete, then on the next play Pete Losinger fumbled a Tombs handoff but Tombs picked the ball up and ran it to the Horseheads 20-yard line for a first down. Fred Reynolds then danced his way through the Raider line and secondary into the end zone for the touchdown on a beautiful run right up the middle. Tombs passed incomplete on the extra point try. The game ended with the score Wellsboro 13, Horseheads 6.

To show Wellsboro's dommation of the game, Horseheads didn't get out of their own territory in the first half. A Wellsboro fumble gave the Raiders possession in the third period, but Wellsboro held and took over on downs on the 12-yard line. Horseheads scored on a 51 yard pass play in the third quarter and thereafter could get no further than the Wellsboro 41-yard line.

Wellsboro now plays its only night game of the season tomorrow night under the lights at Troy. Game time is 8:00 p.m.