Bellwood-Antis blitzes Black Knights in first half
GAME SIX B-A Blue Devils: 53 Moshannon Valley Black Knights: 6 Friday, October 8, 2010 • Memorial Field • Bellwood , Pennsylvania
By Bob Miller | Daily Herald Sports Editor
— Moshannon Valley became the latest team to find out quickly about the Bellwood-Antis Blue Devils quick-strike potential. In just one quarter and five seconds of the second stanza, Bellwood-Antis had scored four touchdowns while running a grand total of just eight plays from scrimmage. Big plays afforded the Blue Devils a quick start at Bellwood Memorial Stadium against the Black Knights of head coach Murray Fetzer in the 53-6 B-A victory that gave the Blue Devils their fifth straight victory after opening the 2010 season with a 36-13 loss at Tyrone. — Moshannon Valley took the opening kickoff and moved 11 yards in two plays for the initial first down of the evening, then the Bellwood-Antis defense forced the Knights to run their next 22 first-half plays for a net 10 yards. — Meanwhile, the Blue Devils forced the first of eight punts for Moshannon on the night and took over at the BA-45. Dan Noye took a Jet Series hand off from quarterback Luke Evans around the left side and raced 45 yards on his only carry of the game to the MV-10. Andrew DeGol burst eight yards and Travis Taylor went off the left side behind Josh Gongloff and Jared Minori untouched into the end zone for his first of three touchdowns. Buddy Shaw kicked his first of five extra points. — Bellwood-Antis stopped Moshannon valley again and this time, Andrew DeGol returned the kick 29 yards to the MV-14. Tyler Beech, who later was injured and never returned, sliced off the left side for 14 yards and the TD on the very first play. — Noye returned the second punt 19 yards to the BA-43. This time, it was Taylor motoring 57 yards on the first play for the Blue Devils third score of the quarter. — Mo Valley failed to move the sticks and Shaw put the Blue Devils at the MV-20 after a 47-yard run-back. Two Black Knight penalties moved the ball to the MV five where Evans found tight end Minori in the end zone for a TD pass. — The B-A varsity scored once more in the first half with DeGol blasting 13 yards for a first down on the opening call of the series and then Taylor, who led all runners with 114 yards and three TDs on just 10 carries, moved the sticks with a 14-yard pickup. He then finished up the five-play, 47-yard drive with an 11-yard TD. — Moshannon Valley lost their leading rusher, Derek Southern, in the second quarter when he was injured and did not return. Southern had rushed for 749 yards on 88 carries, but had been held to just seven yards in five carries by the Blue Devil defense before the injury. — The Black Knights have lost several key players due to serious injury during the season, including leading tackler Tyler Martin, who broke his leg in three places in the Knights win over Tussey Mountain last week. — “We’re playing four sophomores, four juniors and only three seniors,” explained Coach Fetzer. “We will have our entire backfield and a couple of our key receivers back next year. We are very young, and it is a learning experience. We hope to compete, but tonight we were overmatched. Bellwood-Antis is simply a better team in all facets of the game. We have guys who are stepping up and making the effort, but we needed to play flawless football against a team like Bellwood-Antis.” — The junior varsity got into the act, driving 50 yards in 13 plays at the end of the second quarter, with Tyler Campbell scoring on a two-yard blast. — “Big plays were key, and the line did a terrific job coming off the ball. They created space for all our running backs,” reported Bellwood-Antis coach John Hayes. “The lines are generally the last to come together, to jell, and work as a unit, and tonight they did.” — After the varsity began the third quarter and drove 60 yards for a score, with Campbell plunging one yard for his second touchdown of the game, the junior varsity played the rest of the game on offense and most of the time on defense as well for Bellwood-Antis. — Moshannon Valley put together their one long drive of the game to score on a five-yard touchdown by Dylan Ludwig on the first play of the fourth quarter. — The B-A reserves put one more score in the book when Hayden DeGennaro ran six yards for a score to cap the 38-yard march. The mercy rule kept the clock running the entire second half, and the final nine minutes of the game went scoreless. — “We got to play a lot of people tonight, to help us develop more depth,” said Hayes. “That’s important. It’s a big plus for the kids and four our future. We have a couple tough ballgames coming up and we were real pleased to get a lot of people in. We still have a lot of work this week for Glendale.” — The Blue Devils (5-1) travel to Glendale next Friday and then host Juniata Valley on Oct. 22. Valley’s Hornets (6-0) defeated Glendale (4-2) 28-20 this week.