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Special teams, long drives key Bellwood-Antis victory

GAME SEVEN B-A Blue Devils: 41 Glendale Vikings: 14 Friday, October 15, 2010 • Flinton, Pennsylvania

By Bob Miller | Daily Herald Sports Editor

— Prior to the game at Flinton, Bellwood-Antis coach John Hayes would have been very pleased to see his defense give up just 14 points to Glendale’s spread offense and multi-talented quarterback Tyler Jenny and his corps of excellent wide receivers. — On Friday evening, the Blue Devil defense held Jenny and company to two scores and 14 points. Even though Jenny was responsible for both touchdown plays, it was with his feet, not his arm. B-A bent with Jenny completing 19 of 44 passes for 186 yards, but no touchdowns. The Blue Devils intercepted two passes and never broke in a 41-14 victory. Bellwood-Antis used special teams early and ball-control in the second half to secure the victory. — The Blue Devils won the coin toss and chose to kick off to begin the game. Glendale was forced to punt on their first series after a three-downs-and-out. — Buddy Shaw saw that Glendale was staying well away from the punted ball, picked it up and returned the kick 42 yards to the G-18. Two runs by Travis Taylor netted nine yards, and a five-yard B-A penalty knocked the ball back to the G-18 where Luke Evans hit Tyler Campbell on a short route. Campbell turned the play into a touchdown, and Shaw booted the first of three extra points. — Glendale picked up a pair of first downs on the next series, a 12-yard pass completion from Jenny to Brandon Bickford and a 19-yard run by Damon Braniff, but ended up punting the ball again. — Starting from the G-40 Taylor, who finished with 144 yards on 25 carries, had his number called three straight plays for 20 yards, Two plays later, Evans hooked up with Jared Minori for 18 yards and his second TD pass of the quarter. — Glendale then drove 62 yards in 11 plays, highlighted by pass completions of 24 and 11 yards from Jenny to Luke Westover, who had eight catches for 89 yards and went over the 1,000-yard mark in pass receptions for his career at Glendale. Jenny covered the final three yards for the score, and Mitch Gedman booted the PAT to slice the B-A lead to 14-7. — That score was negated on the very next play, however, when Blue Devil freshman Casey Gray fielded the kickoff at his own-17 and raced up the sideline for 83 yards and the third TD of the game for Bellwood-Antis. The kick failed but Bellwood-Antis led 20-7 practically as quickly as it took to describe it. — The two schools then traded touchdowns, with Jenny scoring on a four-yard smash and Shaw covering eight yards with 3:33 to play before halftime. Evans passed to Minori for a two-point conversion that gave the visitors a 28-14 lead. — “Special team plays are something that you work at and hope for, but there’s no guarantee—but they certainly came up big tonight. Buddy took a chance, he made a big play,” said Hayes. “Dare to be great sometimes. That was a great start after we held them the first series. To get that field position and to get a quick score in was good. And when they scored, to be able to come back with that kickoff return… that was huge. All that work that they (Glendale) did was negated in about 14 seconds. Special teams have been good for us all year, and tonight they played a big part.” — Bellwood-Antis showed that the best defense was to keep the Glendale offense on the bench. The Blue Devils took the second-half kickoff and erased almost eight minutes off the game clock with a 13-play, 75-yard march down the field that ended on an eight-yard touchdown run by Taylor. The series was keyed by a 17-yard completion from Evans, who completed four of six passes to Minori for 85 yards and two TDs without an interception, and a 24-yard run by Evans for another first down. — The B-A defense limited Glendale to just four plays from scrimmage in the entire third quarter. While Glendale was moving the ball down the field on Jenny’s arm, the Bellwood-Antis defense stiffened in the red zone and denied the Vikings any additional points after the second quarter. — B-A added one more score in the fourth quarter, taking another five minutes plus off the clock and once again putting a touchdown on the board. A 31-yard scamper by Taylor and three carries by Tyler Campbell for 18 yards highlighted the 75-yard drive, with Taylor scoring his second TD of the night and 12th of the season on a one-yard plunge. Shaw capped the evening’s scoring with the PAT kick. — “Our kickoff coverage was real good, making them use a big field,” said Hayes. “On offense, we were satisfied to get the gains and keep plowing away and wear them down. Certainly you have to score. Luke came through with some nice passes—we got some guys open and he got the ball to them. — “The defensive guys did a great job and played for four quarters. They (Glendale) are pretty good, and are extremely dangerous. Whatever yards they got, it was huge to hold them out of the end zone. If you would have asked me before the game if we would hold them to two touchdowns, I would have been extremely satisfied.”

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