Date in Blue Devil Football
Daily Herald Sports Editor
On Friday, September 8, 1995,
Bellwood-Antis answered a major question with a convincing 38-14 victory
over Everett, in a game that was halted for about 15 minutes when the
officials stopped the game due to several close bolts of lightning.
The Blue Devils provided a few lightning strikes themselves, with senior
tailback Ryan Hostler scoring on a pair of long TDs, a 73-yard run from
scrimmage and a 62-yard punt return. Hostler, who rushed 29 times for
180 yards, also scored on 12 and two-yard runs. B-A place kicker Dan Tubbs
booted five PATs and added a 37-yard field goal.
Sophomore fullback Don Lingenfelter added 71 yards on 14 carries, including
a two-yard TD that gave B-A the lead for good with just under six minutes
to play in the first half.
Everett stuck with the Blue Devils by using a passing attack, but after
a seven-of-12 for nearly 100 yards in the first half, was limited by the
Bellwood-Antis defense to just three of 12 in the second half and the
B-A defensive unit finished the game with four interceptions.
The Blue Devils, coached by John Hayes had dropped a 34-14 decision to
backyard rival Tyrone in the opening game a week earlier that was the
first win over Bellwood-Antis by the Eagles in nine years.
Locked in a tight 7-6 football game and backed up to their own 15-yard
line, Bellwood-Antis needed a spark at Orbisonia on Friday, September
Lightning struck in the form of junior tailback Chris McCartney, who rambled
85 yards for a touchdown that put the Blue Devils in front for good in
a 27-6 win over Southern Huntingdon.
B-A took the opening kickoff and drove down the field for the first score.
Junior slotback Bo Lardieri went around right end for the 11-yard TD.
The key call was a Mike Coulter-to-Lardieri pass play that covered 34
yards. Brad Snyder booted the PAT.
Having is number called, McCartney, who rushed 14 times for 158 yards,
got to the outside and simply outran everybody for the long TD run to
effectively change the games tempo, after Southern Huntingdon had
come right back to score and close the Blue Devils advantage to
a single point, 7-6.
B-A went into the halftime intermission up 20-6, when Snyder tipped a
Coulter pass and then made a diving catch in the end zone for a seven-yard
Lardieri ran 15 yards on the first play of the fourth quarter and Snyder
booted his third extra point to set the final score. Bellwood-Antis improved
to 2-0 for head coach John Hayes, after knocking off Tyrone by the same
score 27-6 in the opener a week earlier.
On Friday, September 8, 1950,
Bellwood-Antis traveled to Tyrone for their annual game with the Golden
Eagles before a crowd of 7,500 at Gray Field. The Blue Devils scored two
first-quarter touchdowns and one extra point and then held off the Orange
and Black to win 13-12.
That was the first time in the 13-game series up to that point, in which
B-A had won two games in a row against Tyrone. Tyrone led the series 10
wins to three, but the Blue Devils had won 26-6 in 1946, and 15-0 on 1949
to count three wins in the last five games between the two rivals. Bellwood-Antis
would triumph six straight times from 1949-1954 to slice Tyrones
series lead to 10-6 and probably begin for the first time to really make
it a heated rivalry between near-equal adversaries. The first eight games
were all Tyrone wins with the Eagles outscoring B-A 226-14, not much of
a actual rivalry, before 1946.
Midway through the opening quarter, Mike Hoffer, who would be chosen a
First Team All-State running back after the 1950 season, fielded a Tyrone
punt at his own 40 and ran to his right, cut back over the left and rocketed
60 yards for a touchdown.
On the ensuing kickoff, Tyrone fumbled and Bellwood-Antis recovered at
Out of the Blue Devils Single-Wing offensive attack, Hoffer received
the direct snap and fired a wide pass out to end Dick Keller at the line
of scrimmage, and Keller tapped the ball to Don Roth, who ran the final
15 yards for the second Bellwood-Antis score in three plays. Big B-A fullback
Ken DeRemer, playing with a bad knee kicked what would prove to the winning
PAT to stretch the Bellwood-Antis lead to 13-0.
Tyrone would score once in the third quarter and then again in the fourth
quarter, but missed both tries for extra points, with Bellwood-Antis holding
on for the single-point win for head coach Duke Burkholder and assistant
coach Wally Fields.
Following a short punt, Tyrone took over at the BA-24. Dick Phillips went
over right tackle, reversed his field and carried to the BA-4. After a
Bellwood-Antis clipping penalty moved the ball the BA-1, Phillips scored.
Givlers PAT kick was blocked.
In the fourth quarter, the Eagles Ernie Anderson intercepted a Blue
Devil pass to get the ball at the BA-22. After a pair of incompletions,
Tony Barr, who had taken over for Hugh Wagner, rifled a long toss to Anderson,
who made a spectacular catch at the BA-1. Johnny Kelly plunged for the
one-yard score. Tyrone tried a run for the extra point this time, but
the B-A defense stopped it short to hang on for the victory.