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WINGATE — For the first half of Friday night’s football game between Bald Eagle Area and Juniata, the contest was there for the taking by either team with the Indians holding onto a slim 14-7 lead.



However, during the final 24 minutes of the game, you could color it Red & White as the Indians went on the warpath to score 20 unanswered points for a 34-7 win over the Eagles on BEA Homecoming Night 2011 at Alumni Stadium.



The Indians had a number of injuries to key personnel in the first five games, but with the Tribe now healthy and shooting for the playoffs, they let their intentions be known by taking care of business.



“This is the very first game this year we have been able to play with all 31 of our players,” said Juniata head coach Gary Klingensmith. “I think as the game went on, we were able to just wear them down. These kids are so full of fight and they just keep fighting and fighting for the whole game. We were able to keep coming at them and generally, I felt we were able to wear them down, especially in the second half.”



As for where the 4-2 record might lead the Indians, Klingensmith is hoping it will be into the post-season playoffs.



“They are fighting for a playoff spot and maybe a win or two more will allow us to get there,” he said. “Our defense has really come around the past few weeks and maybe the biggest improvement in the team is with our pass defense.”



One of the big reasons for the Juniata dominance in the second half was the outstanding play by nose tackle Dustin Burd as he spent a lot of time in the Eagle backfield during the 24 minutes.



“Everybody is playing so hard and it is just great to get a win like this one,” said Burd. “It is not just one person, but one hundred percent everybody on this team making it possible to win games like this one. It is just so much fun playing with these guys.”



When asked how he was able to get into the Eagle backfield so many times during the game, Burd said, “You just have to stare down the ball, and when that ball goes, you have to go hard with it. That is the only way to play the game of football.“



Ticketed as Wild Bill Hickock by coach Klingensmith, Burd enjoys the handle and plays hard to live up to the billing of the Old West cowboy.



“I had to look him (Hickock) up on the internet,” chuckled Burd when asked if he knew who Wild Bill was, “but now I know who he was. They (his teammates) put it on the back of my practice jersey, but make no mistake about it, I am not the only Wild Bill up there because we have a bunch of Wild Bills on this team.”



Klingensmith likes what he is seeing from his senior nose tackle.



“Dustin Burd is one of the best 60-minute players I have ever coached,” praised Klingensmith. “He is always putting pressure on the quarterback and making big plays for us. I just can’t say enough about him.”



While Burd and Company were wreaking havoc on the BEA offense, tailback Neil Bodley showed he was healthy and ready to go as he rushed for 126 yards and a pair of touchdowns.



Although the game lasted 48 minutes of clock time, BEA head coach Jack Tobias could probably see some of the handwriting on the wall right from the outset of the game as the Eagles constantly shot themselves in the foot during the first half.



Missed assignments, a pair of lost fumbles and seven penalties for 44 yards in the first half were the primary reasons for the slow start by the Eagles. However, despite the multitude of mistakes, the Eagles only found themselves down by seven points at the break.



“I just told the guys that they have to play four quarters of football and they didn’t do that tonight,” said Tobias. “Without looking I would guess that our penalty yardage probably outweighed our other yardage for the game. You can’t win football games when you have that many penalties. On our first drive, I think the one penalty flipped the field around by 30 yards. You just can’t make mistakes like that and win football games.



Bodley gave the Indians the initial lead in the game with a 2-yard run midway through the opening quarter, but Nate Sharkey returned the favor for the Eagles five minutes into the second period when he bolted in from nine yards out. Tyler Schall’s PAT made it 7-6 BEA, but that was the final time the Eagles held the lead in the game.



When a team scores in the final minute or two before halftime, it usually spells trouble for their opponent and that was the case as Adam Goshorn scored his first of two touchdowns with 1:12 left in the opening half. Goshorn rushed for the two-point conversion and the Indians took their 14-7 lead to the locker room at the break.



“We had a miscue at the end of the half that put us in a bad position and they wound up scoring as a result of it,” said Tobias. “You can’t make mistakes in critical situations and that is what really hurt us tonight.”



