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Wellsboro football pitches a shutout.

 

By: Terry Pruyne | Towanda Daily Review | October 1, 2016

 

MANSFIELD — With mist falling at the friendly confines of Van Norman Field at Mansfield University, the Wellsboro defense stung Muncy with their fourth shutout of the season in a 36-0 victory.

Both teams struggled early in the contest, but the Green Hornets put things together after Quinn Henry returned a punt to midfield. He then tossed a 20-yard pass to Chase Moser. After seven- and four-yard runs by Moser, Wellsboro wanted to see what Brown could do for them — specifically Robert Brown. The sophomore runner rumbled for 13 yards to the four before delivering on the next play with a touchdown run. Nic Ingerick added the extra point for a 7-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The Indians failed to move the ball and the Hornets took advantage of a two-yard punt by Adam Dietrick, taking over again near midfield. Wellsboro went to the ground game featuring Moser and Henry with a big play coming on a 37-yard scamper by Henry. Facing a fourth-and-one, the Green Hornets relied on Moser to punch the ball in for a 14-0 lead.

Then play became sloppy. After Muncy punted, Alex Kozuhowski misplayed the kick and the Indians recovered. However, Kozukowski totally redeemed himself on the following play by picking off a Coleman Good pass. Wellsboro moved the ball to the Muncy 10, but Jeff Fry burned the Hornets by out-leaping Parker Jones on a fade route for an interception. The Indians mounted a 10-play drive only to see Brandon Lamphier recover an Erik Berkheiser fumble. Two plays later, Fry intercepted another pass, but the Green Hornets were bailed out by a roughing the passer call and the half ended mercifully with an incomplete pass.

Wellsboro regrouped at halftime and efficiently marched the ball downfield on 9-play drive with the law firm of Moser, Henry, and Brown carrying the ball. Henry scored midway through the quarter on a 5-yard run. The Hornets added a two-point conversion on an odd formation with a disjointed line.

Lamphier took the snap and raced around the end for a 22-0 lead.

Wellsboro's Dalton Prough picked off a (Not-so) Good pass on Muncy's next possession and returned it for a touchdown only to have it called back for a hold on the return as well as an unsportsmanlike penalty.

Undaunted, the Green Hornets moved the ball again sparked by a 24-yard run by Dupree Hosey.

Four plays later, Wellsboro scored when Henry found Jones open on a middle screen. Jones rumbled 22 yards for the score and Ingerick added the PAT for a 29-0 lead.

After a four-and-out by the Indians, the Hornets took over at midfield once again and watched Hosey speed 47 yards but tackled short of the goal line. Wellsboro failed to score when Fry intercepted Henry deep in the end zone. Fry tried to return the ball from the end zone and, after a holding call on the return, the Indians took over at the one.

Failing to gain a first down, Muncy punted. Henry took the punt at Muncy's 38-yard line and scampered down the home sideline only to reverse directions, elude tacklers, and score for the final 36-0 tally.

Henry led all runners with 94 yards on the ground with Hosey adding 69 yards. Moser chipped in with 66 yards and Aiden Hauser had 55 yards rushing. Henry added three touchdowns: one rushing, one passing, and a punt return.

Wellsboro travels to Cowanesque Valley next week in hopes of remaining undefeated while Muncy hosts Columbia Montour Vo-Tech.