Bearcat Preview Week 6: Huntingdon vs BEA
Written by: Chad States on Thursday, October 5th, 2017
Friday’s game matches the 6-0 Bearcats vs the 3-3 Eagles. Huntingdon was tested early going down 14-0 after the first two Juniata drives. After that, it was all ‘Cats as the defense clamped down and the offense flexed their muscle to secure a 38-20 victory. BEA suffered their 3rd straight defeat at the hands of Tyrone 27-19.
Huntingdon has wins over Mount Union (57-0), Bellefonte (52-31), Tyrone (26-14) , Clearfield (45-27), Penns Valley (56-8) and Juniata (38-20).
Bald Eagle Area has wins over Troy (33-13), P-O (48-0), and Penns Valley (33-6). Losses are to Chestnut Ridge (43-6), Central (35-7), and Tyrone (27-16).
OFFENSE: I said last week that when one weapon goes down another emerges. QB Andrew Hudy threw for a school record 251 yards on 10 completions and two receivers (Jonathan Price and Jacob Wagner) both had over 100 yards receiving has Huntingdon scored 38 unanswered points in last week’s win. Ian Border continues to lead the Bearcat ground game with 937 yards and 16TD’s. Hudy checks in with 179 yards, and Drew Weglarz, who stepped up big with 47 tough yards last week when Border went down, has 137 yards on the season. Hudy has thrown for 788 yards and 9 TD’s while completing nearly 62% of his passes. Price’s 22 grabs for 413 yards and 6TD’s paces the receiving corps and Wagner is right behind him with 10 catches for 276 yards and 2TD’s. Huntingdon is averaging 379 yards of total offense per game, 45.7 points per game, have 47% third down conversion rate and are 23 for 25 in red zone opportunities.
DEFENSE: Defense wins championships according to most who follow the game. The 2017 Bearcat defense is on the fast track to make that happen. Take a moment and digest these numbers: 44 tackles for loss (Alex Mykut and Isaiah Reed 6 each) 18 sacks (Reed with 5.5 and Ben Briggs with 4), 10 Interceptions (Mykut and Price 3 each), 19 pass break-ups (Price 6 and Jarius Werner 4), 4 fumble recoveries and two block kicks all in 6 games! JR Ryan Querry leads all Bearcat defenders with 56 tackles on the season (17 solo) followed by Mykut with 49. Landon Fisher and Andrew Finkle have recorded 40 tackles each. Huntingdon is allowing a stingy 16.7 points per game and nobody has scored a point on them in the third quarter. If that’s not enough, opponents are only converting 28% of the time on third down.
The Opponent: Bald Eagle Area comes into the game riding a 3-game losing streak. In the first three weeks of the year, the Eagles outscored their opponents 116-21. In the last three weeks, that has flipped as they have been outscored 105-32. Last week was a disaster as the Eagles committed 4 turnovers and multiple other mistakes in the loss to Tyrone. BEA appears to be a pass first offense with QB Jaden Jones leading the Eagle attack with 741 yards passing. The receiving corps is a three-headed monster led by Matt Reese (327yards), Kael Gardner (220 yards) and Nick Turner (185 yards). Gage McClenahan checks in as the leading ground gainer for the Eagles with 413 yards. Gardner leads all Eagle tacklers with 75 and Rilee Bechdel has a team high 5 sacks.
Points of Interest:
Price needs 5 catches and 140 yards to become the all-leader in both categories eclipsing Courtney Getic who set the standard at the end of the 1998 season…..Gio Scaccia has been quietly amassing a great sophomore season connecting on 27 of 30 extra point attempts and is 3 for 3 in field goal attempts this season……The Bearcat special teams have been that as Hudy is averaging 41.3 yards per punt and Wagner leads the team with a 31.2 yards per kick return average.
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