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The Dansville Online
  • Bad start, fantastic finish

  • Wellsville could not have imagined a worse start to its Homecoming game, but when all was said and done no player could keep from smiling.


    Dusty Baldwin ran for a pair of 1-yard touchdowns in the second half and also threw for a score as Wellsville rallied for a 22-13 Homecoming victory over Dansville Friday night to snap a three-game losing streak.

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  • Wellsville could not have imagined a worse start to its Homecoming game, but when all was said and done no player could keep from smiling.
    Dusty Baldwin ran for a pair of 1-yard touchdowns in the second half and also threw for a score as Wellsville rallied for a 22-13 Homecoming victory over Dansville Friday night to snap a three-game losing streak.
    Evan Dieter ran 56 yards on Dansville’s first play from scrimmage and followed with a 21-yard touchdown on the second play. Dieter then added a 24-yard touchdown on the Mustangs’ second possession in building a 13-0 lead less than five minutes into the game.
    However, the Lions’ defense stiffened from that point, including a goal-line stand in the fourth quarter with just over nine minutes left that helped preserve a one-point lead.
    “We started winning the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball,” said Wellsville head coach Frank Brown. “We were arm tackling, guys weren’t coming downhill and not making their reads. After the second score we regrouped as a defense and started making some changes on the fly.”
    Dieter rushed for 117 of his game-high 125 yards in the first half, but left the game in the third quarter with an apparent head injury.
    “Evan is our best runner and probably our best defender, so that hurt,” said Dansville head coach Terry Conway. “Wellsville played hard and they were faster off the ball than we were, which is something we need to fix. We scored those two quick touchdowns and then the bottom fell out.”
    Nick Anderson, the Lions’ backup quarterback and kicker, became the team’s feature tailback in the second half and ran for 85 of his 95 yards after halftime on 10 carries.
    “I tried it very little in practice, we did not run it a lot, but after I had that gain for 13 yards (in the first half) then they just put me in a little bit and then a little bit more,”?said Anderson. “By the fourth quarter they had me in every play.”
    Anderson also had an interception near the goal line at the end of the first half and returned it to midfield.
    “We tried some blitzing schemes with the linebackers and we were blitzing through the wrong gaps and that’s why they were able to run through the middle for touchdowns,” said Anderson. “As soon as we fixed that we shut them down. That’s what football is all about, making adjustments.”
    After struggling running the ball in the first half, Wellsville focused on the ground game in the second half and finished with 231 rushing yards. Wellsville had four players carry the ball at least 10 times and eight different players had at least one carry.
    Page 2 of 3 - “We knew we were going to have to go to the running game to win,” said Brown. “The challenge went to the offensive line. They had to take the game on their shoulders and not only take control of the line of scrimmage, but dominate it.”
    Baldwin finished with 31 yards on 10 carries and also threw for 120 yards, including a 36-yard touchdown pass to Trystin Plummer in the second quarter.
    “Dusty had trust in me and threw it up and let me make a play,” said Plummer, who had three catches for 69 yards, including a diving catch inside the 5 that helped set up the Lions’ go-ahead score in the third quarter.
    Dylon Mitchell had 10 tackles and a forced fumble and Trevor Jackson made eight stops, while Brady Lewis and James Cady both had sacks for Wellsville (2-3).
    Trailing 14-13, Dansville (1-4) took over at the Lions’ 39 after a 41-yard kick return by Zach Green. Jake Quibell’s 21-yard run on 3rd-and-7 gave the Mustangs a first down at the Wellsville 2-yard line.
    Wellsville stopped Cody Schwan on a quarterback keeper for no gain, then stopped Quibell inside the 1 on second down. Quibell then was stopped back at the 2 on 3rd down.
    Dustin Dieter scored from two yards out to seemingly give the Mustangs the lead, but the play was called back on a holding penalty. Dansville had one more try on 4th down from the 14, but Schwan’s pass for Gage Koch in the end zone fell incomplete with Plummer defending on the play.
    “I saw Cory Harris get clipped by the other receiver and it left (Koch) open, so I just attacked it and tried to make a play,” said Plummer.
    Quibell ran for 50 yards on nine carries and Koch added three catches for 42 yards and had one of Dansville’s three interceptions. Schwan and Tyler Campbell also had interceptions and Cody Mark had a team-high eight tackles for Dansville (1-4).
    “What I really like about this team is when you get down 13-0 after those first two possessions sometimes teams would fold that fast, and they didn’t,” said Brown. “They kept fighting and fighting. As close as the ball was to the goal line, they weren’t going to let them in.”
    After the goal-line stand, the Lions marched 86 yards on 14 plays with Baldwin’s second touchdown run making it 20-13 with 2:58 left. On the extra point, the snap was low and holder Ray Embser recovered the ball and ran around the left side for the two-point conversion and a nine-point Wellsville lead.
    “We didn’t get discouraged and we let it be motivation,” said Anderson. “With this being Homecoming and Senior Night the stands were packed and the environment, the feeling, and the atmosphere was just awesome and that really helps us on the field.”
    Page 3 of 3 - Wellsville started the night on the outside looking in at the Class C playoffs, but the win vaulted them into the No. 7 seed with two weeks remaining.
    “We wanted to come out on the winning side and still control our own destiny, instead of losing and having to rely on getting a lot of help,” said Brown. “We still control our own destiny. If we win the next two we’re in, but we’re going to take it one game at a time.”
    Dansville hosts unbeaten Hornell 7:30 p.m. Friday and Wellsville visits Notre Dame-Batavia 4 p.m. Saturday.
     
    Dansville 13 0 0 0 — 13
    Wellsville 0 8 6 8 —?22
     
    First Quarter
    D — Evan Dieter 21 run (Tyler Campbell kick)
    D — E. Dieter 24 run (kick blocked)
    Second Quarter
    W — Trystin Plummer 36 pass from Dusty Baldwin (Nick Anderson run)
    Third Quarter
    W — Baldwin 1 run (pass failed)
    Fourth Quarter
    W — Baldwin 1 run (Ray Embser run)
     
    Team Statistics
    Dansville Wellsville
    First Downs 12 16
    Rushes-Yards 36-207 46-231
    Comp-Att-Int 4-15-1 7-17-3
    Passing Yards 59 120
    Total offense 221 328
    Fumbles-Lost 1-1 3-0
    Penalties-Yards 5-52 10-78
    Punts-Avg 4-32.2 2-26.5
    Possession 20:37 27:23
    Total plays 51 63
     

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