Matt Brewer's rushing led the Tigers to victory.
By JOE SCALZO
VINDICATOR SPORTS STAFF
NEWARK -- Wellsville's star was "A-lined" Saturday night.
Running behind, into and through gaps created by a powerful Tiger offensive line, Wellsville senior running back Matt Brewer ran for 122 yards on 28 carries and a touchdown to lead the Tigers (7-4) past host Newark Catholic, 24-19 in a Division VI regional quarterfinal.
"I just thought we took it to them," said Wellsville coach Eric Meek. "When you beat Newark Catholic on this field, it's a great win."
The Tigers racked up 189 yards rushing to overpower the Green Wave. It was all the more impressive considering Wellsville was outnumbered by a 2-1 margin (61-30) in number of players.
"I'm happy," said Meek. "So happy. I'm so proud. I'm so proud of my kids. Proud of my coaches. It's a great win."
Close at half: Brewer scored the Tigers' first touchdown, a 5-yard run in the first quarter, and Newark Catholic answered with a 10-yard score by Seth Elliott to make it 7-6 at the half.
Wellsville wideout Gregg Collins returned the opening kickoff of the first half 80 yards for a touchdown but the Green Wave again answered with a 65-yard scoring pass from Dolan to running back Kyle Williamson.
Dustin Carr and Mark Lascola each scored on 4-yard runs in an 18-point third quarter for Wellsville, which gave the Tigers a 24-13 lead at the end of three quarters.
On-side kick: Newark Catholic scored a late touchdown on a 15-yard pass from Dolan to Jimmy Hebson, but Wellsville recovered the on=side kick and the Green Wave didn't get the ball back until under a minute left.
"We got big plays when we needed them and we rolled the clock when we needed to," Meek said. "But give credit to Newark. They're a great football team."
Williamson led Newark with 21 carries for 90 yards and three catches for 85 yards. Dolan hit 8-of-21 passes for 144 yards.