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Wellsville closes in on district title

By The Herald Staff | 10/25/2013

WELLSVILLE — The Wellsville High School Eagles built up a 22-0 first quarter lead on their way to their second consecutive district win

Friday over Osage City in Wellsville.

WELLSVILLE — The Wellsville High School Eagles built up a 22-0 first quarter lead on their way to their second consecutive district win

Friday over Osage City in Wellsville.

The Eagles rolled to a 42-14 victory.

“We talked about that before the game,” coach Brad Burkdoll said. “We wanted to strike quick, and use our speed.”

And strike quick they did. The Eagles scored 14 points in the first six minutes of the game thanks to a 57-yard touchdown run by junior running back Brett Osbern. That score was followed by a 20-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Shamus Kearney to fellow senior wide receiver Carter Mann.

Kearney punched the ball in from 9 yards out at the end of the first quarter to give the Eagles the 22-point lead.

“[Kearney] has been a great leader for us,” Burkdoll said. “He does a great job of running our offense. He finished the night 3-of-3 passing with two touchdowns.”

Osbern finished the game with 144 yards on 15 carries, and senior running back Luke Meyer added 67 yards on seven carries for the Eagles.

Wellsville (6-2) closes out the regular season at home 7 p.m. Friday against West Franklin.

“We just gotta keep going,” Burkdoll said. “We need to make big plays in crucial situations, and I think we did a good job of that tonight. I like the way we are playing.”

Wellsville clinches the district championship with a win over West Franklin, while the Falcons (1-1) need a victory to stay in the playoff race after a 46-14 loss to Central Heights.

The win keeps the Vikings (1-1) in the playoff hunt.

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