By: Terry Pruyne | Towanda Daily Review | October 29, 2016 | Photo courtesy Brian Fees
MANSFIELD — Ready for the NTL championship showdown — Brock vs. the Mighty Quinn — and the Morton Jones Trophy, fans went home in the dark after the lights, literally, went out at Van Norman Field at Mansfield University, temporary home for the Wellsboro football squad. The Hornets will have a 20-0 lead over North Penn-Mansfield as the game resumes at noon Saturday at Island Park in Blossburg.
Fans, players and coaches waited until Mansfield University officials called the game — for the night — due to safety concerns. The teams entertained thoughts of loading up the buses and heading to Blossburg to finish the game Friday night. However, North Penn's head coach Tom Dickinson and Wellsboro's Matt Hildebrand met with the game officials and Mansfield University officials. With the university needing the field today for Mountaineer football, the coaches and officials agreed to North Penn's home field at noon.
Wellsboro lit up North Penn from the first time they touched the ball when Quinn Henry returned a punt for 70 yards only to have it called back for too many players on the field. Henry made up for it on the Hornets' second series, connecting with Brandon Lamphier for a 55-yard touchdown pass.
After Hunter Brown recovered a Joel Whitekker fumble, Henry scored again on a five-yard run to make it 14-0. The Hornets' final score came from — you guessed it — Quinn Henry, on a six-yard run.
While Henry shined with 50 yards rushing, 85 yards passing, and scored three touchdowns, Brock Burliegh and the Panthers' offense never got on track.
On the lighter side, the Wellsboro band played their halftime show in the dark with a medley featuring, ironically, "We Didn't Start the Fire," "Ring of Fire," and "Great Balls of Fire." Perhaps Don Meredith's "The Party's Over" might have been more appropriate.