Bald Eagle Advances to District Six Championship
Written by: Tristan Klinefelter on Saturday, November 2nd, 2019
The Bald Eagle Area Eagles punched a ticket to the district six championship game Friday night with a victory over the Central Dragons of a score 21-19. Senior athlete Kaden Bittinger led the Eagles offense accounting for close to 100 yards and was responsible for two out of the three Eagle scores.
The first quarter was a defensive battle between the two teams. Neither team could create a drive and both teams were forced to punt multiple times. Bald Eagle even turned the ball over on downs and had a fumble. The Dragons would capitalize on the fumble recovery late in the first quarter. Dragons freshman athlete Jeff Hoenstine hit receiver Hunter Clotz for the eight-yard touchdown with 2:43 left in the first quarter. The point-after attempt (PAT) was no good making the score 6-0 Dragons. The following Eagles possession, senior quarterback Jaden Jones found fellow senior Mathew Reese for a huge gain of 35 yards down to the Dragons seven-yard line. Two plays later Bittinger would score the first Eagles touchdown of the night from two yards out on the first play of the second quarter. The PAT was good at making the score 7-6 Eagles, with 11:57 to go in the half.
The ensuing kickoff was an onside attempt and was successfully recovered by the Eagles, but no points would come with it. However, the Dragons following possession resulted in a turnover. The next play the Eagles pulled out a trick play. Kaden Bittinger would receive an end-around and ended up throwing the ball to Mathew Reese for a 54-yard touchdown. This gave the Eagles a 14-6 lead after a successful PAT. Central again couldn’t get any yards and punted on their next possession. Eagles would not be able to move the ball either as Jones threw an interception late in the second quarter to Dragons Ethan Eicher. The Dragons would put together a drive following the turnover as they drove 42 yards down the field. The drive was capped off with a jump pass from quarterback Braden Kitt to senior Ben Mcconahy from 4 yards out. The two-point conversion was no good making the score 14-12 Eagles with 3:30 to go in the half.
To open the second half, the Eagles had a three and out and were forced to punt, but on the punt Dragons Hoenstine muffed it and it was recovered by the Eagles at the Dragons 22-yard line. Six plays later, Eagles Gage McClenahan scored from one yard out. This gave the Eagles a 21-12 lead after a successful PAT with 6:57 to go in the third quarter. Later in the third quarter Eagles defensive back, Zeb Fry came up with an interception. However, the Dragons defense stepped up and came up with a huge sack to which later resulted in a fourth-down punt. The Eagles tried to fake it but were stopped short. This turnover would give the Dragons momentum as they drove down the field and capped off the drive with a 15-yard touchdown from Kitt to Hoenstine. This made the score 21-19 after a successful PAT with 8:53 to go in the fourth quarter. The Central Dragons would get the ball back on two separate occasions to close the ball game but couldn’t convert either time. The last Dragon drive the Eagles defense came up key and forced a turnover on downs to end the ball game.
The Central Dragons season came to an end Friday night. On the other hand, Bald Eagle will face the winner of the Westmont Hilltop and Huntingdon game in the district six triple a championship game next week.
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