BEA ends 24 year skid to Tyrone with 35-0 thumping @CoachJNagle
Written by: Billy Splain on Saturday, September 29th, 2018
WINGATE – It was the postseason in midseason here Friday night when top-seeded and unbeaten Bald Eagle Area took on second-seeded and once-beaten Tyrone. And for the first time in 24 years, BEA beat its nemesis, 35-0 in a game in which it scored all of its points by halftime, invoking the mercy rule.
BEA dominated the game on defense, holding Tyrone to a total of 62 yards in total offense and minus 23 yards on the ground. Tyrone quarterbacks Denver Light and Brandon Lucas were sacked seven times by a relentless BEA rush. “I thought our defense played outstanding,’’ said Eagle coach Jesse Nagle, the first BEA coach not named Gawen Stoker to beat Tyrone. “Tyrone is huge across the front so we used our speed to get to the quarterback because we’re not real big. Our kids played real disciplined football.
“This win means a lot to our program. Last week we got a big monkey off our back by beating Central and now this is the first time in 24 years we’ve beaten Tyrone. This is a huge step in changing the culture here. They’re Tyrone, they have that T on their helmets, This is a big win for us.’’
BEA was slow getting started as Jaden Jones was picked off at the Tyrone 30 on BEA’s first possession. But the next time the Eagles got the football they started on their own 15 and drove 85 yards for the score, the key play being a 24-yard pass from Jones to Nick Turner on third-and-19 from their own 17. After that they moved to the Tyrone 34 from where Matt Reese scored on an end-around with 2:44 left in the first quarter. Jones then hooked up with Kaden Bittinger for the two-point conversion.
“We talked to the kids all week about their quarterback (Jones) and how he scrambles,’’ said Tyrone head coach Jason Wilson. “We told them to be careful because he makes plays downfield, finding his receivers.. And that’s exactly what happened on that third-down play. ‘’
In a key play in the game, BEA recovered an on-side kick on the ensuing kickoff and put the ball in play at the Tyrone 45. From there Jones hit Kael Gardner for 14 yards, ran for 15 and Blake Roberts got loose for 13 to the Tyrone 3. Jones and Nick Turner connected from there for another score to make it 14-0 with 1:47 still on the clock.
BEA got a couple of bonus points when it held Tyrone on downs at its own 21, forcing a punt. The snap sailed out of the end zone for a safety to put the score at 16-0 with :14 left in the quarter.
In the second quarter BEA held on a third-and-19 at its own 5 and forced a short punt, putting the ball in play at the Tyrone 26. On first down Gage McClenahan got loose around the left end for 25 yards and Gardner banged it in from the 1 on the next snap. The kick for the PAT failed with 8:35 to go in the half.
The next time BEA got the ball it started on the Tyrone 42 and drove to the 18 from where Jones hit Matthew Bittinger for the score at the 2:51 mark. Van Cise kicked the PAT for the final points of the night. “They are obviously a very good football team,’’ Wilson said. “ I was disappointed with how we played in the first half. But credit to them, they outplayed us and outcoached us. We couldn’t get any momentum changes. We missed so many tackles. They got into us and we couldn’t get off blocks. They were very aggressive up front. They took it to us in the first half.’’
Nagle spread the credit around his 6-0 team.“We’ve got about five athletes who can make plays any time they touch the ball,’’ he said. “But Tyrone s a great team. We’ll probably see them again in the playoffs.’’
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Tyrone 0 0 0 0 — 0
Bald Eagle Area 16 19 0 0 — 35
BEA — Reese, 34-yd run; Bittinger (pass from Jones), 2:44
BEA — Turner, 3-yd pass from Jones; pass failed, 1:40
B EA — Safety, snap from center went out of the end zone; :14
BEA — Gardner, 1-yd run; kick failed; 8:35
BEA — Bittinger, 18-yd pass from Jones; Van Cise (kick); 2:51
BEA —Reese, 28-yd fumble return; run failed, 2:30.
TEAM STATISTICS Tyrone BEA
1st downs 8 11
Total offense 62 255
Rushes/Yds 24-(minus) 23 20-100
Pass Yds 85 155
Att/Com 22-11-0 21-13-2
Interceptions 2 0
Fumbles/Lost 1-1 0-0
Penalties/Yds 4-30 4-55
Punts/Avg 5-25.5 2-28
Rushing: Tyrone — Albright 10-10, Light, 2- (minus) 13, Hicks, 1-22, Lucas, 11-(minus) 42.; BEA — Roberts, 8-11, McClenahan, 3-30, Jones, 3-26, Reese, 1-34, Gardner, 1-1, Snyder, 2-2, Wible, 1-1, Team, 2-(minus) 2.
Passing: Tyrone — Light 9-6-40; Lucas, 13-5-45; BEA — Jones, 20-13-2; LeFebvre, 1-0-0
Receiving: Tyrone — Albright, 3-7, Gripp, 2-26, Zimmerman, 3-7, Reader, 1- (minus) 1, Hicks, 1-8, Lehman, 4-45; BEA — Reese, 3-31, Bittinger, 1-18, Turner, 3-35, McClenahan, 3-21, Gardner, 2-37, Bisel, 1-13.
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