Blue Devils use shortfield early to rout Everett
GAME TWO B-A Blue Devils: 43 Everett Warriors: 0 Friday, September 10, 2010 • Memorial Field • Bellwood, Pennsylvania
By Bob Miller | Daily Herald Sports Editor
— What a difference a short field can make! — Opening the home portion of their schedule, Bellwood-Antis took advantage of good field position to score a pair of first-quarter touchdowns and then ran and passed their way to a 43-0 triumph over Everett at Bellwood Memorial Stadium on Friday evening. — “Those first two scores made all the difference,” said Everett coach Tom Waltman. “That one short series, we had a couple plays to make but we just couldn’t finish. You can’t do that against a team like Bellwood, ’cause they are going to finish. We’ve got to learn to finish better. — After each team was unsuccessful on their first series from scrimmage, Bellwood-Antis began from the Everett-28, as a result of a kick that ended up traveling two yards. — With B-A quarterback Lucas Evans in the shotgun, he handed off three straight times on Jet sweeps to tailback Travis Taylor, who picked up 12 yards, 13 yards and then the three-yard touchdown. Everett failed to cover on the extra point attempt and Tyler Beech walked in for the two-points and a quick 8-0 lead. — One series later, the Blue Devils had the ball on the E-38. Twice more, Taylor had his number called for a total of 22 yards. After a five-yard penalty against Everett, Dan Noye got the ball on a reverse, and raced around the left side for an 11-yard TD. Buddy Shaw booted the first of five PATs and the advantage was 15-0. — While Bellwood-Antis was establishing a potent ground game that would total 35 rushes for 291 yards, Evans started to air it out. The senior quarterback connected with Beech for gains of seven and 26, and Derek Denny for nine, before finding tight end Jared Minori for a 30-yard TD pass in the second quarter. One series later, Taylor scooted 13 yards and two plays later, Evans put the ball in Taylor’s gut, then took it back and scooted 13 yards. Noye ran 28 yards and then grabbed a pass from Evans to complete the 84-yardseven-play drive with a 33-yard TD catch. — “The opening drive we were able to come off the ball well and the kids were alert. We made some mistakes, but it’s a work in progress. We made mistakes, but the kids played with a lot of excitement,” explained Bellwood-Antis coach John Hayes. “That’s what we were looking for, to rebound after last week (a 36-13 loss to Backyard Brawl rival Tyrone), to get out there and get after it again.” — Bellwood-Antis scored again on the first series of the third quarter, after sophomore Tyler Campbell returned the second-half kick 25 yards, and once in the fourth quarter, when Noye, who scored three times in three different ways, returned an interception 66 yards for the final score of the ballgame. — “Dan is a very talented kid, he’s a tough kid—he’s not a big kid, but talented through and through. The pick return was really special. He has good speed and he got behind the secondary on the pass, which was what we were hoping for,” said Hayes, “and the reverse was just the way we drew it up.” — Taylor, who rushed 14 times for 153 yards, personally took care of the third-quarter TD, opening the short two-play drive with an 11-yard pickup for a first down, and then raced 40 yards for his second TD of the night. — “We have seven new starters on both sides of the football. They are good kids and they are going to come together,” said Coach Waltman. “It just happened we started out with Glendale and Bellwood and next week we play Northern Bedford. Sometimes kids take time to grow up in this game. They are getting some good experience. Hopefully what they learned the last two weeks, they can take and put it all together come up with a good game for this coming week.” — Evans, in addition to running the Blue Devils new offensive formation from the shotgun, heated up as the game went on, completing seven of eight passes in the game for 133 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. Derek Denny had three receptions for 37 yards, Minori had one for 30, Noye one for 33 and Beech two for 33, to give the Blue Devils four receivers with at least 30 receiving yards. — Tyler Morral and Thadeus Mitchell recovered fumbles for Everett.