WELLSBORO — After an offseason of changes for the Indians, they came up short, losing the first game of the 2019 campaign to a tough Wellsboro team 53-6. Even though the score didn’t reflect it, the Indians had a lot of positives to build on moving forward with their new offense.
In the first quarter the Hornets jumped out to a quick lead and never looked back. With Aiden Hauser leading the charge, after ending his season abruptly last year with a devastating injury, he busted open a 40-yard run in the first drive. The run set up a strike in the back left corner of the endzone from Isaac Keane to Zach Singer, to open up the scoring for the Hornets.
Afterward, on a long drive Hauser punched it in from four yards out to make it a two score game. After one more touchdown pass from Keane to Henry, the score was pushed to 20-0 at the end of the first quarter.
The Hornets run game was the major factor in this game, controlling the pace and seeming to strike from anywhere on the field. The Indians were constantly forced to keep their defense on the field with the run game for the Indians being stifled by a swarming Hornets front.
Aiden Hauser continued to dominate well into the second quarter, with two more touchdowns, and Logan Henry scoring his second touchdown of the night on a huge 70 yard touchdown run pushing the score to 39-0. With the score becoming more and more lopsided, the Indians started to sling the ball around, knowing they would need some big plays in order to make it a game.
In the closing possession of the quarter, Seth Huyler showed off some throws, slowly moving the ball toward the Hornets goal line as time was expiring. After two penalties on the Hornets, it put the Indians in a position to make a play. With time expiring, Seth threw a laser to Kole Hurler to score the first touchdown of the game for the Indians and make the score 39-6.
Going into the second half the Indians wanted to carry over the success from the last drive, but were unable to penetrate the stifling defense of Wellsboro for the remainder of the game. The Hornets continued to dominate the line of scrimmage throughout the remainder of the game and pushed the score to 53-6 to close out the game.
Even though the score didn’t reflect it, quarterback Seth Huyler and wide receivers Hurler and Owen Fitzwater played outstanding games. Huyler went 10-19 with 123 yards and a touchdown and came up with some big throws throughout the game. He put the ball right on the numbers on a few throws throughout. Both Hurler and Fitzwater eclipsed 50 yards receiving on the night, and helped move the ball in a game where their run game was almost non-existent.
Also two standouts on the defensive side of the ball were Tucker St. Peter and Michael Sipps, who lead the game on both teams with ten and eight tackles respectively. They both were all over the field making tackles from sideline to sideline in a game where Wellsboro was pounding the ball, totaling over 40 rush attempts.The Indians will be back in action this upcoming week against the Muncy Indians at home, who are also coming off a tough loss in their season opener. The Indians will look to capture their first win of the season in their home opener Aug 30.
RUSHES-YDS: 44-424 27-45
COMP-ATT-INT: 5-7-0 10-19-0
PASSING YDS: 84 123
TOTAL YDS: 508 168
Cowanesque Valley- Seth Huyler 10-19 123 yards 1 TD
Wellsboro — Isaac Keane 5-7 84 yards 2 TD
Wellsboro — Aiden Hauser — 16-201 4 TD; Logan Henry 5-105 1 TD ; Joe Brown 4-38; Kanan Keck 6-29 ; Silas Wagaman 1-15; Isaac Keane 4-14.
Cowanesque Valley — Elliot Good 20-44; Seth Huyler 7-1
Cowanesque Valley — Owen Fitzwater — 3-58; Kole Hurler 5-53 1 TD; Tanyan Brown 2-12
Wellsboro — Silas Wagaman 2-42 ; Zach Singer 2-36 1 TD; Logan Henry 1-6 1 TD