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When asked at halftime what he told his team following an explosive first half from both teams, Blue Devil coach John Hayes had one thing to say: “Play more defense!”  And his team responded, recording 4 second half sacks to hold the Hornet offense off in crucial drives giving the Blue Devils a 36-22 victory.

 

Bellewood started the electrifying and highlight filled first half. Following  a 51 yard return of the opening kickoff,  Tyler Campbell broke through the line on the first play and ran 45 yards to paydirt. The pat failed and Bellewood had a 6-0 lead. Juniata Valley would respond driving to the 13 of the Blue Devils but on 3rd down Joe DelGrosso sacked JV quarterback Seth Carper, who completed a 42 yard pass to Rick Musser on the drive,  setting up 4th and 19. The Hornets attempted a field goal but it was blocked.

 

Bellewood then drove the length of the field and from 1 yard out Campbell again found the endzone. The pat failed and Bellewood led 12-0 at the 3:25 mark in the first period.  It didnt last long. Ethan Morrison took the kickoff at the 20 and raced down the left sideline nearly untouched 80 yards. The pat was good cutting the Blue Devil lead to 12-7.  Following exchanged possessions Bellewood drove to the JV 8 but the Hornets held. Buddy Shaw kicked a 25 yard field goal to extend the Blue Devil lead to 15-7.

 

Juniata Valley responded quickly. Carper, who had over 200 yards passing on the night, hit Nick Gildea on 3rd down for a 32 yard gain. 3 plays later the two again connected with Glidea making a beautiful leaping catch just over the goal line for 6. The pat by Marvin Sommers was good cutting the lead of Bellewood to 15-14.  3 plays later Derek Denny hauled in a pass from Luke Evans then raced 48 yards to the endzone. The pat was good and at the break Bellewood held a 23-14 lead.

 

JV fumbled the second half kickoff and Bellewood recovered at the JV 31. 5 plays later Travis Taylor, 31 caries for 151 yards and tds for the night, bowled through the line from 3 yards out giving the Blue Devils a commanding 29-14 lead. The Hornets would not give up.

 

Following a sack of Carper by Jared Minori (2 1/2 sacks on the night) Carper again dropped back to pass and found Ethan Morrison over the middle for a 42 yard gain to the Blue Devil 10. Morrison then went in from 8. Carper found Gildea in the corner for the 2 point play and JV was back in it at 29-22. Juniata had several more drives but the Blue Devil Defense stiffened, sacking Carper 3 more times. Bellewood would close the scoring on a Taylor scamper for td.

 

“The folks here got there moneys worth, they saw a great game tonite.” Said Hayes following his teams hard fought victory

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WINGATE — The Bald Eagle Area football team is viewing each of their final games of the regular season as a playoff game. One hiccup in terms of wins and losses and the Eagles could be on the outside looking in.

Going into Friday night’s matchup with Centre County rival Penns Valley, the Eagles were holding onto a precarious eighth spot in the District Class AA rankings, 10 points ahead of Richland and 20 in front of Central.

 

If indeed the Eagles are in the playoff mode, they took one more step toward a possible berth in the District 6 Class AA tournament Friday night when they held off a stubborn Penns Valley Ram team for a hard-fought 41-28 win at Alumni Stadium.

 

“Tonight wasn’t exactly what I wanted to see,” said BEA head coach Jack Tobias. “We went up by something like 41-something at the half, but we just didn’t put them away. We are letting people hanging around and going into this part of the season, you just can’t afford to do that. We have to tighten some things up both offensively and defensively. We can’t continue to give up big plays, especially passes, and we just have to find a way to stop people.”

 

In addition to keeping their playoff hopes alive with the win, the Eagles also claimed possession of the Iron Bell trophy.

 

“That had a lot to do with this game tonight,” said Jack Tobias. “We had pictures all over the locker room from last year and at the end of the game, we weren’t holding the bell. We came up a little bit short last year and we wanted to make sure that it didn’t happen again this year. It was senior night and the guys stepped up to make some big plays when they had to. I am proud of every one of them. They have done an awesome job and I think this is the first time we have been five-hundred here at Bald Eagle at this stage of the season in a long time.”

