Bethel Park: Built “Ford” Tough
Written by: Billy Splain on Saturday, September 12th, 2009
BETHEL PARK, Pa. – They are the stealth fighters of high school football. Yes, once again Jeff Metheny and his Bethel Park Black Hawks are flying under the radar of all the football experts and championship hype. That feat is impressive, considering that Bethel Park was State Runners-up and came a few yards short in overtime from being state champions, and yet no one puts Bethel Park in the same category as some of the elite teams in the state or the WPIAL for that matter.
Maybe just maybe, after tonight’s 25-0 shutout victory over Penn Hills who most had ranked within the top three in the WPIAL pre-season polls Bethel Park will get the respect they rightfully deserve. So what are head coach Jeff Metheny’s thoughts about being underrated? “Thank You”, said the coach with a laugh, “We quietly played an undefeated season last year, and everyone but the people of this community didn’t think that we had a chance at Gateway, let alone a state title…we enjoy being the underdog”
That tenure of being the underdog might have ended tonight with a huge win over Penn Hills. The game was as close to uneventful as a game can be for most of the first have, with both teams mistaking the football game to be a tennis match going back-and-forth with punts a total of eight in the first half to be exact, until the Ford was brought out of the garage at the 6 minute mark of the 2nd quarter.
After just 32 yards of total offense between the two teams up until that point, Black Hawks quarterback Matt Bliss found Jared Pratt for a 16 yard gain that would set up the game’s first score two plays later as Bre Ford took the handoff and scampered around the left side for six from 29 yards out.
After a Penn Hills punt one of their five punts of the first half alone, Bethel Park would not wait long to get another score, as Ford found the end zone for a second time pounding it in from one yard out.
As the half neared, smart coaching by the Bethel Park sideline had the Indians forced to punt the ball back to Bethel Park which aloud the Black Hawks another chance to score, a chance that BP would not let go to waste. With just 15 second remaining before the bands took the field for halftime, senior quarterback Matt Bliss found Drew Volbers in the back of the end zone on a fade route to give Bethel Park a 20-0 halftime lead.
Penn Hills offense couldn’t seem to put anything thing together, not converting on any of their seven 3rd downs, and turning the ball over 4 time in the second half. Terrell Robinson showed flashes of greatness, and had 60 yards rushing in the losing effort.
The Black Hawks would do their best Pittsburgh Pirates impression in the second half, scoring 5 points with a 36 yard field goal and safety. (The Bethel Park football is now being considered as the new Major League baseball team in Pittsburgh)
With the win the Hawks improve to (2-0) on the season, and the Indians of Penn Hills fall to a disappointing (0-2).Bethel Park will look to continue their WPIAL winning streak that now dates back to 11/09/07. Penn Hills will look for the same season comeback they had a season ago, starting (0-2) as they will take on Butler (0-2). Some advice to teams that still have the black and orange on their schedule, circle it, highlight it, but whatever you do don’t look past it.
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