With the Eagle offense spitting and sputtering for the second half, the Indians dominated the final two quarters of the game by scoring 20 unanswered points when Marc Zearfus hauled in an 8-yard scoring aerial from quarterback Colton Shertzer, Goshorn ripped off a 51-yard jaunt to the house and after starting the scoring in the game, Bodley capped it when he covered the final nine yards midway through the final period for the game’s final score.



Although unhappy with the second half and the final score, Tobias felt his troops went toe-to-toe with the Indians early in the game.



“Early on I thought we played great with them,” said Tobias. “We were physical with them and I thought the guys up front went right after them. But our problem was that offensively we put ourselves in bad positions and didn’t respond to the opportunities. But the bottom line is that you can’t make as many mistakes as we did tonight and expect to win football games. It just isn’t going to happen.”



Juniata (4-2) 6 8 7 13 — 34



BEA (2-4) 0 7 0 0 — 7



First Quarter



JUN — Neil Bodley 2 run (kick failed)(6:33)



Second Quarter



BEA — Nate Sharkey 9 run (Tyler Schall kick)(7:07)



JUN — Adam Goshorn 10 run (Goshorn rush)(1:12



Third Quarter



JUN — Marc Zearfus 8 pass from Colton Shertzer. (Chad Eberle kick)(1:31



Fourth Quarter



JUN — Goshorn 51 run (kick failed)(10:22)



JUN — Bodley 9 run. (Eberle kick)(6:45)



Team Statistics JUN BEA



First Downs 15 11



Rushes-Yards 47-295 29-86



Passing Yards 61 99



Passing 3-12-0 10-18-1



Fumbles-Lost 0-0 2-2



Penalties-Yards 7-55 11-96



Individual Statistics






JUN: Neil Bodley 18-126, 2 TDs; Adam Goshorn 8-77, 2 TDs; Cody Saner 8-46, Scott Sneath 1-12, Dakota McNemar 2-11, Devin Renninger 2-9, Josh Newcamp 2-5, Skyler Welfley 1-5, Dakhota Sweitzer 1-4, Colton Shertzer 4-0.



BEA: Cody Ripka 7-49, Nate Sharkey 7-25, 1 TD; Matt Dillon 6-18, Seth Holt 4-18, Dion Barnard 1-3, Cole Long 4-minus 27.






JUN: Colton Shertzer 3-10-0, 61 yards, 1 TD; Chad Eberle 0-2.



BEA: Cole Long 10-18-1, 93 yards.






JUN: Adam Goshorn 1-41, Chad Eberle 1-12, Mark Zearfus, 1-8, 1 TD.



BEA: Cody Ripka 4-29, Matt Dillon 3-28, Dylan Womer 1-20, Jordan Kobularcik 1-13, Jeff Koleno 1-9.

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Defense wins championships is how the saying goes and tonight proved that for Delco Christian. After what might have been a good drive for the Lions, Tyler Winkis came up big with a pick to put Delco up 6-0. Moore and Monaghan looked good early on for the Knights but got snuffed by the Lions D.



That is when things got interesting. A fumble by Lance Gifford led to Delco Christian regaining the ball. Again a spotty run game for Delco Christian led to a quick drive and change of possession. Shutting down Robin Choi for the Knights was not a problem for Winkis and Haskins, forcing a Lions punt. Andrew Crisanti added his own offense by hitting a 40 yard field goal and that made the score 16-0.



Usually a force on offense, Sam Tascone returned a punt for a touchdown, but only after Mike Monaghan leveled a Lower Moreland defender to create ample space for Tascone to score. After that it was a lot of back and forth with a few mental lapses by Lance Gifford and the Lions receivers which could have led to scores for Lower Moreland High School. Choi would strike gold for the Lions however after he returned a Crisanti punt in the 4th to make the score 16-6. After some good defense and a Gator Grim Interception with a minute and a half left in the game, the Knights improved to 5-0 on the season.



Thoughts and prayers  go out to Ray Winkis, who has been in a very long struggle with cancer.

