Wellsboro’s Pietropola sets area passing TD mark

WELLSBORO – Quarterback Michael Pietropola has broken the Wellsboro season passing touchdown record, he has broken his own single-game passing touchdown record, twice, and he has now broken the area’s passing touchdown record with 28 passing touchdowns. The old record was 27 passing touchdowns done by Hughesville’s Jon Fritz back in 1992.

Pietropola passed for 344 yards and 6 touchdowns in a 64-13 win over Montgomery Friday night. Pietropola on the season has 1,829 passing yards and 28 passing touchdowns and there are still three games left.

Pietropola’s stats could be much more amazing if he played the whole game every game. The majority of the games this season Pietropola has been taken out at halftime or in the third quarter. Another amazing part is that Pietropola is only a junior.

Pietropola has many great weapons to throw to. Brandon Owlett, Kieron Smethers, Dylan Prough and Nick Marple all had great games.

Owlett has been Pietropola’s favorite target as he hauled in three passes for 112 yards and 3 touchdowns, bringing his season totals to 756 receiving yards and 13 passing touchdowns.

Smethers finished the game with 2 receptions for 91 yards and a touchdown. Prough finished with 2 receptions for 61 yards and 2 touchdowns and Marple finished with 2 receptions and 81 yards.

Big plays were again a big part of the Wellsboro offense as it had 10 plays for at least 20 yards, seven of which went for touchdowns.

The receivers made big plays on defense and special teams as well. Smethers picked up a punt that was blocked by Prough and took it back to the end zone for a 25 yard touchdown. Smethers then forced a fumble and Marple picked up the loose ball for a 27 yard touchdown.

Smethers finished the game with a sack and a half and a forced fumble. Prough finished with 5 tackles, a sack and a blocked punt. Other players played well on defense like Brian Doty who finished with 5 tackles and who played great on the line. Linebacker Wyatt Covert made a team high 9 tackles and was the leader of the defense.

Montgomery outgained Wellsboro on the ground 140 to 31, but that was the only major category that Montgomery was better at. The Red Raiders had zero passing yards and the defense couldn’t stop Wellsboro’s aerial attack.

The one bright spot for the Red Raiders was running back Tyler Betz. Betz finished with 64 tough yards and 2 touchdowns. He also played well on defense as he was in on many plays and came up with a big sack, he even had a 40 yard punt with his back deep in his own end zone.