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This Date in Blue Devil Football : October 12


Daily Herald Sports Editor

— Both the rain and the opponent started too late to spoil Homecoming on October 12, 1990, as Bellwood-Antis gunned down Northern Bedford 41-22. The Blue Devils built up a 41-0 advantage before the Panthers scored and the pre-game and halftime activities were over before the rain got to a “soaking” stage.

— Chris McCartney pulled down an interception to stop the opening drive by Northern Bedford and then in front of Homecoming Queen Kelly Schmidt and her Court, shifted quickly to offense, shredding the Northern line for a 49-yard TD romp.

— Following a punt, senior speedster Bo Lardieri outraced everybody for a 44-yard score, and Jamie Gummo added the second of five PAT kicks for a 14-0 lead.

— Karl Montanaro intercepted a NB pass, returning the pick 18 yards to midfield. McCartney dashed 19 yards on the first call and added a 28-yard touchdown jaunt three plays later. With 21 seconds to play in the opening quarter, B-A was up 21-0.

— In the second quarter, quarterback Jason Cornmesser found Lardieri for a 38-yard scoring strike and a 27-0 halftime lead.

— B-A came out smoking, with a quick score in the opening minutes of the third quarter. McCartney, who carried 13 times for 159 yards, scooted 23 yards on the first play, picked up a first down on a 13-yard scamper and then blasted 10 yards for his 16th TD of the year. Lardieri intercepted a NB pass and put the final touches to the win, running the ball back for a 58-yard TD.

— On October 12, 1985, tailback Don “Booker” Moore rushed for 148 yards on 20 carries, and scored two TDs, and slotback Adam Claar scored three times as unbeaten Bellwood-Antis (6-0) ripped Northern Bedford 36-14.

— On this Columbus Day, B-A drove 74 yards to score the opening TD in 10 plays. Key plays in the march were a 23-yard pass completion from quarterback Don Park to end Bill Burch, and Park’s fifth TD pass of the season to Claar for 25 yards.

— After a Jack Dorminy 58-yard TD was called back on a penalty, Claar nailed a punt 42 yards to the NB-8. The B-A defense held and forced a punt. Dorminy, who totaled 127 yards in kick returns in the game, returned this one to the NB-27. Moore ran twice for 12 yards and Claar once for a dozen yards, before Booker went in from the three for the score.

— Northern Bedford (5-1) suffering their second loss of the season, scored and added a two-point conversion to cut the B-A margin to 13-8 and appeared to be ready to make a game of it. Then the B-A defense stopped Northern for a yard loss in three plays and forced another punt, which Dorminy fielded and returned to the NB-20. Moore picked up seven yards, then Claar covered the rest on the following call and also added the two-point PAT, when Northern failed to cover the holder for a 21-8 lead for the John Hayes-coached Blue Devils.

— Northern Bedford tried to get back in the game by passing and Bob Noye intercepted a pass at midfield. The Blue Devils covered the distance on seven runs and a big pass from Park to senior tight end Rich Davinsizer for 13 yards and a first down. Claar scored a 23-yard TD on a double reverse. Its time, Northern watched everybody but the kicker, Shawn Bailey ran in the two-pointer. Bailey also booted a pair of PAT kicks in three tries.

— Again, Northern Bedford went to the air and again they paid the price. This time, after a short completion, Sean Riley laid a ferocious hit on the receiver, separating him from the ball with Ken Young recovering for B-A. Moore did most of the damage on this march, picking up 14 yards to move the sticks on the first play and scoring the 28-yard TD to end it.

— Moore, who would go on to set the B-A rushing standard until Josh Kleinfelter came along, with 1,653 yards in 1985, went over the 1,000-yard mark against the Panthers, through the first seven games of 1985.

— Prior to the home game with Mount Union on Saturday, October 12, 1946, the flagpole at Bellwood field was dedicated and the Bellwood Lions Club made a presentation of an American flag. An all-day rain caused slippery field conditions, but didn’t seem to bother or even slow down Bellwood-Antis a bit, as the Blue Devils passed and ran up and down the field as if conditions had been perfect in sinking Mount Union 46-0 for legendary B-A coach Lemont “Duke” Burkholder.

— Carries of eight yards by Ken Woodhall and 10 each by Ronnie Raugh and Roy Pickens set up the first tally, a 20-yard Td run by Woodhall, who took a lateral from Raugh for the score.

— A few minutes later, Woodhall returned a punt 20 yards o the Trojans-40. Pickens ran a reverse from his wingback position for a 25-yard gain. Raugh plowed through center for 10 yards, followed that with the five-yard TD and added the extra point kick.

— In the second quarter, Woodhall blasted 53 yards on the second play of the series, taking the ball to the MU-15. Pickens scored from there on the old “Statue of Liberty” play, and Raugh booted the PAT. Still in the second period, Raugh covered all 53 yards in six plays, including the four-yard score.

— Just before halftime, Bellwood-Antis made it three scores in the quarter. B-A junior lineman Harold “Buss” Carr covered a Mount Union fumble at the Trojans-45. Woodhall weaved through the line for a 30-yard pickup and four calls later added the TD on a three-yard pass to Paul Garrihan, who made a circus catch in the end zone for a 32-0 B-A lead.

— Pickens returned a punt to the BA-40 in the third quarter. Woodhall completed a 30-yard pass to Garrahan and Raugh covered the rest with gains of eight, seven and six yards, before blasting in for the one-yard score.

— Carr recovered his second fumble of the evening at the Blue Devils own 35 to set up the final tally. Woodhall, who leads all B-A passers with 44 career TD passes, fired a pass to Pickens, who lateraled to Raugh for a gain of 45 yards on the play, and then connected with Dick Thomas for the 20-yard TD. Raugh kicked extra points after both second-half touchdowns.

— Woodhall completed six of 11 passes for 108 yards and ran four times for another 111 yards. Raugh had 19 carries for 125 yards and Pickens carried three times for 55 yards. In a time when complete game stats were not always reported, all stats in this article are as authentic as possible, but not necessarily totally complete.

— One week earlier against Saxton-Liberty, Raugh had set a school record with six touchdowns and four extra points for 40 points in a 46-0 B-A win.

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