TOWANDA — The Wellsboro Green Hornets scored on offense, defense and special teams to pull away from the hosting Towanda Black Knights in the second half of Friday night’s game.
Head coach Matt Hildebrand declared Friday’s victory a “total team win” and added that it did not follow the traditional ways of recent Wellsboro teams in getting the job done with a 30-3 victory.
“We’re not the same football team we’ve been the past two years and were not trying to be,” said Hildebrand. “We want to win footballs games that what it comes down to.”
The Green Hornets saw themselves enter halftime down 3-0 to the Black Knights following a 21-yard field goal from Nimmo Aizik with just 14 second remaining.
Wellsboro was quick to respond as Aidan Hauser took the opening kickoff of the second half 85-yards into the end zone to see Wellsboro ahead for the first time all game.
Hauser helped extend the Green Hornet lead later in the third, again taking using one carry from the line of scrimmage to go 81-yard in for the touchdown.
Wellsboro added a defensive touchdown early in the fourth quarter when Isaac Keane stepped in front of a Tanner Kunkle pass as the Black Knights were threatening to score, and returned the interception for a touchdown, extending the Wellsboro lead from 20-6.
Zach Singer added a 32-yard field goal with 7:20 left in the game to see Wellsboro ahead 23-3.
The final score of the game came from a rushing touchdown as Keane ran it in himself.
Hildebrand was proud of the way his team was able to respond in the second half of Friday’s game.
“I’m happy with how we responded, we bent a little in the first half but we didn’t break,” he said about his team’s performance in the second half. “It was back and forth and our guys came to play in the second half.”
He added that the Green Hornets rolled with the punches of Towanda in the first half, but was able to but things together in the second.
Hildebrand alluded to the play of the Green Hornets’ special teams in highlighting his team’s performance following the game, stating that they have been able to score in all four of the games thus far this season.
“I’m really happy with how our special teams scored again this week. It’s been a big area for us thus far,” he stated.
Wellsboro was lead offensively by Hauser who carried the ball 10 times for 122 yards and a score. Keane added 10 carries for 26 yards and a score.
Tanner Kunkle threw for 138 yards going eight-for-22 and Brett Crispell recorded 20 carries for 58 yards for the Black Knights.
Wellsboro remains undefeated on the season as they advance to 4-0. They will play host to Hughesville next week.
Towanda falls to 1-3 on the season and will travel to play the Troy Trojans next Friday.