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Folsom, Pa., The Garnet Valley Jaguars (D1, AAAA, Central League) withstood a furious Ridley (D1, AAAA, Central League) rally sealing it with Joe Taulane’s late interception off of Matt Davis to insure a tightly fought 21-19 victory over the Green Raiders and a 5-0 conference start at Phil Marion field. Ridley failed on a two point conversion try with 1:46 left to tie the game prior to Taulane’s pick.



Garnet Valley scored after Sam Gilbert recovered a surprise onside kick at the Raider 48 to open the game. They went on a ten play drive and junior quarterback Ryan Corkery took it in from four yards and a  7-0 lead. Ridley could not provide much offense in the first half and were limited to only three first downs by intermission.



The Raiders started to show some life when junior Shane Dougherty recovered a Jaguar fumble in the end zone on the second play of the second half for a touchdown and a 7-7 tie. On their next series, quarterback  Davis started to warm up by hitting three completions for 40 yards and junior Mike Crowley gave the Raiders their first lead at 13-7 with his four yard touchdown run.



Most teams that lose leads at Marion usually get steamrolled by the momentum Ridley brings at their home field. However this day was different and Garnet went right back to work scoring seven plays later for the lead with Corkery’s 19 yard scamper followed by his 34 yard touchdown pass to Rockne Oleary. The first play seemed to set up the second when Corkery directed a quick no huddle play that caught Ridley off guard after his run.



At the six minute mark of the fourth quarter a Ridley defensive back bit on a fake and Corkery found Jules Raucci all alone deep down the middle of the field. Raucci hauled in the pass and glided into the end zone 74 yards later in what appeared to break the Green Raiders backs and an eight point lead. Ridley bounced right back when  Davis and company marched 68 yards in four plus minutes with Davis connecting on passes of 20,27,8 and finally a 16 yard touchdown strike to Crowley. Down 21-19, Ridley went for two but the snap to Davis in the shotgun was high causing him to lose his balance and fall on the ball. Finally with 1:46 left, the Raiders recovered an onside kick but Taulane’s pick down by the end zone closed out the affair.



Jaguar head coach Mike Ricci seemed pleased after winning their last two games here at Marion over Ridley. “We still have a lot of work to do. The thing that impresses me is that we’re winning games without playing our best football”.



Garnet Valley ran a high tempo offense the entire night and exclusively ran the no huddle in the fourth quarter which at times threw Ridley off.  Corkery rushed for 97 yards on 23 carries and operated the wing T and weak back, strong back scheme to perfection. Justin Pyle added 88 yards on 24 carries. For Ridley, Davis was 12 for 22 for 183 yards one touchdown and one interception for the Green Raiders. The passing attack for Ridley will be one to contend with as they have a couple of very adequate receivers (Crowley and Mike Smoluk) and a power runner in Jalen Randolph. The Jags held Randolph to 25 yards in 12 carries. James Brown had a ton of tackles and an interception in a losing effort.



Garnet Valley rises to 5-1 and will host Penncrest next week. Ridley falls to 4-2 and will be home again against Strath Haven.



Scoring by Quarters



1st Quarter



Garnet Valley- Justin Pyle- 4 yard run- PAT- Brandon Dowd- 8:20



2nd Quarter



No Scoring



3rd Quarter



Ridley- Shane Dougherty- fumble recovery in End Zone- PAT- Kelton Heverly- 1: 14



Ridley- Mike Crowley- 4 yard run- Kick no good- 8:12



Garnet Valley- Rockne Oleary- 34 pass from Ryan Corkery- PAT- Brandon Dowd- 5:54



4th Quarter



Garnet Valley-Jules Raucci- 74 pass from Ryan Corkery- PAT- Brandon Dowd- 6:32



Ridley- Mike Crowley- 16 pass from Matt Davis- 2 PT CON- Failed- 1:46

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BLOOMSBURG, PA: Week six of high school football in the PA Heartland Conference presented a battle of unbeaten teams, with Bloomsburg (4-0, AA, HAC-III) hosting Southern Columbia (5-0, A, HAC-II). The Panthers touted a potent, albeit largely untested, offense featuring Rutgers recruit, Blake Rankin. The Tigers brought some potency of their own to Redman Stadium, in the form of what coach Goerge Curry has dubbed “The Three-Headed Monster,” running backs Tyler Levan, Matt Moore and Casey Savitski. The performance of of one or the other of these very different offensive schemes would determine the course and outcome of the game.



