NTL Season Preview: Wellsboro Hornets

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WELLSBORO, Pa. (WETM) – The Wellsboro Hornets are feeling prepared as they enter the 2021 season with quarterback Isaac Keane back for another season.

Last year in the shortened season Keane threw seven touchdowns and rushed for two more in the Hornets 3-3 campaign. With fans back in the stands, Keane says this year will be a lot different than the pandemic season.

“It’s going to be the best feeling because last year I remember talking to the guys down on the field with no one in the stands, no music, you’re just sitting there. It’s going to be a whole different feeling. It’s going to be like the first time again,” said Keane at NTL Media Day.

The Hornets are once again led by head coach Matt Hildebrand, who last season became the school’s winningest football coach with 68 wins, surpassing Russ Manney. Hildebrand also owns the school’s all-time winning percentage among coaches with at least 15 games.

Hildebrand says last season put things into perspective for him coaching through the pandemic and that he’s learned to take a step back and enjoy the ride.

“I think that’s one one of the biggest lessons I’ve learned is that, you know, enjoy the wins, take the time to step back and reflect a little bit because time goes by quick and you’re never going to get those back and it can be taken away very quickly.”

Here’s a look at the Hornets’ schedule for the 2021 season, which begins with a scrimmage at Loyalsock.

DATEOPPONENTLOCATIONTIME/SCORE
08-21Loyalsock  @ Loyalsock (SCR)Kenneth M Robbins Stadium10:00 am
08-27Montoursville  @ Montoursville (0-0)7:00 pm
09-03South Williamsport  vs. South Williamsport (0-0)Wellsboro Community Athletic Complex7:00 pm
09-10Hughesville  vs. Hughesville (0-0)Wellsboro Community Athletic Complex7:00 pm
09-17Shikellamy  @ Shikellamy (0-0)7:00 pm
09-25Troy  @ Troy (0-0) *Alparon Park7:00 pm
10-01Canton  vs. Canton (0-0) *Wellsboro Community Athletic Complex7:00 pm
10-08Towanda  vs. Towanda (0-0) *Wellsboro Community Athletic Complex7:00 pm
10-15Wyalusing  @ Wyalusing (0-0) *7:00 pm
10-22Athens  vs. Athens (0-0) *Wellsboro Community Athletic Complex7:00 pm
10-29North Penn-Mansfield  @ North Penn-Mansfield (0-0) *Island Park7:00 pm
Subject to change

Check out 18 Sports’ previews of the Wyalusing Rams, Troy Trojans, and the Athens Wildcats heading into the NTL season. More previews from the NTL are still to come on 18 Sports!

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