Hanoverton, OH – Wikipedia describes Murphy’s Law as an adage or epigram typically stated as: “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.” That was the sentiment for the Wellsville Tigers as they suffered a 46-30 loss to United tonight that ended their 3-0 start to league play.
The second quarter is one the Tigers would soon like to forget. Senior superstar wide receiver Darien Suggs left the game with an injury, from there nothing seemed to go the Tigers way on offense. Multiple turnovers dropped passes, and penalties helped the Eagles put up 30 points in the second frame. The end of the first quarter saw the Eagles with an 8-6 lead, at halftime it was 38-16.
On the defensive side, the Tigers had no answer for Eagles tailback Tyler Lippiatt. The senior put his team on his back, finishing the night with 27 carries for 292 yards and four touchdowns. Lippiatt came up with several 3rd down conversions, long runs, and seemed to break multiple tackles each time he touched the ball.
The Tigers tried to stage a second-half comeback, but two consecutive long drives in the third quarter ending inside the 10-yard line did the Tigers in. Troy Carter finished 18 for 31 with 271 yards passing and two touchdowns to go with two one-yard touchdown runs. Sophomore receiver Valen Krzyston had 10 receptions for 151 yards and a touchdown, while Justin Wright pitched in with a 61-yard touchdown catch of his own. Krzyston also had an interception on defense.
The Eagles outgained the Tigers by just 12 yards on the night, but it was their 10 minute time of possession advantage that sealed the Tigers fate. With the loss, Wellsville moves to 5-2 on the season, while the Eagles improve to 3-4. The Tigers play at Columbiana next week, while United heads to Southern Local.
*Story contributed by YSN’s Gary Althiser