Date in Blue Devil Football
Daily Herald Sports Editor
On Saturday, October 27, 1990,
Juniata Valley tried to get in a little trick and treating, but Bellwood-Antis
refused to allow a slow start to hurt themselves, swatting the Hornets
Bellwood-Antis took advantage of a fumble recover by B-A lineman Gerald
Whitaker at the JV-21 early in the first quarter. Quarterback Jason Cornmesser
hooked up with slotback Bo Lardieri behind the Valley secondary for a
17-yard touchdown pass and a 6-0 lead.
Juniata valley then took over seven minutes off the clock to score the
tying TD on a long 18-play drive.
The B-A defense made an adjustment however, and led by Chris Himes, Andy
Mock, Gabe McClellan, Gerald Whitaker, Jamie Gummo and Chris Holes, Juniata
Valley was limited to just 56 total yards for the rest of the contest.
The Blue Devils lit the scoreboard up two more times before halftime.
First, Chris McCartney, who in the summer of 1991 would become the only
B-A athlete to participate in the Big 33 Game at Hershey, dashed 43 yards
for a touchdown and the McCartney capped an eight-play march scoring from
three-yards out. Key plays in the second drive was an 11-yard gain by
Lardieri, which pushed Lardieri past the 1,000-yard career rushing mark
and a 13-yard scamper by McCartney, who a week later against Bedford would
go over the 3,000-yard rushing mark. McCartney held the B-A career rushing
mark until present senior Josh Kleinfelter, who need 104 yards to pass
the 5,000-yard mark this week, raced by McCartney as a junior.
A shanked punt and personal foul penalty gave Bellwood-Antis the ball
at the JV-12 in the third quarter and McCartney carried all four times,
including the two-yard TD.
Juniata Valley punted to the BA-27, and the Blue Devil offense took over
there. McCartney, who rushed 24 times for 239 yards, broke through the
right side of the line and outraced his pursuit for 73 yards and his fourth
tally of the afternoon and 22nd of the season. McCartney had three 200-yard
rushing games, and would add number 4 a week later in the regular season
finale against Bedford. Only Kleinfelter who got his seventh against Moshannon
Valley last week has more at B-A.
On Saturday, October 27, 1984,
Bellwood-Antis outgunned Juniata Valley 56-20. It was an unusually warm
late October day, that featured back-to-back kickoff returns for touchdowns
and three TDs scored in just 26 seconds. The game featured 85 yards in
one half and a total of 100 yards in penalties for Bellwood-Antis, and
the return for the first time in five games of Jimmy Woodring. Though
it was nearly Halloween, the afternoon game drew sweat from the fans in
the bright sun. (Or at least from one correspondent anyway, who sat outside
of the pressbox and enjoyed the game and the afternoon in the sun.)
Obviously, Juniata Valley didnt pay much attention to the Blue Devils
newspaper clippings, with Bellwood-Antis clinging to a 21-20 at halftime.
Bellwood-Antis struck early when Don Booker Moore scored from
the JV-three and stead Steve Miller booted the PAT.
Hornet returner Mike Smith, present-day head coach at Juniata Valley,
then a member of the team, motored 95 yards for a score on the ensuing
kickoff. Bellwood-Antis sophomore Adam Claar quickly countered that score
by blasting 82 yards with Juniata Valleys kickoff for a touchdown.
In the second half, it was a completely different story, with the B-A
defense holding Juniata Valley scoreless and the Blue Devils offense tacking
on five TDs to complete the victory for head coach John Hayes in his third
year at B-A.
Woodring scored on runs of three, 16 and four yards finishing with 12
carries for 102 yards, while Moore added 11 and 18-yard TDs and gained
160 yards on 19 carries, his fifth straight 100-yard effort. Paul Caracciolo
completed four of eight passes for 47 yards and scored on a one-yard keeper.
Moore led the way for Bellwood-Antis, who finished 8-2 in 1984, with 8-5
yards, and Woodring (497), Adam Claar (415) and Mark Halbedl (403) all
rushed for more than 400 yards. Caracciolo completed 31 of 67 passes for
661 yards, with 10 interceptions and eight TDs after taking over signal
calling in the third game of the year. Steve Miller, a two-way lineman
as a junior, moved out to tight end to lead the receiving corps with 17
catches for what was then a school-record 454 yards. Miller scored eight
TDs and kicked two field goals and 37 PATs for 91 points to become the
first end to lead Bellwood-Antis in scoring since Arlis Art
Claar in 1944.
Bellwood-Antis scored a trio of touchdowns before Central could finally
dent the Blue Devils end zone on Saturday, October 27, 1961
at Roaring Spring. The Blue Devils traded touchdowns with the Scarlet
Dragons after those first two scores to post a 19-6 for head coach Chet
Dillen and assistant Bob Fowler.
The first TD came on a Johnny Moffa one-yard touchdown that capped a 13-play,
65-yard drive. Moffa also had the big play during the march, a 20-yard
scamper that moved the pigskin from midfield to the C-30.
Sophomore Bill Cherry switched with Fred Swoboda from fullback to halfback
and set up the Blue Devils second score. Cherry romped 55 yards to the
Dragons-22. Two plays later, Moffa dashed 22 yards for the score and Cherry
ran in the extra point.
Following an exchange of punts in the fourth quarter, an interception
put the ball in the Blue Devils hands at the Central-25. Four plays
later, Moffa crashed over from the one to put Bellwood-Antis in front
Central recovered a fumble at the BA-20 late in the game and pushed in
their solo touchdown after a seven-play series. Moffa carried for 141
yards on 27 totes, and Cherry added 122 yards on 11 carries.