Ligonier Valley turnovers, injuries too much to overcome in loss
Written by: Billy Splain on Saturday, November 2nd, 2013
As Ram tight end Jordan Jones and quarterback Scott Fennel limped through the end zone heading toward the locker room sided by side after their team was handed a 45-6 by Bald Eagle Area, head coach Roger Beitel summed up his depleted team’s efforts. “We just don’t have the product on the field we had to start the season. The injury bug hit us hard the last few weeks and instead of coaching game plans at practice we’re coaching kids to play at positions they’ve never played before”. The Rams turned the ball over 4 times and at one point had 5 freshmen playing against a veteran Bald Eagle team.
Bald Eagle came out with a bit of a surprise to start the game, using wide receiver Bryan Greene at quarterback in the “wild cat” formation. With his twin brother Bryce lining up at wide receiver, the two combined for all 6 of BEA’s touchdowns using their blazing speed and a lot of help from an offensive line that manhandled Ligonier Valley all night. Bryan got things rolling quickly on the first drive, running 5 straight times for 51 yards, capping the drive with a 13 yard td run. Tyler Schall kicked the point after for a 7-0 lead.
Ligonier Valley answered with a 73 yard drive of their own. Scott Fennel scrambled left and tossed across his body to Derrick Croyle but the ball bounced off his hands and into the arms of a diving Garrett Tobias in the end zone. The point after failed making it 7-6.
It was all BEA after that. The two teams traded possessions, then on their third drive of the night the Greene brothers played like it was a Sunday in their own back yard, combing for 56 yards including a stretch of 4 straight completions, leading to a 32 yard Schall field goal. “It’s awesome,” Bryan Greene said of his time at quarterback and throwing to his brother. “I love playing with him. It doesn’t get any better than that.”
It only took 3 plays for one of the brothers to strike again, this time a 50 yard td pass from Jason Jones to Bryce. The two again combined for a passing score on the next BEA drive from 24 yards out.
With the score at a manageable 24-6, Ligonier Valley was forced to punt from their 42. The kick bounced toward the sideline and Bryan scooped the ball up. He then sprinted at what seemed like light speed for a 70 yard return to give the Eagles a commanding lead of 31-6 going into the break.
Bald Eagle would score two more times in the second half. The first a 39 yard fumble return by Bryce when freshmen running back Collin Smith lost the ball on his first run of the night. Jones and Bryce hooked up one last time for a 34 yard score.
Bryan Greene had 12 carries totaling 65 yards with 1 td and caught 2 passes for 61 yards to go along with his 39 yard fumble return. Brother Bryce had 7 catches for 106 yards and 3 scores to go along with his 71 yard return.
BEA will likely face Tyrone in the playoffs next week. Tyrone defeated the Eagles earlier in the season 14-0. Ligonier Valley will likely limp into the playoffs as 8th seed and face Richland.
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