Bellefonte Red Raiders overcome rough start in game against Tyrone
Written by: Lily Wichert on Saturday, September 22nd, 2018
The Bellefonte Red Raiders had a difficult start to last night’s game against the Tyrone Golden Eagles, but quickly made changes to finish the game with a 31-14 win, putting their overall record at 5-0. Both teams showed excellent skills and performances throughout the game on both sides of the ball.
Tyrone’s Wide receiver Tommy Hicks caught a 9-yard pass from quarterback Denver Light, scoring the first touchdown of the game. Kicker Keegan Raabe then added the extra point. Tyrone lead at the end of the first quarter 7-0, and Bellefonte’s players and coaches quickly realized they needed to adjust their strategies to get ahead in the game.
During the second quarter, Bellefonte player and wide receiver Trae Bauman caught a 35-yard pass from quarterback Kyle Myers. The extra point was scored by kicker Chris Persiko. Tyrone answered, as running back Zac Albright ran for a 37-yard touchdown. Raabe then added the extra point. Tyrone led after halftime 14-7.
Bellefonte took control of the game during the second half, as their defense held Tyrone scoreless for the rest of the game. In the third quarter, running back C.J. Funk ran for a 61-yard touchdown, and Perisko tacked on the extra point.
In the fourth quarter, tight-end Noah Badger caught a 12-yard pass from Myers; Persiko then added an extra point. Myers ran from 2-yards out for a touchdown, Persiko again added the extra point to the scoreboard. Persiko’s 19-yard field goal added the final points to the game, ending it at 31-14 Bellefonte.
Junior Trae Bauman proved to be an offensive weapon during last night’s game, racking up 5 receptions for 43 yards, along with a touchdown. Bauman does not allow the team’s undefeated record get to their heads, and remains aware of improvements that can be made throughout the game.
“We started slow, but we really came out to play in the second half,” Bauman said. “Our energy carried us the rest of the way.”
Assistant Coach Bob Sealy also recognizes the team’s strengths throughout each game of the season.
“We got lined up where we should on both sides of the ball, and on special teams we did a great job,” Coach Sealy said. “It really worked out well for us.”
Bellefonte will prepare throughout the week to take on Clearfield next friday.
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