Every team needs a Josh Wellman and every Josh Wellman needs … well … an opportunity.
Wellman made the most of his last Friday in Oak Ridge’s big victory over Vacaville.
The Trojan junior was slated to be a backup on defense (secondary) and have a part-time role on offense (running back).
That changed in a hurry.
What happened was that Wellman’s gig became full-time on both sides of the ball. He ran for 65 yards on offense and was a part of his team’s bend-don’t-break defensive unit.
Injuries to defensive back Jacob Sipes and running back Blake Martin early on pressed Wellman into the lineup and his play was key to the outcome — evidenced when he was signaled out by the Oak Ridge coaches in the team’s post-game talk.
Troy’s win was a classic — tense, exciting and satisfying — a good takeaway to the bye week before meeting Folsom. Talk on the field in the victory’s aftermath was that the win was one of the bigger ones in school history as was the drive to put up the game-winning points.
Sweating out the last Bulldog possession where they attempted but missed the potential game-tying field goal? Just added drama.
Wellman teamed with Tanner Hughes to keep the chains moving on Oak Ridge’s final 84-yard fourth-quarter drive. Earlier, Wellman escaped a jersey grab on his way to a 29-yard touchdown run for the lead at halftime.
He also recovered the fumble after Nick Gordon’s strip to set the game-winning drive in motion.
On another football note, how about that game-ending call by the replacement refs in the Green Bay-Seattle matchup on Monday Night Football?
Cheeseheads now know the pain Northern Californians felt after the infamous “Tuck Rule” game in 2002.
This one could have been worse. Maybe the worst call in league history.
How could instant relay, the very instrument designed to get the play right, still get it wrong?
The league is trying to hang its hat on it being a simultaneous catch and therefore the ruling is correct.
They’re also pointing out the Seattle receiver should have been flagged for offensive pass interference as if that’s the main component of the play.
With week No. 4 coming, the officiating events that’s transpired is enough to scare the heck out of fans eagerly awaiting their teams to play.