Date in Blue Devil Football
Daily Herald Sports Editor
Bellwood-Antis was simply too much for Mount Union on Friday, October
when the Blue Devils blitzed Mount Union 49-0 at Bellwood Memorial Stadium
for coach John Hayes.
Dave Miller led the Bellwood-Antis ground attack with 126 yards and five
touchdowns on just 13 carries and added three pass receptions for another
74 yards. Matt Garner chipped in 82 yards and one TD on 15 carries and
had one catch for 11 yards.
The Blue Devil defense picked off four Mount Union passes and held the
Trojans to 46 yards rushing on 29 carries.
Brian Shura intercepted a Mount Union pass in the first quarter at the
MU-45. Miller blasted 27 yards on the first two plays and scored the two-yard
TD several plays later. Twin brother Chris Miller kicked the first of
four PAT boots. A series later Garner picked up 13 on the opening play
and then Miller got loose in the secondary for a 61-yard score. Still
in the first quarter, Chuck Benton, who completed six of ten passes for
170 yards, found Shura for a 57-yard pass play and Miller scored his third
TD from four yards out.
Bellwood-Antis had outscored six opponents 97-0 in the first quarter at
that point. In the second quarter, Jeff Hostler intercepted a pass at
the BA-48. Benton hit Miller out of the backfield for a 36-yard gain,
and Garner took it in for a three-yard score.
Miller added a pair of one-yard touchdowns to round out a five-TD first
half. Key plays in the first Miller score were an 11-yard runs by Garner
and Tyson Weiand, and a 12-yarder by Troy Beaver. The second began after
an interception by Garner and a 33-yard completion from Benton to Miller.
Bellwood-Antis put the only score of the second half on the board with
2:33 left in the final stanza. Sophomore Adam Plummer came up with the
fourth pick of the game and returned it 29 yards to the BA-44. Duane Ehredt
took an inside handoff, burst through the line and raced 56 yards for
the final tally. Dan Graham booted the PAT.
Bellwood-Antis (4-2) got back on track after back-to-back losses to Williamsburg
(12-7) and Mount Union (28-20) with a solid 26-6 triumph over Moshannon
valley on October 6, 1989
for head coach John Hayes.
Friday night was the Knights Homecoming, but two things severely dampened
the spirit at Houtzdale that night. One was a rain the fell throughout
most of the game. The second was Bellwood-Antis rambling for 324 yards
and a 20-point win.
The B-A defense limited Moshannon valley to 121 yards rushing and 173
total, far from the 280 they had been averaging.
On two of their first three series, Mo Valley was stopped by an interception
by Brad Snyder and a fumble recovery by Karl Montanaro.
The Blue Devils got on the board on a 79-yard drive after the opening
kickoff. Chris McCartney ripped off 11 yards to begin, Bo Lardieri scooted
for 19 on two calls, then eluded several tacklers and sprinted 48 yards
for the touchdown.
Then B-A drove 74 yards in 13 plays Mike Coulter passing to Lardieri for
seven yards to cap the march for a 12-0 B-A lead.
Following the Montanaro recovery at the MV-40, Gordy Darnell blasted 35
yards, before Lardieri added his third score of the half going 16 yards
on a revers.
The final score came early in the second half, with B-A covering 69 yards.
A Coulter-to-Lardieri pass netted 16 yards and McCartney zipped 26 yards
and then plunged one yard for the score. Chuck Renney added the two-point
conversion on a shovel pass from Coulter.
Mo Valley scored with just 29 seconds left in the third quarter and the
fourth quarter was scoreless, although the B-A reserves drove to the MV-12
before running out of steam.
Bellwood-Antis tacked on win number five on Saturday, October 6, 1951
when the Blue Devils rolled over Saxton-Liberty 39-12. This was their
21st straight game without a loss, going back to a 14-0 loss to Dubois
in 1949, and included a 7-7 tie with Hollidaysburg late in 1949. B-A was
coached by Earl Strohm, who took over in 1949, when Lemont Duke
Burkholder left the Blue Devils after seven years after compiling a 65-13-2
Under Strohm, who was an assistant in 47 and 48 before taking
over in 1949, Bellwood-Antis was 24-1-1 at that point and would finish
37-4-1 during the four years Strohm was the head coach of the Blue Devils
before he left to take a teaching and coaching position at Altoona.
In the first road game of the season, after four straight games at Bellwood
Memorial Stadium, the Blue Devils Don Roth lit the spark with an 85-yard
return of the opening kick and then scored twice more on end-around plays
of six yards in the second quarter and 12 yards in the third stanza to
help fuel the fire.
In the first quarter, Wayne Corey wedged through the middle for a two-yard
score. Don Garman caught a 15-yard pass for a six-pointer in the second
quarter and Don Clark romped 38 yards around left end in the fourth quarter
for the final score. Pat Benedetto added three extra point kicks.
Saxton-Liberty, today part of the Tussey Mountain School District, along
with Robertsdale and Broadtop-Defiance, became the only team to score
two TD on the B-A defense until undefeated and unscored on Beaverdale
scored twice to nip Bellwood-Antis 14-7 in the Inter-County Conference
playoff at the end of the 1951 season.
B-A cheerleaders in 1951, included: Faye Moore, Mary Ann Moore, Beverly
Evans, Emma Grace Estep and Perdeta Yohn.
On October 5, 1951, a full course spaghetti dinner was served to members
of the Blue Devil football team, coaches, managers and cheerleaders at
the St. Joseph Catholic Church. The meal was sponsored by John Rossi and
Michael Bungo of the Bellwood Garage, and Leonard and Ernest Rossi of
the Rossi Airport Service Station at Tipton.