Date in Blue Devil Football
Daily Herald Sports Editor
Bellwood-Antis lost to Penns Valley 22-21 on October 4, 1996,
when the Rams kicked a 33-yard field goal to overtake the Blue Devils,
who had the lead for all but four seconds, when Penns Valley capped a
95-yard march with the game winning kick.
Playing at State College due to Penns Valley rebuilding their home field,
Bellwood-Antis was their own worst enemy, losing a fumble on the opening
kickoff, getting one punt blocked and another tipped and allowing a Penns
Valley offense, that had been dormant for much of the game to suddenly
come alive to drive the entire field for the game-winning chip shot.
The Rams took advantage to score on the fumble for a 7-0 lead, but B-A
responded with a TD in each of the first two quarters to take a 14-7 lead
Don Lingenfelter set up his own one-yard TD by scampering 33 yards to
the PV-one after a Steve Conlon to Jim Gwinn pass completion was good
for 13 yards. Then on their next series, B-A drove 72 yards with Conlon
hitting Gwinn with a 41-yard TD pass. Tim Noonan booted PAT kicks after
each score for the 14-7 lead at intermission.
Penns Valley scored twice in the third quarter to attempt to bounce back
into the lead. Two-point conversions after both scores were turned away
with Gwinn coming up with interceptions on both PAT tries.
In between the two Ram scores, Conlon located Zack Fay all alone for a
38-yard TD pass and Noonans PAT kick gave the Blue Devils a 21-13
With 2:04 to play and B-A leading 21-19, a Conlon pass attempt to a wide-open
Fay was knocked down at the line of scrimmage and Penns Valley took over
at their own five.
David Royer, the Rams quarterback, who had completed just two of 10 passes
for 12 yards and one interception, suddenly completed three passes in
a row for 52 yards to manuever the Rams into range for the field goal
try, which with four ticks left on the clock lifted Penns Valley (3-3)
into the win and spelled defeat for B-A who dropped to 2-4, on their way
to a 4-6 mark, the first losing season for the Blue Devils under coach
John Hayes since 1981.
Lingenfelter led all runners with 20 carries for 106 yards, while Conlon
completed 11 of 15 for 115 yards, two TDs and no interceptions.
Finding themselves in their second straight defensive battle, Bellwood-Antis
regrouped with three second-half TDs on October 4, 1985
to zap Moshannon Valley 28-0.
The Bellwood-Antis offense included passing only occasionally during the
first part of 1985, although a 20-yard Don Park to Bill Burch pass was
good for the only score of the first half. Park threw for a season-high
86 yards against Mo Valley on a five-for-nine effort with no interceptions.
Shawn Bailey kicked the PAT following the Burch TD.
B-A took advantage of good field position to score three times in the
second half. Beginning at the MV-40, Bellwood-Antis pushed the pigskin
down the field for a third quarter score with just under five minutes
remaining. A Park to slotback Adam Claar pass for 24 yards, was the key
and Bob Noye bulled one yard for the TD.
Minutes later, Noye, who is the last Blue Devil to letter four years,
recovered a fumble and Bellwood-Antis went to work again. Jack Dorminy
scooted the final 14 yards to climax a five-play drive and when Mo Valley
failed to cover the holder on the PAT attempt, Adam Claar took advantage
to bolt for the 2-pt. PAT instead of the kick to increase the B-A lead
Midway through the fourth period, B-A took possession again, at the midfield
stripe for the final time.
Claar moved the sticks for one first down and Don Booker Moore
for two more, before Claar skipped in untouched on a 28-yard reverse.
Shawn Bailey kicked the PAT to set the final at 28-0 for the Blue Devils
of head coach John Hayes.
Booker Moore led B-A with 108 yards on 21 carries and Adam Claar added
54 on just six cracks and added three catches for 53 yards.
The Blue Devil defense showed that indeed they are human, on October
The D had a streak of 14 consecutive scoreless quarters broken
by Tussey Mountain, but had another typical game, despite the one score,
tackling Titan runners behind the line of scrimmage for losses totaling
33 yards and recovered three fumbles. Bellwood-Antis (3-1-1) upped their
win streak to three after a loss to Tyrone and tie with Penn Cambria to
begin the 1968 campaign.
The fumbles proved extremely costly to Tussey, because each of the three
Bellwood-Antis scores came after one of the mistakes.
Blue Devil senior Larry Wyland, fell on the first bobble, on the second
play of the game at the Tussey-28. Eight plays later, Chris Edmondson
banged in from the one for the touchdown and then added the one-point
rush for an 7-0 lead early.
One year later (1969), PATs changed, with two points awarded for running
or passing them in, and one point for kicking the ball through the uprights.
On the ensuing kickoff, Tussey Mountain fumbled again and Jeff Wilson
recovered for the Blue Devils at the Titan-42. A nine-play drive with
Gary Vandevander pushing it over from the two-yard line for the score.
Edmondsons rush made it 14-0 about as quickly as it took to describe
All the scores in this game followed fumbles as the Blue Devils couldnt
find the handle on the second-half kickoff and Tussey Mountain recovered
at the BA-30. The Titans took just two plays to snap the B-A defenses
14-quarter scoreless streak, going back to the fourth quarter of the season
opener with Tyrone.
Finally, Blue Devil Ralph Burkett pounced on a Tussey fumble at the TM-27
in the fourth quarter. Dan Davensizer, who earlier had a 70-yard TD run
nullified on a penalty, capped the scoring for the night with a one-yard
TD and Edmondson rushed for the final point for the Blue Devils of head
coach Chet Dillen.