Date in Blue Devil Football
Daily Herald Sports Editor
Bellwood-Antis unleashed a relentless ground attack by pounding out 454
yards rushing including seven touchdowns to defeat Claysburg-Kimmel 48-0
on October 18, 1980.
This was the Blue Devils largest scoring output since a 53-30 win
over Williamsburg in 1973.
Everybody took turns in the spotlight. Steve Walker tallied twice on runs
of 74 and four yards, with Jim Dorminy adding a pair of TDs on dashes
of 43 and 22 yards. Sophomore John Youngkin scored on a 25 yard jaunt
and picked up 124 yards from scrimmage on just four carries. Todd Bookhamer
had a one-yard plunge and Albert Dillen scored on a 12 yarder to round
out the scoring for B-A.
Dave DiRoma kicked five successful extra points and sophomore Wally Rossi
kicked one through the uprights. Steve Walker, who became the first 1,000-yard
rusher at Bellwood-Antis since 1963 with 184 carries for 1,079 yards,
had 155 yards against Claysburg on 11 carries and Dorminy added 82 yards
on just five carries for head coach John Hayes, who was in his first season
at Bellwood-Antis. Hayes coaching staff in his rookie season included
Port Williams, Pat Finochio and Ken Peterson, with Darrell Claar and Todd
Guyer coaching the Blue Devil junior high team.
On October 18, 1952,
Bellwood-Antis (6-0) defeated Captain Jack Joint High School of Mount
Union 34-7. This was the Blue Devils 32nd straight game without a loss
with the only blemish a 7-7 tie with Hollidaysburg in late 1949 during
At home for the second of four straight games at Bellwood Memorial Stadium,
the Blue Devils wasted very little time in scoring on a two-play drive
for the first tally. Albert Chub Dillen broke loose for a
45-yard scamper to the CJ-20. Dean Rossi then skirted left end for the
20-yard touchdown and Don Clark added the PAT kick.
Later in the first quarter, B-A marched to the Trojan-22. Then Chub Dillen
tossed a pass to his brother Bob Dillen for the TD. Bob had taken over
for Don Garman, who was injured in the Huntingdon game and was out for
Captain Jack put up their only score of the game marching 63 yards for
the score. The PAT was added on a drop-kick, a lost art today that was
common in the early years of the 1900s when the ball was fatter and rounder.
Literally, the ball was dropped from arms level and kicked the instant
it rebounded off the ground.
The Blue devils increased their lead in the third quarter when junior
right end Wayne Campbell blocked a Captain Jack punt, picked up the ball
and raced 55 yards for a TD. Don ClarkÕs PAT kick upped the score to 20-7.
In the fourth quarter, Bellwood-Antis added two more scores. First, Chub
Dillen lateraled to Bob Bilka, who handed off to Don Clark, who fired
a pass to Dean Campbell for a 20-yard TD.
Clark took a handoff from Dillen for an 18-yard score for the final TD.
Clark booted PATs after both fourth-quarter scores for coach Earl Strohms
Bellwood-Antis was involved in the only forfeit in the schools history
on October 18, 1947.
The forfeit came about because of the opposing coachs displeasure
with calls made by the officials and came early in the fourth quarter
with Bellwood-Antis leading Greenfield Township of Claysburg 13-7 with
eight minutes to play.
B-A took the opening kickoff and quickly covered 70 yards in eight plays
for a touchdown, aided by a 15-yard Greenfield penalty on the first play
of the series.
Gerry Treese hit the center of the line for a dozen yards and senior end
Harold Pete Gleichert rambled 15 and 16 yards on consecutive
reverses from Roy Pickens. Both Treese and Pickens were juniors. Treese
blasted over for the TD from a yard out and Bob Sitman booted the PAT.
Leading 7-0 at halftime, Bellwood-Antis kicked off to begin the third
quarter. After the B-A defense forced the Bulldogs to punt, Pickens went
around right end on the first play, got into the open, evaded the Greenfield
safety and scooted 70 yards for a TD.
Greenfield Township scored on a 15-yard TD rush at the end of the third
quarter and added the extra point to cut the Blue Devil lead to 13-7.
To start the final quarter, Greenfield Township kicked off to Bellwood-Antis.
On the second down play, senior fullback Harry Campbell passed to Pickens,
who according to officials snapped the ball back to Bob Sitman, who scampered
55 yards to the Bulldogs-30. (This was the disputed play.)
Pickens hit left tackle for nine yards, just missing a first down by inches.
Campbell moved the sticks for a first down with a three-yard pickup. Pickens
again followed through left tackle for 13 yards for a first down at the
At this point the Claysburg team was pulled off the field by head coach
Morris Quint with about eight minutes left in the game. Quints contention
was that the second part of the Campbell to Pickens to Sitman play had
not been backward as ruled by the officials and was an illegal second
The protest was made after three plays had elapsed and the officials refused
to reverse their original call. Coach Quint at first said his squad would
continue with the game under protest, then after returning to the field
from the locker room informed the officials that by unanimous vote his
players and coaches had decided not to continue the game. The officials
then declared the game a forfeit with Bellwood-Antis (6-1) a 1-0 victor
under head coach Duke Burkholder.