Date in Blue Devil Football
Daily Herald Sports Editor
Bellwood-Antis improved the record to 3-2 on October 1, 1982,
for coach John Hayes with a 41-0 win over Tussey Mountain at Bellwood
Memorial Stadium. The Blue Devils opened up a three-touchdown lead in
the first quarter against Tussey and cruised to the win.
Tussey coughed up the football on the third play of the game and standout
linebacker Jerry Potts was there to fall on the football at the Titan-34.
Six plays later, Potts completed the drive by bulling one yard for the
TD. Wally Rossi, who was kicking in place of Tim Kovac, who was out with
the flu, booted the first of five extra points.
Tussey managed just two yards in three plays and had to punt and Potts
broke through to block the kick. Two plays later, John Youngkin dove for
the four-yard TD and Rossi kicked the PAT.
Again the B-A defense held Tussey Mountain to three downs and out and
the Blue Devils quickly followed with another score. Completing a 57-yard
march, tailback Steve Miller burst up the middle for 22 yards and the
Tussey then took their only scoring threat of the game from their own
28 to the BA-3, before Rick Kensinger fell on a fumble to end the drive.
The fans had barely settled back in their seat following the second-half
kickoff, when B-A quarterback Bob Gill found Ken Campbell all alone for
a 71-yard pass play that took the ball to the TM-4. Miller blasted in
for the TD on the next play and RossiÕs PAT gave the Blue Devils a 28-0
Due to injuries in 1981 and in the preseason in 82, Don Stiffler
was playing in his first game in two years. Stiffler scored the final
two TDs on runs of four and 41 yards and was the leading ball carrier
with 93 yards on 15 carries. Gill completed six of eight passes for 160
yards and Miller added 58 yards on just nine carries.
Head coach Jim Gardner took over just a week prior to the beginning of
fall practice in 1976, due to the untimely and late resignation of former
coach Steve Hayes. After enduring four straight losses at the start of
the season, Bellwood-Antis defeated Tussey Mountain 13-6 on October
for their second win to improve to 1-4 for the season.
After playing the first four games of the season on the road, the Blue
Devils survived eight fumbles to prove Dorothy in The Wizard of
Oz was not the only one to find out that theres no place
Scott Hoffer capped a 13-play, 85-yard drive for the Blue Devils
first score, capping the march with a one-yard plunge for the score with
just over three minutes left in the opening quarter. Then late in the
second quarter, a fumble recovery gave B-A possession at the Titans-15.
Four plays later, Joe Schreckengost bulled in for another one-yard touchdown
and then kicked the extra point for a 13-0 lead.
Late in the game, a B-A fumble was recovered by Tussey at the BA-15. Going
against a determined Blue Devil defense, Tussey Mountain took seven plays
to score their only TD of the game.
The Bellwood-Antis football team powered their way to their fourth straight
win of the season on October 1, 1954,
smashing Osceola Mills 41-0. The Blue Devils opened the season by knocking
off Tyrone 36-7 and then recorded shutouts over Moshannon Joint 33-0,
Huntingdon 33-0, and then Osceola Mills.
Bellwood-Antis wasted no time in continuing to steamroll over the opposition.
Fred Maurer sliced off left tackle for a 26-yard TD to set the Mainline
Express in motion early and Albert Chub Dillen tacked on the
PAT kick. Later in the opening quarter, Dick Hummel used that same off-tackle
play to plunge in for a one-yard score and Dillens kick gave the
Blue devils a 14-0 advantage early.
The second period was all Dillen. The B-A senior, who owns the school
record for TDs (66) and points (454) by a wide margin, would lead Blair
County in scoring for the third straight year at the end of 1954. Chub
scored twice in the second quarter on runs of 15 and 11 yards and kicked
In the third quarter, Ray Rossi scampered around end, shook off several
would-be tacklers and raced 65 yards for a touchdown. Later in the quarter,
Dillen fielded a punt at his own 33, picked up some blockers and rambled
67 yards for the final score of the game, adding the extra point. It was
the 15th straight win for B-A under head coach Elwood Petchel, who in
two years at Bellwood-Antis, never lost a game.