Date in Blue Devil Football
Daily Herald Sports Editor
Bellwood-Antis scored a pair of late TDs on September 12, 1997
to pull away from Bishop Guilfoyle 20-7.
The Marauders scored in the first quarter and the Blue Devils tied the
score in the second for a 7-7 draw at the half.
Jeremy Guyer, who led all rushers with 173 yards on 31 carries, had his
number called three times for 41 yards to lead a second-quarter drive
and B-A quarterback Matt Miller found tight end Zack Fay behind the Marauder
defenders for a 23-yard TD pass. Tim Noonans PAT tied the score.
Junior cornerback Tim Tyler had a hand in setting up both fourth-quarter
scores for the Blue Devils.
With the game-clock beginning to run down, Bishop Guilfoyle began to take
to the air to try and get the lead. Tyler stepped in front of a Marauder
pass attempt and returned the pick 31 yards to the BG-15. Guyer had his
number called all four times, including the two-yard TD for a 13-7 advantage.
Minutes later, it was Tyler to the rescue again, intercepting a pass at
midfield and returning it to the BG-14. Guyer sealed the win with a nine-yard
TD rush and Noonans PAT kick made it 20-7.
Bellwood-Antis under coach John Hayes was 10-3 in 1997, winning the District
VI-A title and losing to eventual state champ Sharpsville in the PIAA
Western Semifinal on a field goal in the waning seconds, 17-15.
A crowd of nearly 4,000 witnessed the Blue Devils game against Tyrone
at Gray Field on September 12, 1952.
Bellwood-Antis won for the 27th consecutive time without a loss, turning
the Eagles away 19-0.
In an eight oclock start, the Blue Devils jumped on a Tyrone fumble
on the second play of the game to get things started. Five plays later,
sophomore fullback Albert Chub Dillen slipped in from the
one to jump start the B-A Main Line Express. Dillen also had
a 15-yard gain during the series.
Still in the opening quarter, Don Clark recovered a Tyrone fumble at the
Eagles-20. Three plays later, Dillen hooked up with senior end Dean Campbell
with a jump pass for eight yards and the Blue Devils second TD.
Clark circled right end for the PAT and a 13-0 advantage.
Tyrone mounted one serious scoring threat in the first half, marching
to the BA-10 before again coughing up the football on another fumble.
In the third quarter, Jim Fetterman intercepted a Tyrone pass at the Eagles-25.
Clark fired a jump pass to Campbell that took the ball to the T-2. From
there, Dillen bucked over the right side for his second TD of the night.
Tyrone drove to the B-A 25 late in the fourth quarter, but lost the ball
Bellwood-Antis opened the 1942 season with Bigler Township on September
With World War II raging, B-A head coach Bob Killen, faculty manager Charles
Hetrick and assistant football coach and head basketball coach Lew Myers
all were lost to the school while serving in the armed forces.
New head coach Lemont Duke Burkholder began his tenure at
Bellwood-Antis with a 25-7 victory over Bigler. Burkholder would coach
at Bellwood from 1942 through the 1948 season and compiled an overall
55-13-2 mark before going on to coach and teach at Dubois High School.
After a 5-5 mark in 1942, Burkholder went 50-8-2 from 1943 to 1948.
The Blue Devils blocked two Township punts and both led to touchdowns
which contributed greatly to the victory.
Bellwood-Antis marched to the Bigler-17, but lost the ball on a fumble.
The Blue Devils held and forced a punt, which the B-A defense blocked.
Mike Rodgers raced around end for the first score.
In the second quarter, Bigler fumbled and the Blue Devils recovered. Joe
Garman swept around end on the first play for the six-pointer and then
added the PAT kick.
Midway through the third period, after Bellwood-Antis converted three
successive first downs, Steve Hatfield, one of the best all-around athletes
ever from Bellwood, rambled for another score. Later in that same period,
the Blue Devil defense blocked their second punt and recovered at the
Dale Wolfkill finished off the scoring for Bellwood-Antis by scooting
in for the touchdown. Bigler added their only score in the fourth quarter
to set the final tally.