The Panthers had the initial possession and went straight to their bread-and-butter. Four passing plays in-a-row netted them 14 yards and an interception by Southern defensive back, Kieth Day. The turn-over resulted in a short field for the Tigers and the opening score. Levan had a 31-yard run and the one yard TD. The PAT kick bounced off the collegiate goal-post, leaving the score 6 – 0.



The Panthers got the ball back and threw their way into Tiger territory, where Rankin called his own number. He went untouched 28 yards for the score, and the PAT made it 7 – 6 in favor of Bloomsburg. It would be their only lead of the night. Southern recaptured the lead following some accurate passing by Brad Fegley, and gutsy running by Moore for 32, nine and two yards to set up the 1st-and-goal. Savitski punched it into the endzone and SoCo went for two – Fegley rolled right and hit TE Jamie Slotterback to put them up 14 – 7.



At this point Bloomsburg implemented what would be their only form of variety on the night, Rankin running the ball instead of throwing. He rushed his way to mid-field then threw strikes to Tanner Thrush of 23 yards, and John Klingerman of 18 and the touchdown. The score was knotted at 14 with 10:52 in the second quarter, and it looked like another shoot-out was on tap for the Tigers.



Looks can be deceiving though, and the next minute and 32 seconds would see Panther hopes quickly deflated… First, Fegley clipped off 26 yards to the Bloomsburg 40. Then, he threw a strike to a speeding Moore for the touchdown. After the ensuing kick return, Ranking attempted a pass to Klingerman which went through his hands and deflected off his shoulder-pads into the waiting arms of Keith Day. The result was a 1st-and-10 for the Tigers at mid-field. Moore got the call, hit the hole hard, broke tackles, broke loose and went the distance for a 50 yard TD. Before the Panthers knew what hit them, it was 28 – 14.



From there the defense began to stiffen and the rout was on. For the remainder of the half the Panthers went three-and-out or worse on every series, and lost a total of 29 yards. Sacks were registered by Kyle Zigarski, Tom Schetroma, Cameron Flore, Fegley and Moore. Southern got to the red-zone on a 36-yard pass to Jake Becker, but a fumble by Savitski gave the Panthers new life. It didn’t last long, though. On the very next play, Day timed his read, and got his third pick of the night, and a 1st-and-goal at the eight. Levan took it home from there for a 34 – 14 score. Before half-time the defense earned the Tigers very good field position and Fegley capitalized with a 20-yard toss to Day to extend the lead to 41 – 14.



Coach Roth only kept his starters in for two series of the second half. That resulted in a 7-play, 61-yard drive, and a 6-play, 72-yard drive. Moore capped the first possession with a 10-yard sweep for the score, and Savitski racked-up 58 yards and a TD on the second. In all, Moore ran only seven times, but compiled 122 yards and two rushing TD’s along with his 40-yard TD catch. Savitski and Levan each had 92 yards and 2 TD’s on 13 carries (talk about a balanced attack). The Tigers kept the ball on the ground the entire second half, so Fegley’s passing was limited to seven receptions in seven attempts for 122 yards and two scores in the first half of play.



The Panthers added one score each in the 3rd & 4th quarters on a one-yard dive by Rankin, and a nine-yard pass to Klingerman. Then they also put the reserves in for some valuable experience in the fourth. Southern’s reserves added two more scores in the final period. Adam Feudale banged-out 44 yards on two carries. Sophomore, Mitch Stanziale, rumbled for a 15-yard TD. Then sophomore, Cody Pavlick, registered an interception for SoCo’s final possession. This time, Matt Lupold (soph.) clipped-off 14 for a 1st-and-goal, and former Panther, Taylor Young completed the scoring with a three-yard keeper and the resounding 67 – 27 final tally.



