Light failure halts game at half
MANSFIELD — As the Wellsboro band prepared to take the field for its halftime performance, all lights, excluding the press box and the scoreboard, at Van Norman Field at Mansfield University completely shut off inexplicably. Wellsboro led North Penn-Mansfield 20-0 at the half but the game’s second half was not played Friday night as the power problem could not be resolved.
The second half of the game will be played today at noon at Island Park in Blossburg with the NTL-I title and the M.F. Jones Memorial trophy on the line. The lights shut off just after 8:30 and with an electrician on hand, the problem couldn’t be resolved and the game was called at 9:30.
After going 3-and-out on its first possession, NP-M punted to Quinn Henry, who took the punt 67 yards for the touchdown but the play was called back after a penalty for too many men on the field. Wellsboro went 3-and-out on the possession.
But Wellsboro got the ball back after just three plays from NP-M and three plays later, on 3rd-and-5, Henry dropped back and fired a deep ball to Brandon Lamphier, who wrestled the ball away from a NP-M corner for the 55-yard touchdown.
NP-M put together its best drive on the next possession, as it went seven plays for 22 yards but the seventh play was the killer as the NP-M running back fumbled the ball on the exchange and it was recovered by Wellsboro’s Hunter Brown.
Henry scored moments later on a six-yard run. On the drive, Henry converted a 3rd-and-5 with an 11 yard scramble and on the two-point conversion, Henry scrambled to his left and while being tackled, used a basketball-type chest pass to Dalton Prough to make it 14-0 with 2.4 seconds left in the first quarter.
The game’s only score in the second quarter came when Henry rushed for his second touchdown of the game to make it 20-0 with 8:10 left in the half.
Henry finished the half with 53 rushing yards on 10 attempts while completing all three pass attempts for 85 yards. Chase Moser added 27 yards on six carries, Robert Brown had four carries for nine yards and Dupree Hosey ran the ball twice for nine yards.
NP-M came in averaging nearly 31 points but Wellsboro continued its first-half dominant defensive play as it will end the regular season without allowing a single point in the first half.
Brock Burleigh came in with over 1,200 passing yards and 13 touchdowns but was held to just 20 yards while completing three of eight passes. Brendan Hill led the Panthers with 29 rushing yards while the rest of the team rushed for just five yards on eight carries.
NP-M ran 27 plays in the first half, eight of them were for negative or zero yardage. Parker Jones wrecked havoc up front, with a tackle for loss and a batted ball. Collin Pietropola, Robert Brown and Dominic Spencer also were disruptive as each had a tackle for loss. Spencer also had a sack.