Wolverines fall to Coudersport

Sheffield’s Nywan Sims runs around the outside, ready to take on a Coudersport defender.

The Sheffield Wolverines, like in years past, expected to use the first AML North game as a jump-off point to reboot the typically rough start of the season where they face the AML South. Visiting Coudersport dominated Sheffield, however, 44-13 at home, and subsequently leaving Sheffield at the bottom of the league at 0-1 (0-5 overall).

“We’re thin in some areas,” said Sheffield head coach Dave Fitch. “When we do have to make some changes and adjustments because of injury or rest, we are putting some kids out there that are first year kids, or kids that don’t really play that position.

Again we have 28 kids, and you got a lump in one area, you don’t have 28 divided evenly amongst 11 positions.”

Sheffield’s offense compiled just 165 yards, while the Falcons put on a rushing clinic with two running backs – Stevie Kelly and Hayden Kick and quarterback Jared Green – all having 80-plus yards rushing on the day. Coudersport’s Derek Keglovits scored two times for 44 yards on ground as well.

Already down 20-0 just minutes into the second quarter, the Wolverines’ were able to hit on a big play when quarterback Caleb Albaugh connected with Josh Agudio for a 60-yard touchdown. Sheffield’s final score of the day came on a similar play on the Wolverines’ first series of the third quarter, this time for 56 yards.

Wolverines’ quarterback Cale Abaugh drags Falcons’ David Burd while scrambling Saturday in a 44-13 loss at home.

“I’m not gonna lie to you,” Fitch said. “Sometimes watching film as coaches, you see what other teams do successful, and that play actually came from Bradford. They ran it on Coudersport. They had the same exact success. So to put that play in was very simple. I’d like to take ownership for that play, but it was a stolen play, so to speak.”

Albaugh finished the game with 149 yards in the air and two interceptions to go with his two scores. The senior quarterback was under pressure the entire game, but managed to only get sacked four times. Meanwhile, Agudio, who has taken over as starting running back for the absent week one starter, Kevin Evans, was much more effective as a receiver, only rushing for 11 yards on seven carries.

Evans, who was voted back onto the team by the players, saw his first action since departing several weeks ago. The dangerous running back only had one carry for two yards.

“Kevin made his return back to the lineup,” said Fitch, “and we will be trying to get him caught up and seeing more playing time in the up coming weeks.”

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Nicholas Knowles pulls down Coudersport running back Stevie Kelly, while Matt Dunham (80) comes in for the assist.

Score by quarters

Coudersport 8 20 16 0 – 44

Sheffield 0 7 7 0 – 13

Scoring summary

First Quarter

C- Stevie Kellly 2 run, (Jared Green run), 3:20.

Second Quarter

C- Hayden Keck 43 run, (conversion failed), 11:49.

C- Derek Kegllovits 1 run, (conversion failed), 9:49.

S- Josh Agudio 60 pass from Caleb Albaugh, (Albaugh kick), 9:34.

C- Green 6 run, (Kelly run), 3:26.

Third Quarter

C- Thomas Wilson 2 run, (Green run), 8:44.

S- Agudio 56 pass from Albaugh, (conversion failed), 9:34.

C- Keglovits 1 run, (Keglovits pass from Green), 1:10.

Fourth Quarter

Team statistics

C S

Offensive Plays 65 30

First Downs 19 5

Total Yards 403 165

Rushes-Yards

57-331 18-16

Passing Yards 72 149

Comp-Att-Int 6-8-0 5-12-2

Fumbles-Lost 5-0 4-3

Penalty-Yards 5-40 5-25

Individual statistics

Rushing: Coudersport, Kelly 18-85-TD, Green 10-85-TD, Keck 10-80-TD, Keglovits 5-44-2TD, Wilson 8-30-TD, Jacob Pitcher 2-11, Tommy Crosby 1-3, Mason Klesa 3-(-7); Sheffield, Agudio 7-11, Ryan Weaver 3-5, Kevin Evans 1-2, Albaugh 7-(-2).

Passing: Coudersport, Green 5-7-70, Keck 1-1-2; Sheffield, Albaugh 5-12-149-2TD-2INT.

Receiving: Coudersport, Keglovits 2-33, Keck 2-22, Green 1-2, Kolby Vanwhy 1-15; Sheffield, Agudio 2-116-2TD, Nywan Sims 3-33.

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