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This Date in Blue Devil Football : November 2


Daily Herald Sports Editor

— Bellwood-Antis defeated Glendale 37-14 on November 2 to complete the 1984 football season for coach John Hayes.

— The Blue Devils scored on their first drive moving 73 yards in 11 plays and was capped by a one-yard plunge by Jim Woodring, who carried 15 times for 54 yards and scored a pair of TDs. Still in the opening quarter, Bellwood-Antis tailback Don “Booker” Moore scored on a three-yard crack that was set up by a 48-yard pass play from quarterback Paul Caracciolo to Steve Miller that put the ball at the Viking-2. Caracciolo completed four of 14 passes for 131 yards with one TD and one interception.

— With five minutes left in the half, Miller boomed 34-yard field goal. In the closing minute of the second quarter, Caracciolo found Miller all alone for a 43-yard TD pass.

— In the third quarter, Moore added a 33-yard jaunt after Glendale got on the board with two TDs.

— Woodring capped the scoring in the final quarter blasting in for his second TD from three yards away.

— Miller caught two passes for 91 yards and one touchdown, booted four of five extra points and a field goal that at the time was a school record for distance.

— This game was covered by Sports Correspondent Bob Miller, but never appeared in the newspaper. There was no Saturday, Nov. 3, 1984, or Monday Nov. 5, 1984 Daily Herald published due to problems with the presses and by Tuesday, it was determined to be news too old to include.

— After a three-game losing skid, Bellwood-Antis (5-3-1) finally put all the pieces together on November 2, 1974 to post their fifth win and sixth defensive shutout of the season (including a 0-0 tie with Penn Cambria) to defeat Claysburg-Kimmel 26-0. With only a date a week later against undefeated Portage, this win assured the Blue Devils of coach Mike Hoffer and assistants Steve Hayes and Darrell Claar, a winning record.

— Welcoming veteran quarterback Gary Hribik back to the lineup after two weeks off with an injury, the Blue Devils punched in a score in each quarter, with hard-running fullback Jerry Taylor scoring every one and Hribik firing a two-point conversion pass to fellow senior Joe DelGrosso to complete the scoring.

— B-A asserted themselves early scoring on their first offensive series, going 55 yards for the score. Hribik tossed a 34-yard pass to Joe Orolin for the big play and Taylor bulled in for the one-yard touchdown.

— In the second quarter, after thwarting a Bulldog threat that carried to the BA-25, Bellwood-Antis promptly turned around and drove 75 yards for a score.

— Taylor, who finished the game with 135 yards on 32 carries, had his number called on all but one play in the drive. That one play was a pass from Hribik to Orolin that covered 21 yards. Taylor dove in from the one and Hribik hit DelGrosso with the two-pointer.

— B-A drove 65 yards following a Claysburg-Kimmel punt in nine plays for their third-quarter score. Hribik, who completed eight of 16 pass attempts for 156 yards, kept the drive alive with completions of 34 yards to Tom Jackson and an important 15-yard connection on fourth down to Orolin that moved the sticks for a first down. Taylor bolted the final five yards for the TD.

— The gritty Blue Devil defense stopped Claysburg-Kimmel once again after the Bulldogs had driven to the BA-20 in the fourth quarter. Once again, the Bellwood-Antis offense took over for the “D” to drive the distance down the field for their final tally of the game.

— Taylor carries 10 times, including the final six yards for the TD.

— Football victories had been coming pretty easily for Bellwood-Antis back in 1951, but on November 2, 1951, Hollidaysburg gave the Blue Devils all they could handle before succumbing 12-6 for Bellwood-Antis’ 26th straight win over a three-year period. The game was played on Friday on a waterlogged Hollidaysburg football field. Hollidaysburg actually did score a second touchdown late in the game, but it was called back on a penalty. The Golden Tigers were detected having 12 men on the field nullifying the TD.

— Don Roth circled end for a five-yard score that capped a long 90-yard march in the second quarter.

— Hollidaysburg countered with their only score of the game in the third quarter to temporarily knot the game at 6-6.

— Roth went around end again in the fourth quarter for 25 yards to climax a 68-yard drive for the game-winner.

— B-A Coach Earl Strohm and assistant coaches Wally Fields and George Guyer finished the 1951 season 10-0 but lost the Inter-County Conference championship game to undefeated Beaverdale 14-7. Beaverdale had outscored all opposition 283-6 during the regular season.

— This was the third game in the BA-Hollidaysburg series with the two schools tying 7-7 in 1949 and Bellwood-Antis shutting out the Tigers 24-0 in 1950.

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