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November 13th

By BOB MILLER
Daily Herald Sports Editor

On November 13, 1999, Bellwood-Antis rushed past a previously undefeated Windber team 36-20 in the District 5/6-A playoffs at Windber for coach John Hayes.
With only back-to-back losses to Double-A schools Tyrone and Penns Valley, Bellwood-Antis won for the ninth straight time. B-A fell behind 7-0, but rallied to take a 21-7 lead into the halftime intermission.
Joel Focht got the Blue Devils moving with a 25-yard punt return to the W-27 after the B-A defense stuffed the Ramblers, with the help of an eight-yard quarterback sack by Tom Kovac. Joe Bagley slammed in for the one-yard TD to slice the Windber lead to 7-6.
Scoring on back-to-back series in the second quarter, Bellwood-Antis took a lead they would keep. First Matt Garner, who led all runners with 186 yards on 22 carries opened the series with an 18-yard scamper. Travis Martin found Steve Cogan for 27 yards on a pass and Garner motored 11 more. Dave Miller, who finished with 137 yards on 21 totes scored the six-yard TD and Martin and Cogan teamed up for the two-point PAT pass and a 14-7 lead.
The Blue Devil defense stopped Windber at the BA-1, and the offense turned that into a 99-yard march for another score.
Miller gave B-A some breathing room with 11 yards in two plays and later added 14 more to the BA-28. Garner covered the final 72 yards in one play, racing down the left sideline and dragging a would-be tackler into the end zone with him for the score.
After Windber closed the score to 21-14 in the third quarter, Garner ran the kickoff 39 yards out to the BA-45, then scooted 16 more to open the series. Miller matched that with 16 yards of his own and capped the seven play drive with the seven-yard TD. Martin passed to Garner for the two-point conversion, with Matt making a leaping catch in the corner of the end zone for a 29-14 advantage.
Each team would score once more. Miller ended the Ramblers next drive with a pass interception that he returned 29 yards for a TD, his second pick for a score in two weeks of playoffs.

On November 13, 1965, Bellwood-Antis turned the ball over to junior running back John Graham against Northern Bedford and Graham responded with a total of six touchdowns in a 53-7 rout over the Panthers.
Denny Campbell passed to senior classmate Jim Decker for a 36-yard score to open the scoring and Campbell rushed for the PAT.
Later in the first period, junior Jim Bloomfield blocked a Northern punt and Graham scored a 13-yard TD to notch his first score.
Lightning struck quickly then as Jack Russin scooped up a Panther fumble on the ensuing kickoff and raced 33 yards for the third of four opening quarter tallies.
Bloomfield blocked his second punt of the quarter and fell on the ball at the NB-6. On the first call from scrimmage, Graham bolted in for the TD and Campbell ran for the PAT.
In the second quarter, Graham went around right end for 16 yards and a TD and then tossed a 13-yard pass to Dave Campbell for another score.
After a B-A fumble recovery set up the final score of the half, Graham galloped 39 yards for the score, and a Campbell to Decker pass added the extra point.
B-A scored one final time in the fourth quarter when Graham threw a six-yard touchdown pass to senior Drew Hunter and followed that up by rushing for the PAT. Graham ran 13 times for 125 yards and completed five of six passes for another 106 yards for head coach Chet Dillen.

Playing in his last high school game, Roy Pickens stole the show in a 31-7 Bellwood-Antis victory over Beaverdale on November 13, 1948 for head coach Duke Burkholder.
Pickens, a senior halfback, returned the opening kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown practically before the chilled fans had a chance to sit down.
Beaverdale came back to score a TD and add the extra point to take a 7-6 lead.
In the second quarter, Len Hummel ran back a partially blocked punt to the Beavers’ 20 yard line. From that point, Pickens faked a handoff to Gene “Mouse” Moore, and circled left end for a 20-yard score and a 12-7 B-A lead. The third quarter produced a single score when Moore took a short pass from Pickens and turned it into a 20-yard TD. Pickens added PAT.
Pickens stopped a Beaverdale threat with a sensational interception at the BA-3, and the Blue Devils turned around and drove 97 yards for a back-breaking score. Consecutive passes from Pickens to Ira Hummel for gains of 20 and 45 yards took the ball to the Beavers-5. Pickens then crashed off guard on a spinner play for the five yards and his third TD of the night.
Finally, Moore made an acrobatic grab of an almost uncatchable pass from Pickens for the final score of the evening.
Pickens was the first of just two backs at Bellwood-Antis to compile 1,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards passing.

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