BEA lets it rain on the scoreboard @CoachJNagle @BearcatFB_HAHS
Written by: Billy Splain on Saturday, November 3rd, 2018
WINGATE – Points were as plentiful as raindrops here Friday night as Bald Eagle Area’s explosive offense blew up Huntingdon, 47-14, Friday night at Alumni Stadium in a District 6-AAA semifinal game. The Eagles will take on the winner of the Westmont-Forest Hills game at Mansion Park, date and time to be determined.
The Eagles, who turned to the Wildcat offense from time to time, had seven plays of 20 or more yards as they rolled up 472 yards in total offense. But while BEA’s offense was blowing up the Huntingdon defense, the man who lined up as the wildcat was on the sidelines throwing up between big runs. Blake Roberts carried the ball 15 times for 207 yards and caught three passes for 64 more.
“Blake was sick as a dog,’’ said BEA coach Jesse Nagle. “He was throwing up all game long. He was almost dehydrated. He had a heck of a night.’’
He wasn’t alone for the Eagles as quarterback Jaden Jones completed nine of 14 passes for 199 yards and wideout Nick Turner caught four passes for 111 yards and two scores and also returned an interception 15 yards for a score.
One of Roberts’ receptions went for 54 yards before he was caught from behind at the Huntingdon 6/ Jaden Jones scored from there and Peter Van Cise tied it with the PAT. Huntingdon had scored first, as Tyron Cook ran the opening kickoff back 87 yards for the score and Giovan Scaccia kicked the extra point.
Roberts scored his only TD of the night on a 70-yard run out of the Wildcat to put BEA ahead for good at the 3:00 mark of the first quarter.
“After last week (a 10-9 loss to Bellefonte) we decided we had been relying on the pass too much so we felt we had to go with the running game,’’ Nagle added. “So we decided to go with the Wildcat.’’
The Eagles tacked on a pair of scores in the second quarter as Jones and Turner connected for a 26-yard score and Jones hit Kael Gardner for a 21-yd score with :15 left in the first half, putting BEA up 28-7.
But Huntingdon rallied in the third quarter as Andrew Hudy hit Andrew Miller for a 15-yard score and Andrew Finkle drew the Bearcats close when he scored from the 3 following Jacob Wagner’s interception of Jones at the 2:326 mark. Scaccia made it 28-21.
BEA answered when Jones found Tutner running free behind the Bearcat secondary. Van Cise missed he PAT, setting the score at 34-21.
The Eagles put the game out of reach in the fourth quarter when Turner picked off Hudy and scored from 15 yards out and Zach Wible scored from the 1 with 1:26 left.
Huntingdon got the last points when Hudy and Derek Fultz combined for a 68-yard score with :24 left on the clock.
“It was a tale of two halves,’’ said Huntingdon coach Mike Hudy. “We took the opening kickoff back and that seemed to lift our spirits. But then we broke down for two quarters. We had an attitude adjustment at halftime and we came out and played well in the second half. We made a game of it. ‘’
PHOTO GALLERY BELOW (MIKE FRAZIER)
Huntingdon 7 0 14 6 27
BEA 14 14 6 13 47
H – Cook, 87-yd kickoff return; Scaccia (kick), 11:43
B – Jones, 6-yd run; Van Cise (kick), 9:56
B – Roberts, 70-yd run; Van Cise (kick), 3:00
B – Turner, 26-yd pass from Jones; Van Cise (kick), 6:55
B – Gardner, 21-yd pass from Jones; Van Cise (kick), :15
H – Miller, 15-yd pass from Hudy; Scaccia (kick), 5:47
H – Finkle, 3-yd run; Scaccia (kick), 2:36
B – Turner, 37-yd pass from Jones; kick failed, 1:25
B – Turner, 15-yd interception return; kick failed, 4:47
B – Wible, 1-yd run; Van Cise (kick),1:26
H – Fultz, 68-yd pass from Hudy; kick failed, :24
1st downs 11 12
Rushes/Yds 27-56 40-273
Pass Yds 260 199
Total Offense 316 472
Att/Com 29-14 14-9
Interceptions 1 2
Fumbles/Lost 2-1 1-1
Penalties/Yds 8-67 8-62
Punts/Avg 2-36 3-38
Rushing: H – Finkle, 16-66, Hudy, 10-(minus) 10, Fultz, 1-2; B – Roberts, 15-207, Jones, 7-10, Snyder, 3-(minus) 11; Turner, 6-33, Wible, 6-34
Passing: H – Hudy, 29-14-210 B – Jones, 14-9-199.Receiving: H – Fultz, 3-109, Wagner, 5-52, Zook, 2-57, Miller, 4-50;B – Turner, 4-111, Gardner, 1-21, Bittinger, 1-14, Roberts, 3-64.Records: BEA 9-2, Huntingdon, 5-6
Next Game: BEA vs. Westmont-/Forest Hills winner, District 6 3-A title game at Mansion Park, date TBA
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