WELLSVILLE, Ohio (WKBN) – Over the last seven seasons (2015-21), Wellsville has accumulated an overall record of 28-40. During that stretch, the Tigers have not enjoyed a winning campaign. Dating back to 2002 (spanning 20 seasons), the Tigers have been able to achieve that accomplishment just four times (2008, 2009, 2013, 2014).

Offensively, the team lost their starting quarterback Valen Krzyston (592 yards passing, 7 TDs; 279 rushing yards) and his twin brother Garrett (25 catches, 318 yards, 3 TDs) to graduation.

Coach Moose Ramsey states, “We have a lot to replace with the Krzyston twins and Tyler [Stanley] leaving. However, we have two players fighting for the quarterback position, two returning wide receivers that are working to replace Garrett [Krzyston].”

Wellsville returns their leading rusher Isaiah Greathouse. Last fall, he gained 8.5 yards per carry (55 attempts, 469 yards) and scored 4 times.

“We’ll look to Zay [Greathouse] to be our leader again and carry the load for us,” says Ramsey. “We have a few kids wanting to help the cause. Gavin Kountz and freshman Clayton Kersey are competing for the quarterback spot.”

The defense improved to allow an average of just 20-points per game (19.9), down from their average the season before from 28 points per contest. The defensive unit returns their top three tacklers in Kasen Ramsey (52 tackles, 3 QB sacks), Gavin Kountz (49 tackles) and JJ Cline (12 TFL, 5 QB sacks).

“Having those three returning is huge for us,” says Ramsey. “JJ can control the line of scrimmage and has had a great off-season in the weight room. Kasen led us in tackles last season and is working hard on breaking down film, learning the defense and putting the work in on the weights. Kountz called our defense last year and has stepped up his game wanting to take over coach Shawn Carter’s offense. We have Ed Stock, Nate McGraw, Kolby Ramsey, Hadley Tice, Caleb Plum, Dontay Wilcox, Tyrell Watkins and Landon Ramsey are striving to make our defense better. I would keep an eye on Tyrell, he’s a good athlete and has grown a lot this off-season.”

Ramsey also mentions, “The off-season is tough for us just like any other small school. We have twenty young men that play every sport. With that the other coaches let us work our team out when time permits.”

The Tigers will welcome Toronto for their week one showdown on Friday, August 19.

Wellsville Tigers
Fast Facts
Head Coach: Rob Ramsey, 6th season (18-30)
2021 Record: 4-4 (4-3), 4th place in EOAC
Last 5 Years: 18 -30 (37.5%)
Home Field: Nicholson Stadium
League: Eastern Ohio Athletic Conference
Base Offense: Pro Split Backs
Base Defense: 4-4

Returning Starters
Offense: 8
Defense: 8

2021 Team Stats
Scoring Offense: 21.5 (39th in Area)
Scoring Defense: 19.9 (22nd in Area)

2021 Individual Leaders
Passing: Valen Krzyston – 592 yards, 55.2% (53-96), 7 TDs
Rushing: Isaiah Greathouse – 469 yards, 8.5 avg, 4 TDs
Receiving: Garrett Krzyston – 318 yards, 12.7 avg, 3 TDs
Tackles: Kasen Ramsey – 52
Quarterback Sacks: JJ Cline – 5
Interceptions: Valen Krzyston – 3

2021 Results
Tigers 35 Leetonia 8
Valley Christian 19 Tigers 0
United 34 Tigers 7
Tigers 28 Lisbon 21
Southern 33 Tigers 20
Tigers 35 East Palestine 0
Tigers 47 Columbiana 18
Lowellville 33 Tigers 6

2021 EOAC Standings
United – 6-0 (8-2)
Southern – 6-1 (8-3)
Valley Christian – 5-1 (7-3)
Wellsville – 4-3 (4-4)
Columbiana – 2-4 (3-6)
Lisbon – 2-5 (2-7)
Leetonia – 1-5 (2-5)
East Palestine – 0-7 (0-10)

2022 Schedule
Aug. 19 – Toronto
Aug. 26 – at Edison
Sept. 3 – at Steubenville Catholic Central
Sept. 9 – Columbiana
Sept. 16 – East Palestine
Sept. 23 – at Southern
Sept. 30 – Lisbon
Oct. 7 – at United
Oct. 14 – Valley Christian
Oct. 21 – at Leetonia