BEA Outslugs Philipsburg-Osceola, 40-27
Written by: William Albright on Saturday, September 25th, 2010
WINGATE — When Philipsburg-Osceola and Bald Eagle Area met on the football field Friday night, it was like two heavyweight boxers, exchanging punches, looking for the one that would be the knockout blow.
Trading scores throughout the game, the Eagles, with their backs to the wall, put up a goal line stand in the final minutes to preserve a hard-fought 40-27 win over the Mounties on BEA Homecoming 2010.
“I think they had a first-and-goal with something like four inches to go,” said BEA head coach Jack Tobias. “We ended up stopping them four plays in a row and that was absolutely huge for us.”
Happy with the win, it was even sweeter than it might have been on the heels of a frustrating loss to Indian Valley last week.
“I am so proud of these kids for their effort tonight,” said a happy Tobias. “One word basically summed them up tonight and that was warriors. They were tired, but every time Philipsburg came back, they answered. We had a hard time stopping them (Mounties), but every time they made something happen, we were able to make a play.”
The Eagles scored first and last in the game, going a perfect 5-for-5 in two-point conversion attempts following each score.
The Eagle offense, which rolled up a total of 398 yards featured a pair of 100-yard plus backs in Jacob Taylor (107) and Coleman Hoffman (101), while quarterback Justin Taylor also tossed the pigskin for another 130 yards.
Hoffman ran for two scores, while Taylor also rushed for a score while passing for two more.
“We have been balanced all season and tonight was just another example of that,” said Tobias. “That is one of the things we try to do and we have great kids who work hard to make it happen. It is nice to have two backs go over 100 yards and tonight, every one who touched the ball ran hard.”
When an offense moves the ball with the consistency BEA’s did, it is more than likely due to the “hogs” up front doing their job.
“When the offensive line blocks like it did tonight, it makes things easy,” praised Tobias. “When that happens, we can throw the ball well and run the well. Tonight, the offensive line got it done.”
While the defense allowed big plays that allowed the Mounties to get in a position to score, the unit also, led by Brice Beals, also came up with some big plays to force the Mountie offense into long yardage situations.
“After last week, we came with all of our cards and played hard tonight,” said Beals. “We dominated them up front and that is all we needed to do. That is all we needed to do last week. We almost got it (the win) last week, but tonight we got it down pat. We weren’t about to let this one get away from us.”
And before a huge Homecoming crowd, could it have been any better?
“It was just awesome,” said Taylor. “With all of the seniors coming out for Homecoming, a great crowd, we were pumped up because P-O is a great team. We had a couple of defensive stops that gave us a lift and some momentum and that made it easier for us to get it going.”
While the Eagles spread their offensive wealth around, the P-O wasn’t without several outstanding efforts of its own.
Reggie Coval rushed for a pair of touchdowns, quarterback Mike Marcinko completed 15-of-22 attempts for 229 yards.
Now 2-2, the Eagles travel to Huntingdon Friday night to face the Bearcats. Kickoff for that fray is set for 7 p.m.
“We are 2-2 going into Huntingdon next week and that is where we wanted to be,” said Tobias. “We are playing well right now and I am happy where we are.”
P-O 7 6 8 6 — 27
BEA 8 16 0 16 — 40
BEA — Justin Taylor 1 run. (Jacob Taylor rush). (8:07)
PO — Reggie Coval 2 run (Alex Boumehri kick). (:26)
BEA — Coleman Hoffman 5 run (Justin Taylor to Hoffman pass). (7:18)
PO — Coval 1 run (pass failed). (2:35
BEA — Kyle Womer 38 pass from Justin Taylor. (Hoffman rush). (1:08)
PO — Michael John 5 run (Mike Marcinko to Cody Curtis pass). (6:46
BEA — Nate Sharkey 11 pass from Justin Taylor (Justin Taylor to Womer pass). (11:09
PO — Mike Marcinko 1 run (pass failed)(10:11
BEA — Hoffman 7 run (Justin Taylor rush)(5:14.
Team Statistics PO BEA
First Downs 18 18
Rushes-Yards 37-125 38-268
Passing Yards 229 130
Passing 15-22-0 4-8-0
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 1-1
Penalties-Yards 2-7 9-55
P-O: Mike Marcinko 11-49, 1 TD; Reggie Coval 16-43, 2 TDs; Michael John 5-41 TD; Cody Curtis 5-minus 8.
BEA: Jacob Taylor 11-107, Coleman Hoffman 15-101, 2 TDs; Justin Taylor 5-38, 1 TD, Cody Hicks 5-13, Nate Sharkey, 1-9.
PO: Mike Marcinko 15-22-0.
BEA: Justin Taylor 4-8-0, 130 yards, 2 TDs.
PO: Cody Curtis 7-111, Michael John 5-107, Parker Watson 1-4, Keith Smolko 1-4, Reggie Coval 1-3.
BEA: Mark Leskovansky 1-47, Kyle Womer 1-38, 1 TD; Colby Peters 1-34, Nate Sharkey 1-11, 1 TD.
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