BLOOMSBURG(4-1) travels to Hughesville(2-4) next Friday night to take on a faltering Spartan team. They close-out their season with Warrior Run(4-2), Danville(5-1) and Central Columbia(2-4). They cannot afford to take any of these teams lightly if they hope to make a very tight District IV AA play-off field. They will have to regroup from this loss and focus on fundamentals as their season is likely to not include any more cakewalks. Rankin was 15 of 26 passing (58%) for 145 yards and two TD’s, but with three interceptions.  Ricky Klingerman added 33 yards on 2 receptions out of five attempts and another INT. They were limited to 76 total yards of rushing.



SOUTHERN COLUMBIA(6-0) hosts Danville(5-1) next week. They won’t be allowed to celebrate their most recent victory for long. Sloppy and lack-luster play resulted in a loss to the Ironmen last season. Coach Roth believes that should have left a bad taste in their mouths and a hunger for revenge. The Tigers will need to refocus for the task ahead, keep executing on offense, and continue the improvements on defense if they want to stay undefeated going into the post-season. Loyalsock, Mount Carmel and Selinsgrove are still on deck, and the single A field in the eastern half of the state is daunting to say the least. Southern amassed 427 yards and eight TD’s on the ground, plus 122 yards and two TD’s  through the air.  Fegely was 100% accurate with his passing and had the lone run of 26 yards. Moore led the night rushing with 7 carries/122 yds./2 TD’s (17.4 yds./carry) and the 40-yard TD catch.

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PEN ARGYL – Both teams came into Saturday’s game with a 5-0 record and the winner of this game would stay on top of the Colonial league with undefeated Bangor.



In this defensive battle it was Pen Argyl’s Zach Miller who came up with a big play late in the fourth quarter. Miller stopped Trevor Yashur on a fake punt as the Green Knights held on for a 14-8 win over Northern Lehigh at Alumni Stadium.



Northern Lehigh’s opening drive ended when quarterback Dylan Hofmann over shot his target and Kyle Muller came up with the interception.



Pen Argyl struck first, driving 72-yards on 15-plays for the score. Off the turnover the Green Knights used their big line to pound the ball. Dylan Evans scored on a fourth down play going in for the one-yard score. The extra point was no good and Pen Argyl led 6-0.



Northern Lehigh answered the Green Knights scoring drive. Trevor Yashur won the foot race into the end zone going 19-yard for the score. After an off sides penalty by Pen Argyl the Bulldogs decided to go for the two-point conversion. Yashur went in for the two-point conversion putting the Bulldogs up 8-6 with 7:06 remaining in the quarter.



The Green Knights answered right back. The big play of the drive was a Conor Gum 60-yard pass to Kyle Muller to the Bulldogs’ 10-yard line. Two plays later Gum called his own play, scoring on an eight yard run. Gum’s two-point conversion put his team up 14-8 with 3:42 remaining in the first half.



Pen Argyl head coach Paul Reduzzi talked about the first half, “We looked to control the line of scrimmage and try to get stuff on the board early.”



The Green Knights went into halftime with a 14-8 lead. They also led in the statistics in the first half. Pen Argyl had 163 yards of total offense and six first downs. Northern Lehigh had nine first downs, one costly turnover and 133 total yards of offense.



With the game on the line and 6:36 remaining in the game, the Bulldogs tried to pickup the first down on a fake punt. Miller made the huge stop and the Green Knights took over on downs.



Northern Lehigh would never see the ball again. The Green Knights used their big offensive line and ran out the clock. They ran 15 straight plays including two fourth down conversion to preserve the win. Reduzzi talked about his offensive line, “They are a big group of kids and they work hard and do things well. They have a lot of heart and made those big fourth down drives.”



Pen Argyl’s running back Dylan Evans led the way with 106 yards and quarterback Conor Gum passed for 108 yards and rushed for 38 yards.



Reduzzi said about Evans performance, “He can control a game and is a leader. He is a impact player and makes plays on both sides of the ball.”



Northern Lehigh’s Trevor Yashur rushed for 77 yards.



With the win Pen Argyl moves to 6-0. Pen Argyl plays at Catasauqua next Friday night. Northern Lehigh (5-1) host Northwestern Lehigh.

