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Chestnut Ridge Lions:
Friday, October 14, 2005 Fishertown,
Devils second-half rally holds off Chestnut Ridge to hand Lions
Daily Herald Sports Editor
Nothing comes easy when Bellwood-Antis and Chestnut Ridge get together
to play football. The last two varsity contests have been won by the Blue
Devils by three and seven points. The junior varsity game last year was
decided by an Evan Celmo field goal with a minute to play. The junior
high game in 2004 was a 7-0 win for Ridge on a fourth-quarter score by
then ninth grade quarterback Max Kauert.
Friday night at Dr. Larry Giovacchini Stadium in Fishertown was no exception.
B-A jumped out to a 14-0 advantage with a touchdown in each of the first
two quarters. The Lions came roaring back on two quick scores to tie the
game at 14-14.
Bellwood-Antis kicked to Chestnut Ridge to begin the second half and Lion
runner Nick Herncane electrified the Ridge fans by taking the ball up
the middle 51 yards to the BA-25. Max Kauert found running back Jordan
Downey for nine yards to the Blue Devil-14. The B-A defense forced a pair
of incompletions, but on a third and nine, Kauert found Mike Tomovich
in the end zone for a 13-yard TD pass. The PAT kick by Brandon Schade
was wide right to leave Bellwood-Antis ahead 14-6.
The Chestnut Ridge defense forced a punt by the Blue Devils, taking over
at their own-25. On first down, Kauert fired a strike to Tomovich, who
raced 75 yards for the score. Going for two points, Ridge pulled off a
trick play with Tomovich throwing a pass to Sasha Kauert, Maxs older
brother to tie the game at 14-all.
I was real concerned, when Chestnut Ridge tied the score,
was how Bellwood-Antis coach John Hayes assessed the situation after a
second Max Kauert, starting varsity as a sophomore, touchdown pass knotted
the score at 14-14. I believe that sometimes, no matter what you
do, things can happen. We talked about the kickoff, the last thing before
we left the locker room, about good coverage, making a play. Their kid
just made a great effort. We didnt cover it and they came out fired
up with great momentum and got exactly what they needed to do that. Then
on the first play from scrimmage, our kids were a little flat-footed looking
for a run. They threw the ball and the receiver made a good move and the
quarterback hit him and all of a sudden hes off to the races, its
tied up Then the two-point conversion, when youre reeling like that
we were coming hard and it was very easy for them to convert.
After the two teams exchanged punts, Devon Clapper returned the Ridge
kick 23 yards to the BA-46. Kyle Drost connected with Clapper for eight
yards and Jon Davila ground out four yards for a first down. Josh Kleinfelter
covered 17 yards on two carries and Clapper picked up three more. Clapper
then took a wingback counter over the left side, cut back and scampered
33 yards for a go-ahead score. Evan Celmo booted the third of five perfect
PATs to move the Blue Devils out to a 21-14 advantage. Drost has now connected
on 39 of 79 passes for 765 yards.
I was very concerned at that point and time, explained Hayes.
But if you are going to be a good football team-if you hope to be
a championship caliber football team, you have to rise to that challenge.
We werent losing, it was just zero-to-zero-14-14. We just had to
start over. Devon got us good field position. We got started and were
able to make some big plays and grind it out some there in the second
Bellwood-Antis then worked a successful onsides kick, which was recovered
by junior Evan Hughes at the BA-49. Drost got them off and running with
a 17-yard pass completion to Kleinfelter on the first play of the drive,
and Kleinfelter, who rushed 35 times for 207 yards in the game, motored
23 yards to the CR-11. Kleinfelter had his number called on four straight
plays, including the two-yard TD and a 28-14 lead.
I noticed on the kick before they were overshifting towards the
hash mark where we were kicking off from, said Hayes about calling
the onsides kick. We had a lot of room on our sideline and it kind
of worked out right. It wasnt as easy as I thought it would be,
but we had some of our people over there. Their kid got a hand on it and
it was close to us not getting it, but we got it cleanly. It was a good
play of us, we needed something like that because they are a good football
team. Sometimes they get overlooked because of their schedule but they
have great athletes and played well out here tonight.
Ridge wasnt done yet, with Max Kauert driving the Lions 65 yards
for another tally to close the score to a touchdown-difference at 28-21.
Kauert opened with a completion of 15 yards to Tomovich, then used his
legs to pick up 13 yards and first down in two carries. Brandon Miller
bulled for six yards and Downey scooted for 11 more, before Kauert found
his brother Sasha for a 20-yard TD strike and Schade added the PAT. Max
Kauert was held to just one completion in eight pass attempts in the first
half, but finished seven of 17 for 143 yards and three TDs to lead the
way for the Lions.
The Blue Devil defense, led by Adam Martin, Tony DelGrosso, Tyler Narehood,
Troy Brunner and Anthony Jenkins, limited the Chestnut Ridge (6-1) rushing
attack to just 68 yards on 26 rushes.
Bellwood-Antis rose to the occasion one more time to salt the victory
away. Justin Manning returned the kick following the final Chestnut Ridge
score 19 yards to the BA-24. Bellwood-Antis was hit with a 10-yard penalty
that kicked them back to their own-14, but B-A turned around and drove
84 yards for the score. The TD drive was all Kleinfelter. The B-A junior,
who now has rushed 170 times for 1,182 yards, his second 1,000-yard season,
carried six times for 28 yards, then got loose over the right side and
raced 57 yards for his fourth TD of the evening and 19th of the season.
With 4:12 remaining in the game, Celmos PAT gave the Blue Devils
a 35-21 lead they would hold to games end.
Right now, this is a big win for us, said Hayes. We
have to win, win, win, when you are in this type of playoff position.
A win here obviously against a good team is going to help us in that thing.
But through the course of the year, when we may have to come back from
behind, or when a team comes back on us, we will have had that experience.
Weve been there against a good team and were able to do that. We
have that to rely on, to bank on this experience down the road. Our kids
learned a lot tonight, and a lot of it was from mistakes. I think we will
be better for it. Hopefully we can correct some of those things and everybodys
healthy and we can get ready for another tough one next week.
Bellwood-Antis (6-1), who rushed for 269 yards and threw for 153 yards,
against a Chestnut Ridge defense that in their first six games was giving
up just 4.5 points, 67 yards rushing and 67 yards passing, is at home
for Senior Night next Friday against once Moshannon Valley (5-2), who
dropped a 34-0 contest to Juniata Valley on Friday night.
Score by quarter:
- Kleinfelter 4 run (Celmo kick) 4:00
B-A - Kleinfelter 1 run (Celmo kick)
CR - Tomovich 13 pass from M. Kauert
(Kick failed) 9:00
CR - Tomovich 75 pass from M. Kauert
(S. Kauert pass from Tomovich) 6:35
B-A - Clapper 33 run (Celmo kick)
B-A - Kleinfelter 2 run. (Celmo kick)
CR - S. Kauert 20 pass from M. Kauert (Schade kick) 8:13
B-A - Kleinfelter 57 run (Celmo kick)
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