BR Girls Football beats Wellsville; Lions football team shows improvement in loss to tough RJ (photo gallery)

STORY AND PHOTOS BY CHRIS BROOKS, Sportswriter, wellsvillesports.com

WELLSVILLE – In football, getting a quick start is absolutely essential. With it, it lets you control the game at your own pace. For the Lady Wolverines of Bolivar-Richburg, it only took a few minutes in Saturday’s game in Wellsville.

But at the same time, their departure caught fire in seconds.

In the space of just 24 seconds, the Lady Wolverines unleashed a game-changing engulfment, as Cassidy Stives and Madigan Harris took turns in the first five minutes of play to knock the hammer down almost immediately on the Lady Lions with a 2-0 lead that they never let go through the cold winds of the lion’s den, drawing it back to a 3-0 shutout.

At 34:35 after the opening kick, Bolivar-Richburg (8-6) was ready for a big, hot start to the game, moving deep into Wellsville territory with one of his first kicks. corner kick in the game. With McKinlee Harris choosing to take the kick, he was sent perfectly on Lady Lions’ goal, meeting a body just ahead – one that Cassidy Stives would deliver straight into the net to capture the first strike.

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Very soon after, the Lady Wolverines added to their lead from the spot kick after Stives’ goal, as Madigan Harris grabbed a pass from the back of Teegan Sibble, carrying it against and through the Wellsville (1-12-1) defensive, moving past Makenna Dunbar next to the right post and to extend their lead by a pair.

The lead would hold until half-time as they remained masters of the midfield battle for most of the time. As a result, an insurance play just after 10 minutes into the second half would come across Madigan Harris’ cross in front of goal, crashing into Raegan Giardini’s feet where it shoved him home into right in the middle for a three-goal lead.

The three goals would come on six total shots on the Lady Lions net, as the defense held the hosts in black and orange to one, as Kyla Gayton recorded the shutout behind the lone save. Makenna Dunbar and Madison Thompson would combine to make five saves for Wellsville, which now hosts Cuba-Rushford on Monday at 5 p.m.

Bolivar-Richburg return to the field Wednesday night for a monster showdown against the undefeated Fillmore Lady Eagles on the road, starting at 7 p.m.

SOCCER

Red jacket 50, Wellsville 12

SHORTSVILLE — It was as electric a start as the Wellsville Lions could have hoped for on their final road trip to visit Red Jacket on Saturday afternoon.

On the last play before the end of the first quarter, they smashed their way down the field from end to end on an explosive dash by Brennen Geffers to break the ice. But as soon as the action moved into the second quarter, a brand new, pristine slate was presented to house Red Jacket to work with.

The Indians would go above and beyond for the next two quarters, holding Wellsville to a complete standstill while racking up an unanswered 44 points, powering the offensive freight train led by Micah Harshfield and his six total touchdowns under center and on the run to launch his side to a dynamic 50-12 win.

Before the explosive outing on offense materialized for the Indians, the Lions (0-6) were the first to reach the plateau at the very end of the first quarter. With 20 ticks remaining on the clock, JJ Howard passed the baton to Brennen Geffers from his own 7-yard line. Geffers then began to cut back and work his way along the far sidelines, leaving the Red Jacket defense in the rearview mirror just as time expired to find the end zone on his 93-yard touchdown.

Wellsville hoped the long goalscoring game would provide a big boost of energy for the next period of play. But it was Red Jacket who then siphoned that energy straight from the Lions’ grip, as they launched into a scoring streak with 24 points in the second quarter, led by a trio of scoring from Micah Harshfield – two through the air to Matt Allen from eight yards, then late in the half a touchdown from 25 yards to James Sibeto.

Between these touchdown passes, one of his on the ground at 22 meters. What was a 6-0 lead at the start became an 18-point deficit by the break for the Lions.

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From the second half, Red Jacket turned to their defense to continue to hold Wellsville at bay. They would go on to do just that, forcing four total turnovers, including back-to-back pit fumbles in the third quarter. The Indians would use them as the basis for what became a 20-point frame to add to their lead. Leading that charge were two more Harshfield air strikes at Sibeto at 29 and 38 yards before Matt Allen found the end zone once more himself from 13 yards on their final drive from the frame.

Before the third quarter reached its conclusion, the Lions would finally make their way up the board with their final score of the battle – a 37-yard run on the near sideline by Howard from the backfield.

Red Jacket would go on to add one more score from the goal line in Josiah Schmidt’s final 12 minutes, working their way through the defense en route to the team’s last.

Wellsville will be back for its final home game of the regular season next Friday night, as it hosts its annual Homecoming game against Mynderse starting at 7 p.m. in the Lion’s Den.

During halftime, there will be a special ceremony for the new inductees into this year’s Wellsville Central School Hall of Fame Class of 2022.

Wellsville 6 0 6 0 – 12

Red jacket 0 24 20 6 – 50

Scoring Summary

1st

WLSV – Brennen Geffers 93-yard run, 2-point miss (6-0 WLSV)

2nd

RJ – 8-yard pass from Matt Allen off Micah Harshfield, good 2 points (8-6 RJ)

RJ – Micah Harshfield Run 22 yards, good 2 runs (16-6 RJ)

RJ – James Sibeto pass from 25 yards from Micah Harshfield, good 2 points (24-6 RJ)

3rd

RJ – James Sibeto pass from 29 yards from Micah Harshfield, good 2 points (32-6 RJ)

RJ – James Sibeto pass from 38 yards from Micah Harshfield, 2 pts missed (38-6 RJ)

RJ – 13-yard pass from Matt Allen from Micah Harshfield, 2 missed pts (44-6 RJ)

WLSV – JJ Howard 37-yard run, 2-point miss (44-12 RJ)

4th

RJ – Josiah Schmidt 1-yard run, 2-misses (50-12 RJ)

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