 

As for the Rams (0-8), their focus was continuing to play hard and put a complete game together, something they haven’t quite been able to do thus far this season.

 

“We have made progress and as I said before, it is just not enough to get over the hump,” said Penns Valley head coach Marty Tobias. “We have been trying hard to put a complete game together and again tonight, we didn’t. The penalties and a couple of costly turnovers really set us back.”

 

But regardless of the final score, the Penns Valley coach liked what he saw from his team as far as improved play and staying in the game.

 

“I was really pleased with the resiliency of the kids and the way they kept fighting,” said Penns Valley head coach Marty Tobias. “We were able to put some points on the board which allowed us to stay close and get us out of the hole we dug for ourselves early in the game. They attacked the edges a couple of times, got us off balance in a couple of sequences and we had trouble containing their pass offense.”

 

Leading the Ram squad was the passing combination of quarterback Sam Snyder to wideout Kevin Montminy who hooked up eight times for 154 yards. On the ground, the Rams spread the wealth around as Austin Auman rushed for 54 yards, Snyder tossed in another 42 and Mike Owens chipped in with 34.

 

Although impressed with the Rams offensive output, Jack Tobias was most impressed with two-way Elliot Dillon.

 

“He (Dillon) did an outstanding job for them, especially on the defensive line,” said Tobias. “He got good penetration all night long and that took a lot of counters away from us. He just did a lot of things to disrupt a many of the things we do offensively. But overall, I have to give a lot of credit to them. They are 0-8, they are a young team and they just played a heckuva ball game. There are a lot of young guys on that team and I know that Marty (Tobias) will get them together and they will be a lot better next year.”

 

Offensively, Eagle quarterback Justin Taylor had a good night throwing the ball, completing 9-of-15 passes for 210 yards and a pair of scores. Kyle Womer caught four of Taylor’s aerials for 142 yards and one score, while Coleman Hoffman hauled in four passes for 40 yards and another Eagle TD.

 

“Those guys (Taylor and Womer) have been on all year long,” said the Eagle coach. “Kyle could have had a couple more there if we wouldn’t have tripped on one, but again, those guys have been real consistent for us all year long. They are both having a good year, they are seniors and I am just happy for them.”

 

Marty Tobias was impressed with the Eagles’ air attack.

 

“The Taylor kid throws a good ball and they have some good receivers,” said Marty Tobias. “They have been doing it all year and tonight, we just couldn’t stop them.”

 

When Taylor wasn’t throwing the ball to Womer, Hoffman and others, Cody Hicks provided a pair of strong legs to carry the ball eight times for 95 yards and three touchdowns.

 

“I don’t what coach Tobias had planned to do,” said Hicks about getting a few more touches. When I get the ball, I always run hard. We also have a lot of strong guys up front on the line and that makes it a lot easier to run the ball. As for playing for the bell, it is always nice to have something to play for in addition to winning the game.”

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Northern Lehigh’s defense forced six turnovers to lead the Bulldogs over Bangor 35-6 in a Colonial League match up Friday night.

 

Bangor had four interceptions and two lost fumbles.

 

Bangor head coach Frank Scagliotta said, “We picked the worst time to play like this.  There’s a difference between getting beat and losing. Tonight, we lost.”

 

In the first quarter Northern Lehigh’s running back Cody Remaley scored on a 46-yard run with 6:39 remaining in the first quarter.

 

They made it 14-0 when Dylan Hofmann hit Jake Kern for a 19-yard touchdown strike. Scott LaValva of Bangor would cut the lead on a six-yard touchdown run with 4:16 remaining in the first half.

 

With Northern Lehigh leading 14-6 at halftime they would dominate the scoreboard in the second half.

 

Matt Gill’s two-yard score put them up 21-6 in the third quarter.

 

They would get two more scores in the fourth quarter. Remaley scored on a seven-yard run and Kern added a 41-yard run on the fake punt that made it 35-6.

 

Kern ran for 94 of the 106 yards from the Wildcat formation in the second half. Remaley added 102 yards and two scores.

 

Northern Lehigh, the top team in District 11 AA travels to Catasauqua next Friday night. Bangor hosts Northwestern Lehigh.

