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Deitrich scores 5 times, leads Bellefonte to Curtin Bowl win over BEA for share of Mt. League title

Written by: on Saturday, October 28th, 2017



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“Dylan Deitrich is going to get his, we just have to find a way to slow him down. ” That was BEA Head Coach Jesse Nagle saying what his team needed to do if they were to have a chance at winning on Friday night in Wingate. It took all four quarters, but Deitrich certainly got his. The Senior “emergency quarterback turned starting all-star” threw for 2 touchdowns and ran for three more to lead the Raiders to a 42-14 win over Bald Eagle before an overflowing crowd. With the win, the Raiders also earned a share of the Mountain League title with Huntingdon and Central to go along with the bragging rights that come along with winning this game. But don’t let that score fool you, this was a very competitive game for the first three quarters.

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With his Eagles down 14-0 to start the second half, Nagle knew he had to get things rolling. Gage McClenahan took the opening kick and streaked down the sideline into Bellefonte territory. A 15 yard penalty put them at the Raider thirty to start the half. Just a few plays later returning starter Jaden Jones found Nick Turner for a 36 yard scoring strike. The pat failed but the Eagles were back in the game. “We know they’re going onside with it” said Raider coach Shannon Manning. “But it was my call and I didn’t put our hands people out there.” BEA did indeed kick the ball onside and recovered it. They drove to the 18 of the Raiders. On third down a BEA receiver dropped a sure first down and maybe the tying td.   The fourth down play didn’t fair much better and Bellefonte took over with their 14-6 lead in tact. “They did same thing at Clearfield, but that stop was big for us” said Manning.

This play could have made it 28-21, but as Jesse Nagle said after the game, “it’s a game of inches, we came up a bunch of inches short”

The Raiders wasted little time, as they had all night. Using a combination of Deitrich, RB Dexter Galishaw and CJ Funk the Raider marched straight to the endzone. Deitrich scored his third td of the night, a 21 yard td pass to Cade Fortney, putting the Raiders up 21-6 after Chris Persiko’s extra point kick went straight down the middle with just 5 seconds off the 4th quarter clock. CJ Funk picked off Jaden Jones on the very next play, and Deitrich put the game out of reach one player later.

“Fortney he is one of those guys you just throw it up and you know he can come down with it.” – Dylan Deitrich

“These kids wanted to finish this season 9-1 or 8-2. You could see it, they were uptight, us coaches were uptight but you know what? There was only one possession we had that we didn’t score. We scored on all but one possession, I’m pretty happy with that. Bald Eagle didn’t give up. On their next drive, Nagle called in a play that worked to perfection. Jones took the snap, looked right and bounced the ball to Kerek Henry who in turn, pulled up and heaved one downfield to Turner for his second score of the night. The 65 yard td made it 28-14 following Blake Roberts’ 2 point conversion. “That pass, we got caught out of position but cudos to them for that one” said Manning.

Deitrich seemed to slam the door shut on the Eagles on the next drive, with the senior hitting Stephen Kutches  for 21 yards, then finishing the drive with his 5th score of the night. But the Eagles, to their credit, never gave up.

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Galishaw closed out the scoring on a powerful 19 yard run. Persiko nailed his sixth pat to make it 42-14. “Having Chris there is huge for us. You know he never kicked a football in his life” said Manning. “His parents moved here from Germany this year, he came to me and said “what can I do?” I just said lets try kicking the ball. He’s been solid.” Deitrich ended the night with nearly 100 yards passing and 110 yards on the ground. Galishaw ran for 104 and the score.

Jaden Jones had a nice return, playing for the first time since being injured against Chestnut Ridge in week 3. Jones was 13 for 27 for 160 yards and 1 td with 2 interceptions.



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