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Wellsboro Holds Homecoming Parade, Hornets Top Gators 38-12
The Wellsboro Hornets football team defeated the Port Allegheny Gators 38-12 on Saturday, Oct. 11. The Hornets were originally supposed to host Towanda at home for Homecoming but it was cancelled last minute by Towanda. Wellsboro was able to schedule a game with Port Allegheny when their game was also cancelled.
Connor Adams got the ball for the Hornets with an interception that set Wellsboro up at their own 44 yard line.
The six-play drive was capped off by Adams taking a pitch and finding Dylan Abernathy for a 16-yard touchdown.
The extra point was no good and Wellsboro led 6-0. Kicker Jack Poirier was not on hand for much of the first half as he had not yet arrived from a soccer game he was playing in Galeton.
Wellsboro took possession at the Gators’ 38 after forcing another punt. A pair of Darryn Callahan carries got the Hornets to the Gator 25. Keane called his own number and would find the end zone once again. The two point try was unsuccessful and Wellsboro led 12-0
Port Allegany would again punt, setting Wellsboro up at the Gators 40 yard line. Two plays later, Keane found Abernathy for a 40-yard touchdown, and an 18-0 lead with 1:23 left in the first quarter.
The Hornets continued to pour it on as they entered the second quarter, scoring on a 49-yard hook-up between Keane and Ryan Sweet to extend their lead to 24-0 with 9:13 left in the half.
Port Allegany answered on their next possession resulting in a 78-yard catch and run cutting into the Hornets lead, 24-6.
Callahan set the Hornets up at their own 44 on the ensuing kickoff. After a pair of short gains on the ground by Adams, the junior got behind the Gator defense and Keane hit him in stride for a 50-yard score. Poirier hit the extra point and Wellsboro led 31-6 with just over six minutes to the break.
Adams finished the game with eight carries for 45 yards, four catches for 68 yards and a score and added the touchdown pass to Abernathy. Callahan did all his damage in the first half, carrying seven times for 44 yards.
After the break, Port Allegany put together a drive that got them to the Hornet four-yard line. But on fourth-and-goal, Hayes Campbell came up with a big sack to end the threat.
Wellsboro wasn’t able to get out of their own red zone, punting the ball away to PA and setting them up at their own 38, but Keane ended their short drive with a pick at midfield that he returned to the Gator 37.
Freshman Ryder Bowen got his first of nine second-half carries for the Hornets, and after Adams hauled in a tipped pass from Keane to get Wellsboro to the PA 25, junior Joe Brown finished off the drive with a score and, after a good PAT by Poirier, the 38-6 lead with a minute left in the third quarter.
Port Allegany tacked on a score to complete the scoring at 38-12 with nine minutes left in the game.
The Hornets ran a bulk of the remaining clock off with a drive to the Gator 15, heavily featuring Bowen, who finished with 47 yards on nine carries.
A missed field goal by the Hornets gave PA one more chance to score, but Adams came up with an interception at his own 10 with under a minute left and Keane knelt out the clock for the win.
Wellsboro snaps a two-game losing streak with the win, improving their record to 2-3 with a trip to Wyalusing coming up next Friday.