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This Date in Blue Devil Football : September 12

By BOB MILLER

Daily Herald Sports Editor


— Bellwood-Antis scored a pair of late TDs on September 12, 1997 to pull away from Bishop Guilfoyle 20-7.

— The Marauders scored in the first quarter and the Blue Devils tied the score in the second for a 7-7 draw at the half.

— Jeremy Guyer, who led all rushers with 173 yards on 31 carries, had his number called three times for 41 yards to lead a second-quarter drive and B-A quarterback Matt Miller found tight end Zack Fay behind the Marauder defenders for a 23-yard TD pass. Tim Noonan’s PAT tied the score.

— Junior cornerback Tim Tyler had a hand in setting up both fourth-quarter scores for the Blue Devils.

— With the game-clock beginning to run down, Bishop Guilfoyle began to take to the air to try and get the lead. Tyler stepped in front of a Marauder pass attempt and returned the pick 31 yards to the BG-15. Guyer had his number called all four times, including the two-yard TD for a 13-7 advantage.

— Minutes later, it was Tyler to the rescue again, intercepting a pass at midfield and returning it to the BG-14. Guyer sealed the win with a nine-yard TD rush and Noonan’s PAT kick made it 20-7.

— Bellwood-Antis under coach John Hayes was 10-3 in 1997, winning the District VI-A title and losing to eventual state champ Sharpsville in the PIAA Western Semifinal on a field goal in the waning seconds, 17-15.


— A crowd of nearly 4,000 witnessed the Blue Devils game against Tyrone at Gray Field on September 12, 1952. Bellwood-Antis won for the 27th consecutive time without a loss, turning the Eagles away 19-0.

— In an eight o’clock start, the Blue Devils jumped on a Tyrone fumble on the second play of the game to get things started. Five plays later, sophomore fullback Albert “Chub” Dillen slipped in from the one to jump start the B-A “Main Line Express.” Dillen also had a 15-yard gain during the series.

— Still in the opening quarter, Don Clark recovered a Tyrone fumble at the Eagles-20. Three plays later, Dillen hooked up with senior end Dean Campbell with a jump pass for eight yards and the Blue Devils’ second TD. Clark circled right end for the PAT and a 13-0 advantage.

— Tyrone mounted one serious scoring threat in the first half, marching to the BA-10 before again coughing up the football on another fumble.

— In the third quarter, Jim Fetterman intercepted a Tyrone pass at the Eagles-25. Clark fired a jump pass to Campbell that took the ball to the T-2. From there, Dillen bucked over the right side for his second TD of the night.

— Tyrone drove to the B-A 25 late in the fourth quarter, but lost the ball on downs.


— Bellwood-Antis opened the 1942 season with Bigler Township on September 12, 1942. With World War II raging, B-A head coach Bob Killen, faculty manager Charles Hetrick and assistant football coach and head basketball coach Lew Myers all were lost to the school while serving in the armed forces.

— New head coach Lemont “Duke” Burkholder began his tenure at Bellwood-Antis with a 25-7 victory over Bigler. Burkholder would coach at Bellwood from 1942 through the 1948 season and compiled an overall 55-13-2 mark before going on to coach and teach at Dubois High School. After a 5-5 mark in 1942, Burkholder went 50-8-2 from 1943 to 1948.

— The Blue Devils blocked two Township punts and both led to touchdowns which contributed greatly to the victory.

— Bellwood-Antis marched to the Bigler-17, but lost the ball on a fumble. The Blue Devils held and forced a punt, which the B-A defense blocked. Mike Rodgers raced around end for the first score.

— In the second quarter, Bigler fumbled and the Blue Devils recovered. Joe Garman swept around end on the first play for the six-pointer and then added the PAT kick.

— Midway through the third period, after Bellwood-Antis converted three successive first downs, Steve Hatfield, one of the best all-around athletes ever from Bellwood, rambled for another score. Later in that same period, the Blue Devil defense blocked their second punt and recovered at the Bigler-30.

— Dale Wolfkill finished off the scoring for Bellwood-Antis by scooting in for the touchdown. Bigler added their only score in the fourth quarter to set the final tally.

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