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Bellwood-Antis celebrates Homecoming with big win over Bulldogs

GAME THREE B-A Blue Devils: 47 Claysburg-Kimmel Bulldogs: 0 Friday, September 17, 2010 • Memorial Field • Bellwood, Pennsylvania

By Bob Miller | Daily Herald Sports Editor

— Bellwood-Antis celebrated Homecoming on the field at halftime at Bellwood Memorial Stadium on Friday evening. In the first quarter, the Blue Devils did their best to make sure the game would be decided by halftime. The Blue Devils scored four times in the opening quarter, including one by the defense and then snowballed to a 47-0 win over Claysburg-Kimmel. — Claysburg-Kimmel falls to 1-2 and, although the Bulldogs never quit trying, stopped running or hitting hard with several key players out due to injury, just couldn’t keep up with Bellwood-Antis. — The C-K Bulldogs won the coin toss and elected to receive. — Bellwood-Antis held the Bulldogs to three and out and then marched 62 yards for their first score. Luke Evans found senior wide out Derek Denny open down the middle for a gain of 20 yards, and Tyler Beech bulled up the middle for 14 yards on the next play and the Blue Devils drove for the score. Evans capped the 10-play drive with a one-yard quarterback sneak for the touchdown and a 6-0 B-A lead with 5:59 remaining in the quarter. — On the next Claysburg offensive series, James Dodson went back to pass on third and four, and Dan Noye picked off the attempt and returned the pigskin 40 yards for the touchdown, the second straight week Noye has returned an interception for a score. Buddy Shaw kicked his first of three PATs for a 13-0 B-A lead. — The Bulldogs then returned to a disturbing pattern, similar to last week’s loss to Tussey Mountain, getting caught up by their own mistakes. Immediately following the kickoff after the interception return, Claysburg-Kimmel was guilty of a penalty that moved them back and stalled the drive. — Bellwood-Antis took just three plays following the Claysburg punt to score, with Evans finding tight end Jared Minori for a 42-yard pass play that upped the Blue Devil lead to 20-0 with Shaw’s extra point boot. — “Those (mistakes) are tough, especially against a team like Bellwood,” said Claysburg-Kimmel coach Joe Kitt. “You can’t give them turnovers like that, because they will take advantage of it every time, like good teams do. And it did, it hurt’s you, takes field position away from you. It seemed like we were pinned back deep in our territory the whole first half. It was tough to try and move the ball out of there.” — A punt that netted just seven yards set up Bellwood-Antis at the CK-25 and led to the final score of the quarter. Bellwood-Antis, who would use 11 ballcarriers before the game was over, got two runs from Travis Taylor for 11 yards and then Tyler Beech slanted over the right side and bulled 14 yards for the TD. — Bellwood-Antis slowed down, putting one TD on the scoreboard in each of the final three quarters, while the B-A defense limited Claysburg-Kimmel to a total of 38 yards rushing on 22 carries and one pass completion for just two yards in 13 tries. — “We worked on a lot of things not knowing exactly what the situation was, and the kids played well, we were able to execute some of the things we worked on for this week, we played pretty solid.” reflected Bellwood-Antis coach John Hayes. “I realize that Claysburg had a couple of their better kids out. ItÕs tough at any level when that happens.” — Claysburg-Kimmel showed some life at the end of the opening quarter and into the start of the second. Dodson rain for nine yards on a keeper on the final play of the first quarter that doubled the Bulldogs total offense to that point. Then on the first call of the second quarter, Zach Helsel picked up CK’s initial first down, bulling four yards to move the sticks. Two plays later, it was Dodson scooting for 10 yards and another first down. An incomplete pass and three runs that netted only five yards followed and the Blue Devils took over at their own 35. — B-A turned around and drove 65 yards for a score with Travis Taylor, who led all runners with 77 yards on a dozen carries, scoring on a 17-yard jaunt around the left side. — “We had a lot of young kids out there without much varsity experience, and I told them at the end of the game that I was proud of them and the way they played,” said Coach Kitt. “We had some guys out tonight, and the situation with our depth. I’m not using that as an excuse, but we were proud of the way our young players performed tonight.” — In the third quarter, Bellwood-Antis marched 60 yards with the third-quarter kickoff to score. When two plays on the ground netted only four yards, Evans hooked up with Denny again for 32 yards and a first down at the CK-29. Dan Noye picked up half the distance with a 12-yard gain, and Evans found Minori for the seven-yard touchdown. Evans completed six of eight passes for 124 yards and two TDs overall. — With the Bellwood-Antis junior varsity in the game, the final score came midway through the fourth quarter despite a 10-yard Blue Devil penalty that brought back what would have been a 28-yard Andrew DeGol touchdown. Instead, three plays later Tyler McNelis went over the left side and scored from 26 yards out. Tyler Campbell kicked the PAT. — “Both teams played hard,” said Coach Hayes. “Fortunately we had enough good things happen that we were able to get some points and get the clock moving and play some of our young kids. I was really pleased that some of our younger kids made some really nice plays. It was the first chance they had to do that, and some of them really came through well.”

Homecoming 2010: Marisa Lombardo was crowned 2010 Bellwood-Antis Homecoming Queen at halftime, by 2009 Homecoming Queen Alyssa Davis.

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