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Many people were calling the match-up between Dallas and Wyoming Valley West the “Game of the Year” in the Wyoming Valley Conference.  They sure were right.



Wyoming Valley West rallied from a two touchdown, fourth quarter deficit only to have Penn State recruit Eugene Lewis stopped by Dallas on a two-point conversion attempt to preserve a 28-27 win for the Mountaineers.



Trailing 28-14 with 7:49 remaining, Lewis engineered two drives to pull the Spartans to within one point.



First, it was a six-play, 61-yard drive that saw Lewis score from the two yard line.  After the extra point kick was good, Dallas lead was now 28-21.



The Wyoming Valley West defense forced a three-and-out on the next Dallas possession and the Spartans took over at their own 48 yard line after a 28-yard punt return by Lewis.



With 3:49 remaining, Lewis carried the ball three times for a Wyoming Valley West first down and then completed a 23-yard pass to Dylan Flayhart to the Dallas 22.



Facing a 3rd and 2 on the next series of downs, Lewis appeared to run for a first down inside the Dallas 10, but the Spartans were flagged for a hold and that created a 3rd and 12.  After an incompletion, Spartans coach Pat Keating called his second time out.



On fourth down, Lewis rolled to his right and under pressure, heaved the ball into the end zone where Lucky Williams jumped between the two Dallas defenders for the touchdown.



After another time out, Keating decided to go for two and the win.  Lewis again rolled to his right with a run/pass option.  He turned up field at the 5 and tried to knife between three Mountaineers’ defenders but Dallas brought him down short of the goal line as the home sideline and crowd erupted.



Wyoming Valley West would attempt an outside kick, but Dallas recovered and took a knee to seal the victory.



The Mountaineers defense picked off Lewis three times and were the beneficiaries of two fumbled handoffs from Lewis to Derrick Simms.  Simms was replacing starting running back Tashawn Bunch who left the game in the first quarter with an injury.



Dallas took advantage of two of the first half turnovers, turning them into scores.  Paul Brace, who was playing his first game of the season, caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Ryan Zapoticky for a 7-0 lead.



As the first half was ending, Kris Roccograndi picked off Lewis and returned the ball to the Wyoming Valley West 15-yard line.  After a 5-yard penalty, Zapoticky found Shane Dunn in the end zone with :15 seconds remaining to give the Mounts a 14-0 halftime lead.



Dallas received the second half kickoff, but on the second play from scrimmage, the Mountaineers botched an option pitch and the Spartans recovered the loose ball.  Lewis would score six plays later on a 15-yard run to cut the lead 14-7.



Wyoming Valley West would get the ball back after a Dallas three-and -out, but the Mountaineers’ Jason Simonovich would intercept a Lewis’ pass at the Mounts 10 yard line to preserve the lead.



Dallas would then extend the lead back to two touchdowns with a 7-play, 82-yard drive.  Ryan Zapoticky took it around the right end from one-yard out for a 21-7 lead at the end of the third quarter.



Wyoming Valley West answered with a 6-play, 51-yard drive keyed by a 17-yard reception by Simms.   Lewis would score from the 18 yardline two plays later, his longest run of the afternoon.



Dallas put together another scoring drive that took five plays culminated by a Jim Roccograndi 11-yard TD run that gave 28-14 lead.  Roccograndi rushed for 108 yards on 19 carries on the day.



That set up the comeback by Wyoming Valley West and the dramatic stop by the Dallas defense.



Zapoticky completed 7 of 10 passes for 116 yards and touchdown.  Dunn was the leading receiver for the Mounts with four catches for 50 yards and a touchdown.



Lewis rushed 35 times for 161 yards and was 15 for 21 for 186 yards and a touchdown.  However, he did throw three interceptions.  Flayhart was the leading Spartans’ receiver with six catches for 65 yards and a touchdown.



Wyoming Valley West outgained Dallas 381 to 295, but the five turnovers were too much to overcome.



Dallas (6-0, 5-0) will host Crestwood next Saturday in another battle of conference unbeatens.  Wyoming Valley West (5-1, 3-1) hosts Hazleton Area on Friday.

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