The Wellsboro Hornet football team entered Friday with a 2-1 record on the road and have won four straight after losing their only game of the season to the Troy Trojans as they headed into their road matchup with the Milton Black Panthers on Friday Oct. 4 for their Homecoming.
The Hornets were able to win a decisive game by a score of 47-7 to extend that streak to five, and storm into the remainder of the season with two of their next three games on their home turf.
The Wellsboro team came out firing on Friday, scoring a total of 26 points to start the game. Within the first two minutes of the game, Isaac Keane was able to throw a 12-yard touchdown to Logan Henry to open up the scoring for both sides and set the tone for the rest of the evening and bring the score to 6-0 early.
In the next few possessions, running back Aiden Hauser scored back-to-back touchdowns on a one-yard run and later on an eight-yard run in order to put the Hornets up 19-0 in the first with only 5:31 left to play.
Keane threw one more TD pass in the quarter to Burrell for his second pass of the night in the closing minutes of the quarter to give the Hornets a massive lead of 26-0 in the first to start the game.
To open up the second, Hauser continued to run rampant, and scored the only two touchdowns of the quarter, one on a 16-yard run and another on a nine-yard run.
Hauser racked up four touchdowns in the first half alone, while the defense did their job and kept the Milton team scoreless and forcing two turnovers in the half that both resulted in points for the Hornets.
The second half started with a bang, and Silas Wagaman took the opening kickoff a total of 81 yards for a touchdown and gave the Hornets a huge lead with a whole half yet to play wth the score at 47-0.
Milton was able to score on a touchdown pass with 7:25 remaining in the quarter, as it proved too little too late for the Milton team as it closed out the scoring for both teams on the night.
In the second half, despite allowing a touchdown the Hornets defense continued to blanket the Milton offense, causing another two turnovers.
The Hornets were plus four in the turnover department on the night, and are plus 11 in that category on the season.
The defense has played extraordinarily well all season, only allowing 20 points per game, with most of those coming in their lone loss to the Trojans earlier this season.
The offense once again looked to be firing on all cylinders, with quarterback Keane putting together one of his best games so far this season completing 10 of his 18 passes on the night for 110 yards and a pair of first quarter touchdowns. Hauser had another strong performance, rushing for 118 yards on 19 carries with four touchdowns.
Hauser now has 24 rushing touchdowns on the season as well as one receiving touchdown and two kick return touchdowns.
If he continues at his current pace he will have racked up 36 rushing touchdowns on the season.
Defensively the Hornets forced a total of four turnovers, forcing three fumbles and coming up with an interception.
The Wellsboro defense only allowed seven points on a third quarter touchdown pass, and were led by Clayton Orsborn with four tackles as well as Logan Henry who had two tackles and one sack on the night. The Hornets held the Milton offense to under 100 yards on the game, putting together one of their best defensive outings of the season.
The Hornets face their biggest test of the year this Friday night against the Canton Warriors. Both teams have proven to be some of the best in the NTL with Wellsboro sitting at 6-1 and the Warriors sitting as the lone undefeated team at 7-0. It will be a matchup of the top offense and defense the NTL has to offer.
This matchup should be the biggest test of either team so far this season, and will help shape the top of the NTL rankings for the remainder of the season. The Hornets will face the Warriors on Friday, Oct. 11 in Wellsboro.
Team Stats: W0 MN
First Downs: 17 4
Rush Att-Yds: 35-176 15-27
Pass Yards: 170 56
Penalties-Yards: 6-40 6-50
Turnovers: 0 4
Total Yards: 346 83
Passing: Isaac Keane 10-18 110 yard 2 TD; Conner Adams 1-1 60 yards.
Rushing: Aiden Hauser 19-118 4 TD; Isaac Keane 4-36; Alex Burrell 3-34; Kanan Keck 1-7.
Receiving: Alex Burrell 4-77 2 TD; Silas Wagaman 3-52; Logan Henry 4-41.