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Bald Eagles Jones too much for the Mounties

Written by: on Saturday, September 1st, 2018


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PHILIPSBURG – Bald Eagle Area’s nearly perfectly balanced offense was too much for Philipsburg-Osceola here Friday night at the Eagles topped the Mounties, 46-14.
BEA, behind quarterback Jaden Jones, ran for 262 yards and passed for 219 as the Eagles took a 26-0 lead at the half as Jones threw for a pair of touchdowns and the running game chipped in with a pair or scores.

“They’re very skilled but we knew that coming in,’’ said Mountie coach Brian McGonigal. “They’ve got some big boys who run hard and can move the ball down the field. We were competitive at times, made them go three and four downs. ‘’

BEA turned the ball over on downs on its first possession but the second time around Jones engineered a five-play drive that started at his own 34 and ended when he hooked u with Nick Turner for a41-yard score. Peter VanCise kicked the PAT to make it 7-0 with 7:14 left in the first quarter.

P-O lost its best chance to keep the game close the next time it got the football when it drove to the BEA 1 thanks to a 21-yard pass from Bubba Slogosky to Ryan Whitehead who was tackled by Turner. But on first down Landon McDonald was thrown for a 5-yard loss and on second down Slogosky was sacked by Tommy Snyder to put the ball on the 14. On the next snap David Close broke through and threw Slogosky for a six-yard loss that put the ball on the 20 and on fourth down Slogosky’s pass was incomplete.

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“We thought for sure he (Whitehead) was in,’’ McGonigal said. “And we weren’t able to get enough puss to get him in. That hurt. We need to be able to get that push to get that one or two yards.’’
“I was very proud of Nick Turner for making that tackle,’’ said BEA coach Jesse Nagle. “We try to defend every inch of the field. That was a big-time statement by our defense.’’
Starting from the 20, BEA lost 10 yards on a penalty and then began moving the ball as Jones and Matt Reese combined to move the ball out to the 36 where, on third down, Jones and Turner hooked up again for a 64-yard strike with 1:06 left in the quarter. The PAT kick failed.

BEA started the second quarter with the ball on the P-O 49 and marched to the 3 where Jones and Kael Gardner teamed up for a score with 8:57 left before the half. The PAT kick failed.
Another long-distance march followed the next time the Eagles got the ball as they started on their own 39 and drove to the 11 where Jones took it in with 2:31 to go. BEA tried to run for the two-point conversion but the Mounties stopped it.

photo Jeff Jodon

Jones finished the half completing 12 of 17 passes for 192 yards and three scores.
“He’s a leader,’’ Nagle said. “He is a difference-maker. He’s the engine of the offense. He’s making better reads this year and his legs are better.’’
The Mounties got a burst of excitement when Chase Chapman took the second-half kickoff, broke several tackles and went 811 yards down the left sideline for a touchdown but the two-point conversion play failed, making it 26-6.

BEA answered by scoring on its next three possessions to put the mercy rule in effect as Tommy Snyder scored on an 11-yard run, Jones and Mathew Reese connected for a 15-yard score and when Ryan Whitehead’s pass was picked off at the Mountie 49 and two plays later Jones ran 20-yards for BEA’s final score on the night and Van Cise kicked the PAT with 4:58 left in the third quarter.
The Mounties put the final points on the scoreboard when Caleb Stamm scored from the 1. With 3:20 to go in the game.

P-O, now 0-2, will play Bellefonte at Lock Haven University’s Hubert Jack Stadium Friday at 7 p.m.

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