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Bethel Park rolls to 45-3 win over Altoona

Written by: on Saturday, October 21st, 2017


Austin Lewis lays out for the score. photo credit Chuck Meyers,

Tanner Volpetti scored twice in the first half and Austin Lewis returned an interception 16 yards to lead the Hawks to victory over host Altoona. The senior running back led the team with 121 yards on 15 carries. Both got the Hawks rolling early. Following a couple of penalties on the first Bethel Park drive of the night, quarterback Anthony Chiccitt found Lewis for a 27 yard play on 2nd and 26. Volpetti got the next two carries, the second a 37 yard romp to paydirt. John Gummo nailed the pat to put the Hawks up 7-0 just 2:30 into the game.


Altoona RB Tyler Petucci runs the ball

Altoona’s only points of the game came on the ensuing drive, but they didn’t come easy. The Hawks defense held them and forced an punt, but the kick was muffed and Robert Ferrell fell on the ball at the Bethel Park 35. The Mt. Lions picked up a few more yards where Andrew Eisel was able to hit a 31 yard field goal. That was the closest  Altoona would get to the endzone until their last

drive of the night. The Hawk defense stuffed the Mt. Lion offense all night long. “We just made too many mistakes. We didn’t take advantage of some things, we’ll just head back to the drawing board and study the film and learn” said Altoona head coach Nick Felus.

Lewis was a key factor in the stingy Hawk defense. The speedy corner played great football all night, locking down his side of the field. On the second Altoona drive, he stepped in front of a Braedon Burchfield pass and went the distance, diving into the endzone to put the Hawks up 14-3 at the end of the first quarter. “He did a really nice job, made some great plays” said Bethel Park head coach Jeff Metheny, who got win number 198 tonight.

Tiger Burkes got the next Bethel Park score, rumbling 37 yards to make it 21-7. Volpettie got his second score of the night on a one yard run just before halftime. “We didn’t know we were going to have a season like this” said WVW commit Jame Gmiter. “But after we got our first win against North Alleghey that gave us a big boost to start the year.”

Chiccitt found receiver David Opferman for a 39 yard scoring strike in the third, and Lewis hauled in a 16 yard pass for Chiccitt’s second touchdown pass of the night. Chiccitt finished 10-15 for 186 yards and the two scores. “We had a couple penalties and we have to clean the up, our quarterback is playing decent and we look forward to playing next week for sure”.  Bethel Park will take on Mt. Lebanon, who lost to Penn Hills last night. Altoona will close out it’s season with Seneca Valley.





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