Wellsville 48 Columbiana 18

The Wellsville Tigers Ground the Clippers

Firestone ParkJunior Isaiah Greathouse ran for two scores and caught another in his 2021 debut, giving visiting Wellsville their first win of the season. Fullback Gavin Kountz also added a pair of rushing touchdowns in the winning effort. The Tigers took the field for only the second time this season, after Covid forced them to cancel their first two games of the season.

The Tigers struck first, taking the opening drive down the field for the game’s first score. Senior quarterback Valen Krzyston hit Isaiah Greathouse for a 20 yard strike. The PAT was no good, and the Tigers led 6-0.

The score remained that way until Wellsville’s third possession of the game. The Clippers appeared to stop the Tigers on a third down run, but a late hit penalty gave the Tigers a fresh set of downs. They capitalized with a Kountz 3 yard touchdown run. Once again the conversion failed, and the Tigers led by 12.

The Clippers were able to shift the momentum in the second quarter. After driving to the Wellsville 3 yard line, the Clippers fumbled on 1st and goal, and Wellsville recovered. Two plays later, Clipper safety Eddie Clancy pressured Krzyston, who fumbled. Clancy recovered for the touchdown, and Columbiana cut the score to 12-6.

After a Wellsville punt, Clancy struck again, taking an option off the corner 69 yards to pay dirt. The conversion failed again, and the score remained tied at 12-12 at the half. That was as close as the Clippers would get.

Wellsville scored on their first 5 possessions in the second half with Greathouse scoring two rushing touchdowns, Kountz adding another rushing touchdown, and both Valen Krzyston and Justin Temple adding rushing touchdowns. With 10:51 left in the game, Wellsville held a 47-12 lead over the Clippers.

Clipper freshmen quarterback Liam Surgenavic, who played the entire second half for injured Clipper signal caller Tony Kocanjer, finished off the Clipper scoring. After fumbling a snap, he picked it up, got the edge on the Tiger defense, and raced 70 yards untouched for the final Clipper touchdown. The conversion failed, leaving a final score of 47-18.

With the win, the Tigers improve to 1-1 on the season and 1-0 in the EOAC. The loss drops the Clippers to 1-3 on the season and 0-1 in the conference. Wellsville will travel to East Palestine next Friday, while the Clippers will host the Southern Local Indians.