By: Coleman Wolfe | Towanda Daily Review | October 28, 2017
Quinn Henry took a step back for a minute and scanned the defense. He had just ripped a dazzling 45-yard run to get the ball to the 13 yard line, and was looking to finish the drive and take the early lead. He did just that on the very next play, keeping the ball on a read-option and exploding through the middle for his first touchdown of the night.
Wellsboro would never look back as they swiftly defeated the North Penn-Mansfield Panthers 36-7 Friday night.
The win capped a perfect season for the Wellsboro Hornets and cemented their status as league champions.
Henry was sensational, accounting for 400 total yards through the air and ground and scoring five rushing touchdowns. He consistently gained a handful of yards every time he touched the ball, and then added a few big runs and passes to set up the Hornets with scoring opportunities.
After a big 50-yard completion to Alex Kozuhowski down the left sideline, Henry scampered to the right pylon from three yards out to give the Hornets a 15-0 lead in the second quarter.
The Panthers would respond on the next drive when Judson Wise took a short pass from Brent Burleigh and exploded up the right sideline for a 66-yard touchdown to cut the Hornets’ lead to eight. That would be all the scoring the Panthers would do though as the Hornets shut them down in the second half, and held the Panthers to just 131 yards of total offense.
Defensive end Hunter Brown led the way for the Hornets with five tackles, and fellow lineman Collin Pietropola had a big game with three tackles, a sack and a pass breakup. Running backs Chase Moser and Aidan Hauser also had big games on offense, with each gaining big chunks of yards through the ground and air all night.
The Panthers played tough until the final whistle and had their moments when they played well. Quarterback Brent Burleigh threw for 77 yards and a touchdown, and running back Brendan Hill ran for 48 yards.
On the defensive side, linebacker Garrett David was all over the field and finished with a game high 19 tackles. Fellow linebacker Kipp Hillson also had a big night with 12 tackles and he and David combined for a sack.
The Panthers finished their regular season with a 6-4 record.