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PHILADEPHIA - Going into last night’s game between St. Joe Prep and Roman Catholic, Prep head man, Gabe Infante made certain that Senior Jeff Heath was involved all night on both sides of the ball. “Jeff needs to always be on the field because all he does is make plays,” quipped Infante. That, he did by running for one touchdown, intercepting one pass, setting up another touchdown with a completed  halfback option pass and making 8 unassisted tackles in the Hawks 31-15 conquest over Roman Catholic in a Philadelphia Catholic league AAAA dual at Germantown High field.

 

The Hawks got things started on their first possession with a five-minute, 12 play, 65 yard drive ending with Heath’s five yard TD scamper. A couple of nice runs by Senior Mark Casale and a well timed 15 yard pitch and catch from Junior QB Skyler Mornhinweg to WR Paul McGann set up the score.

 

Prep continued their good fortune in the second quarter with another five minute drive and a costly Roman personal foul penalty culminating with Mornhinweg’s 13 yard touchdown pass to Senior Adrian Johnson.

 

Up 13-0, the Hawks scored again on the third play from scrimmage in the second half when Mornhinweg hit Johnson again for a 69 yard TD pass and a 21-0 lead.

 

After a Prep field goal and a 24-0 deficit, the Cahillites started to gather some momentum with their own six play drive highlighted by a Keir to sophomore William Fuller 28 yard pass and a Dennis Regan five yard touchdown run. Keir’s pass to Michael Boccelli for a two point conversion made the score 24-8.

 

In the beginning of the fourth quarter, any momentum Roman could muster was foiled when Prep Junior DL Luke Hutkin batted, then intercepted a Keir screen pass. The Hawks put the game away thereafter in four plays with a Casale 21 yard run, then Heath’s halfback option pass to Eric Medes to the Roman one. Mornhinweg completed the drive with a one yard TD run.

 

Mornhinweg was 7 of 14, had130 yards passing with two passing TD’s and one running. Johnson had both TD passes. Casale, unofficially had 57 well earned yards on 18 carries.

 

Infante was ecstatic with his team’s enthusiasm afterward and was not at a loss for words when asked about contributions. “The defense stepped up big time.”  Pointing to Junior LB Dan Mancini, “The kid is a little undersized but makes play after play. He’s got a huge motor.”  Guys like Hutkin, McGann, Phil Riehl and Frank Fanto were instrumental in our game plan. These kids make my job easier.”  As for Mornhinweg, Infante’s reaction was candid. “What more can I say. Skyler is the leader of this team and does more than what the stats provide. He takes a pounding every week and bounces back. He never complains.”

 

The Hawks (losers in four of their first five and with one of the most difficult out of conference schedules behind them) have won three straight and are 2-1 in conference and a date looming with rival and top state ranked LaSalle next week.

 

Roman, who is finished with conference play, figures to be a serious force come playoff time.  “Roman has a great team and a very efficient coaching staff” said Infante. “We very well may see them in the playoffs.  No one looks forward to playing them.”

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COAL TOWNSHIP – Shamokin was 4-0 at home going into this game. That streak ended as Danville (8-0) got a kickoff return for a score and three Ironmen ran for touchdowns as Danville claimed its first league championship in more than a decade with a 55-7 win.

 

With the win they ended Selinsgrove’s two-year reign in the Division I of the Heartland Conference. The last time they won a league crown was 1999.

 

Danville’s head coach Jim Keiser said, “They’re excited about this. They got a championship under their belt. But it’s not their main goal. They want to win a district championship and see how far they can go in states.”

 

The Ironmen had all phases of their game going last night.

 

In the first half Danville’s Junior quarterback Andrew Andreychik completed only four of five passes for 133 yards. But the four passes went for touchdowns.

 

Three of the touchdown passes went to wide receiver Mikael Owens-Wright. The other one went to wide receiver Garrett Llewellyn.

 

They also got a 90-yard kickoff return from Anthony Sori and touchdown runs by Sori, Russell Heath and Eric Haney.

 

Shamokin head coach Dan Foor said, “I said it all along. Danville has no weakness.”

