WELLSVILLE - The Tigers got back to what they do best - running the football.
Wellsville gained 547 yards on the ground en route to a 48-0 victory over Sebring on Friday at Nicholson Stadium.
The Tigers did not attempt a pass in the game and according to Wellsville coach Dave Skinner that was the plan from the beginning.
Wellsville's Marcus Moxley takes on a Sebring defender on Friday. (Photo by Jamie Olmstead)
"I told the guys coming in that we'd probably run it 50 times," he said. "We needed to get back to what we do. The last couple of weeks, on both sides of the ball, we were a little too much finesse and it didn't work out. This is what we're going to do the rest of the year - run the football."
Wellsville junior Marcus
Moxley had the biggest night of them all with 207 yards on 18 carries with two touchdowns. He now has 721 yards and eight scores on the season.
"He's a pretty strong kid for as fast as he is," Skinner said of Moxley. "He's worked hard in the weight room and he runs hard on the field. The line blocked well for him and the rest of them."
Joining the party was Jordan Sloan who finished with 152 yards and a touchdown on 10 attempts and Brendon Carr who had 85 yards and a score on 10 rushes.
"This is the best running game we've had since Week 1," Skinner said. "It was nice to see the offensive line coming off the field smiling. We came together as a team. Before, it was too many individuals. So, mission accomplished for one week anyway."
The win gets Wellsville back to .500 on the season at 3-3, while Sebring remains winless at 0-6.
The Trojans managed only 67 yards of offense in the game.
"We came out flat," Sebring coach Scott Springer said. "We're young, but you can't have play like that. I'm disappointed in the effort. We made strides last week against Columbiana, but this week we played on our heels defensively. We took the shots instead of delivering them. It seems like it's one step forward and two steps back. It's either feast or famine."
Wellsville intercepted Sebring four times in the game, two by starter Josh Hurford and two by backup Ty Breedlove-Wilson. Collecting the picks for the Tigers were Zack Mellott, Cody Barnes, Jordan Allen and De'Shaun Coles.
The one negative for the Tigers was an abundance of penalties. Wellsville committed a total of 18 penalties for 179 yards. In the first half, Wellsville was charged with 12 penalties for 115 yards.
"We've got some stuff we've got to clean up there," Skinner said. "We'll deal with that starting Monday. We have some tires out back and I'm sure we've got the numbers of those guys who had the 15-yard penalties."
The Tigers punted just once in the game and it came on their first possession. But, after forcing the Trojans to a 3-and-out, Wellsville cashed in for the first time on a 14-yard scoring run by Moxley at the 3:21 mark of the first quarter.
Wellsville found paydirt again on its next possession when Sloan scored from three yards out on a keeper.
An interception by Mellott on the next series set up a 53-yard touchdown run by Moxley putting the Tigers up 21-0 with 4:32 left to play in the first half.
In the second half, Wellsville scored on its first possession when Mellott found the end zone from three yards out. Mellott finished the game with 32 yards on eight carries with two scores.
A botched Sebring punt set up the next Wellsville score. This time it was Carr who crossed the goal line from 20 yards out putting the Tigers up, 34-0, with 1:44 left in the third frame.
Mellott's score from five yards out put Wellsville up, 41-0, with 9:50 left to play.
The games final score came when freshman Vinnie Giordano found paydirt from three yards out with 5:55 remaining.
The Tigers won't rest on their victory for long. Wellsville will play at rival Southern Local next week.
"We'll get started on that Saturday," Skinner said.
NOTES: Dylan Mick led Sebring with 25 yards rushing on nine carries. Mick also caught three passes for 29 yards.