Knights pull away from Hornets
WELLSBORO - The Towanda Black Knights showed up in Wellsboro last night with determination; nothing was going to take this win away from them. Their old but familiar offense given the name of elephant-rhino was a key component of their 42-14 defeat over the Wellsboro Hornets.
The Knights got the ball rolling early in the game, coming out on the first drive of the game with a touchdown. With 11:43 left to play in the first, sophomore quarterback Noah Huff raced down the right sideline for the score. Kicker Nick Place's PAT was good, and Towanda led 7-0 only 17 seconds into the game. Wellsboro would gain possession, and attempt a field goal on fourth and eight, which was wide left, and Towanda still led 7-0.
On Towanda's next possession, a couple mistakes cost them the ball, handing it right back to the Hornets. On second and six, a Michael Pietropola pass to a wide open Ben Shaw changed the score. Kicker Jonathan Chambers' extra point was true, and the game was tied, 7-all with 4:16 left in the first quarter.
The beginning of the second quarter was a lot like the first. With only 11:21 to play, Justin Hunsinger pounded the ball one long yard into the end zone for the score. The PAT was again true, and the Knights extended their lead to 14-7.
On Wellsboro's ensuing drive, Daniel Saniga gave them their first punt of the night, setting the Knights up at the Wellsboro 40 yard line. Noah Huff would pass to Austin Markel on first and ten, who would then in turn run 20 yards down the left side line for the score. Place's extra point was good, and Towanda led 21-7 with 9:27 left. Wellsboro's next drive again ended in a punt, giving the ball to Towanda, whose drive also resulted in a punt - their first one of the night.
When Wellsboro took possession of the football, again, Pietropola threw an interception, this time into the arms of David Canfield, who set Towanda up at the Wellsboro 46. From there, Noah Huff would throw an incomplete pass on second and ten, three sets of hands reaching for the ball and no one coming away with it, to conclude the first half.
The Hornets came out of the locker room, and their first drive once again resulted in a punt from Saniga. Towanda's 15 play drive would set them up at the Wellsboro four, just the place for Brandon Dinelli to be pushed into the end zone by a pile of defenders. Again, Place's extra point made the cut and the scoreboard now read 28-7. On their next drive, Huff threw an interception to Anthony Cooper, who stepped in front of the pass and then raced 75 yards down the right sideline for the touchdown. Chambers' extra point was again true, and the Knights' lead was cut, 28-14 with 11:19 to play in the fourth.
A few penalties later, and Pietropola would throw his second pick on the night, this one caught by Dinelli. On second and twelve, Huff would scamper down the field 82 yards with 8:36 left in the game. For the seventh time of the night, Place's kick was true, and the Black Knights now led, 35-14. Another punt from the Hornets set up shop for Towanda at the Wellsboro 45. Nine plays later, Hunsinger would run two yards in for his second score of the night. The PAT was good, and with 1:41 left in the fourth, the final score was set, 42-14.
Noah Huff led all rushers with 207 yards on 18 carries, followed by Justin Hunsinger with 24 carries for 118 yards. For the Hornets, Wyatt Covert had 69 yards on six carries.