 

The first quarter the Ironmen jumped out to a 14-0 lead. The first score was a 56-yard touchdown pass from Andreychick to Owens-Wright.

 

The second was setup when Russell Heath intercepted a pass by Shamokin quarterback Leon Supsic. The drive would only take one play when Andreychik threw a prefect pass to Owens-Wright for a 21-yard touchdown pass.

 

Shamokin’s Supsic scored on a one-yard run on the first play of the second quarter cutting the lead to 14-7.

 

The Ironmen would score two more times right before halftime. Andreyhcik would throw two touchdowns. Llewellyn caught a 17-yard strike and Owens-Wright 40-yarder made it 28-7 at the half.

 

Andreychik talked about his wide receiver, “With Mike out there, I don’t know if anyone can cover him.”

 

Sori’s 90-yard kickoff return in the second half added to their lead. A two-yard score by Sori would put the mercy rule into effect.

 

Heath and Eric Haney scored Danville’s final two scores on runs of four and 31 yards.

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SCRANTON, PA - Abington Heights (8-0) sits atop the Lackawanna Football Conference Division 1 all alone after their, 62-14, rout of West Scranton. The Comets have now outscored West Scranton, 158-34, over the course of their last three meetings.

 

Abington Heights’ rushing attack of James Fruehan and Paul Gallagher accounted for six touchdowns. Fruehan rushed for 180 yards on 13 carries (3 TDs) and Gallagher compiled 76 stripes on 13 attempts (3 TDs). Joe Repshis’ crew totaled 471 yards of offense tonight. The Comets now have North Pocono (5-3) in their sights for next Saturday’s tilt.

 

West Scranton (6-2) has won their previous six games since losing their season opener to Riverside, 32-19. Invaders quarterback Tyler Hughes passed for 152 yards on 13 of 29. Hughes also ran for close to 100 yards. Next week, West Scranton travels to Valley View to take on the Cougars (5-2) on Friday. Valley View has a short week as they will be in action tomorrow when they take on Scranton Prep at 1:30 p.m.

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BRODHEADSVILLE – Pleasant Valley (7-1) hosted the two-time defending Mountain Valley Conference champion East Stroudsburg South on Friday night. The Bears Rob Getz hauled in a 13-yard touchdown pass with 18 seconds left to lift Pleasant Valley over East Stroudsburg South, 40-35.

 

A wild first quarter saw Cavs quarterback Mike Carmella score on a 48-yard touchdown run. After a Pleasant Valley turnover on the kickoff, Carmella would throw a strike to Matt Walters for the 22-yard score with 8:37 remaining. The Cavs led 14-0.The Bears Dekimbe Smith’s five-yard score cut the lead into half.

 

The Bears Rich Irving scored to tie the game up at 14. But the Cavs Kyshoen Jarrett’s five-yard touchdown put them up 21-14.

 

East Stroudsburg went into halftime with a 21-14 lead after both teams missed field goal attempts late in the half.

 

The Bears would tie the game up at 21 on a Derrik Walling to Rob Getz 11-yard touchdown pass.

 

After a missed field goal by the Cavs, Pleasant Valley got the ball back. With 1:04 remaining in the third quarter Dekimbe Smith’s one-yard plunged put the Bears up 28-21.

 

The Cavs looked like they were going to pull out the win early in the fourth quarter. Collin Hegarty caught a 41-yard touchdown pass that tied the game up at 28 and he had a 59-yard touchdown run with 7:22 remaining. The Cavs led 35-28.

 

The Bears fought back and drove 65-yard on 13-plays. They converted on two fourth downs during this drive. Dekimbe Smith finished the drive with a three-yard touchdown run to pull within one point. They went for a two-point conversion that went incomplete.

 

After the Bears got the ball back by stopping East Stroudsburg South on fourth-and-one, Walling drove the Bears down to the Cavs 23 with 43 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. But a holding call would push the Bears back and left them with a 3rd down and 26. Walling found Getz for the 28-yard completion and the first down.

 

Two plays later he would connect with Getz in the back of the end zone for the game winning 13-yard touchdown pass.

 

Getz said, “We just had to get the job done. We got down the field and we just know what to do in those situations.”

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