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Bellwood-Antis was involved in the only forfeit in the school’s history on Oct. 18, 1947. The forfeit came about because of the opposing coach’s displeasure with calls made by the officials and came early in the fourth quarter with Bellwood-Antis leading Greenfield Township of Claysburg 13-7 with eight minutes to play.
B-A took the opening kickoff and quickly 70 yards in eight plays drove for a touchdown, aided by a 15-yard Greenfield penalty on the first play of the series.
Gerry Treese hit the center of the line for a dozen yards and senior end Harold “Pete” Gleichert rambled 15 and 16 yards on consecutive reverses from Roy Pickens. Both Treese and Pickens were juniors. Treese blasted over for the TD from a yard out and Bob Sitman booted the PAT.
Leading 7-0 at halftime, Bellwood-Antis kicked off to begin the third quarter. After the B-A defense forced the Bulldogs to punt, Pickens went around right end on the first play, got into the open, evaded the Greenfield safety and scooted 70 yards for a TD.
Greenfield Township scored on a 15-yard TD rush at the end of the third quarter and added the extra point to cut the Blue Devil lead to 13-7.
To start the final quarter, Greenfield Township kicked off to Bellwood-Antis. On the second down play, senior fullback Harry Campbell passed to Pickens, who according to officials snapped the ball back to Bob Sitman, who scampered 55 yards to the Bulldogs-30. (This was the disputed play.)
Pickens hit left tackle for nine yards, just missing a first down by inches. Campbell moved the sticks for a first down with a three-yard pickup. Pickens again followed through left tackle for 13 yards for a first down at the GT-4.
At this point the Claysburg team was pulled off the field by head coach Morris Quint with about eight minutes left in the game. Quint’s contention was that the second part of the Campbell to Pickens to Sitman play had not been backward as ruled by the officials and was an illegal second forward pass.
The protest was made after three plays had elapsed and the officials refused to reverse their original call. Coach Quint at first said his squad would continue with the game under protest, then after returning to the field from the locker room informed the officials that by unanimous vote his players and coaches had decided not to continue the game. The officials then declared the game a forfeit with Bellwood-Antis (6-1) a 1-0 victor under head coach Duke Burkholder.
On Oct. 18, 1952, Bellwood-Antis (6-0) defeated Captain Jack Joint High School of Mount Union 34-7. This was the Blue Devils 32nd straight game without a loss with the only blemish a 7-7 tie with Hollidaysburg in late 1949 during that streak.
At home for the second of four straight games at Bellwood Memorial Stadium, the Blue Devils waisted very little time in scoring on a two-play drive for the first tally. Albert “Chub” Dillen broke loose for a 45-yard scamper to the CJ-20. Dean Rossi then skirted left end for the 20-yard touchdown and Don Clark added the PAT kick.
Later in the first quarter, B-A marched to the Trojan-22. Then Chub Dillen tossed a pass to his brother Bob Dillen for the TD. Bob had taken over for Don Garman, who was injured in the Huntingdon game and was out for the year.
Captain Jack put up their only score of the game marching 63 yards for the score. The PAT was added on a drop-kick, a lost art today that was common in the early years of the 1900s when the ball was fatter and rounder.
Literally, the ball was dropped from arm’s level and kicked the instant it rebounded off the ground.
The Blue devils increased their lead in the third quarter when junior right end Wayne Campbell blocked a Captain Jack punt, picked up the ball and raced 55 yards for a TD. Don Clark’s PAT kick upped the score to 20-7.
In the fourth quarter, Bellwood-Antis added two more scores. First, Chub Dillen lateraled to Bob Bilka, who handed off to Don Clark, who fired a pass to Dean Campbell for a 20-yard TD.
Clark took a handoff from Dillen for an 18-yard score for the final TD. Clark booted PATs after both fourth-quarter scores for coach Earl Strohm’s Blue Devils.
Bellwood-Antis unreleased a relentless ground attack pounded out 454 yards rushing and seven touchdowns to defeat Claysburg-Kimmel 48-0 on Oct. 18, 1980. This was the Blue Devils largest scoring output since a 53-30 win over Williamsburg in 1973.
Everybody took turns in the spotlight. Steve Walker tallied twice on runs of 74 and four yards, Jim Dorminy added a pair of TDs on dashes of 43 and 22 yards. Sophomore John Youngkin scored on a 25 yard jaunt and picked up 124 yards from scrimmage on just four carries. Todd Bookhamer had a one-yard plunge and Albert Dillen scored on a 12 yarder to round out the scoring for B-A.
Dave DiRoma kicked five successful extra points and sophomore Wally Rossi kicked one through the uprights. Steve Walker, who became the first 1,000-yard rusher at Bellwood-Antis since 1963 with 184 carries for 1,079 yards, had 155 yards against Claysburg on 11 carries and Dorminy added 82 yards on just five carries for head coach John Hayes, who was in his first season at Bellwood-Antis back in 1980. Hayes coaching staff in his rookie season included Port Wiliams, Pat Finochio and Ken Peterson, with Darrell Claar and Todd Guyer coaching the Blue Devil junior high team.

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The Bellwood-Antis football team traveled to Mount Union on Oct. 11, 1947 for the Blue Devils third straight game on the road.
B-A (5-1) came back home with their fifth straight win after a season opening 14-0 loss to Tyrone. Mount Union gave the Blue Devils all they could handle, trailing by only one slim point over the stubborn, upset-minded Trojans until notching an insurance score midway through the fourth quarter for a 13-6 win in the 2 p.m. start on Saturday afternoon.
After a scoreless first quarter, Bellwood-Antis was forced to punt. From the BA-40, Richard Cassiday boomed a long kick that hit at about the Mount Union-10 and bounced and skidded into the MU endzone, where the Trojan kick returner fumbled it. Earl Henry recovered the ball for a Bellwood-Antis touchdown and Bob Sitman added the extra point kick for a 7-0 lead.
Mount Union came right back with a 13-play, 65-yard drive to put six points of their own on the scoreboard. Bellwood-Antis stopped the Trojans short of the goal line on the PAT try to keep the 7-6 lead.
Roy Pickens fielded the following kickoff and with a beautiful broken-field run, returned the kick 55 yards to the MU-37. Pickens then went 12 yards on the first play from scrimmage, but the half ended before there was any further scoring.
Early in the fourth quarter, Mount was forced to kick by the hounding pressure of the Blue Devil defense led by Earl Henry, Harold “Buss” Carr and Tommy Conrad. Beginning at their own 32, B-A drove all the way for another tally. Key plays were a scamper by Pickens skirting right end and then several plays later, hitting off left tackle for a gain of 18 yards. Both runs moved the sticks for important first downs. Gene “Mouse” Moore bucked over for the two-yard TD to give the Blue Devils a little more breathing room.
Mount Union refused to go meekly however, resorting to trying a fake punt. The Blue Devil defense was up to the task however as Carr steamrolled the Trojan ballcarrier after a short gain and B-A took over and drove to the MU-five where the game ended.
Under head coach Lamont “Duke” Burkholder, Bellwood-Antis went 11-0 in 1946, outscoring the opposition 337-6, with the only TD scored by Tyrone in a 26-6 win in the opener, lost to Tyrone in the first game of 1947 and then won 10 straight to finish 10-1. The 21 wins over two years was a school record, that was tied in 1950 (11-0) and 1951 (10-1) and finally eclipsed in 2000 (11-1) and 2001 (11-1).
On Oct. 11, 1952, Bellwood-Antis shut out Saxton-Liberty 21-0 for their fourth shutout and fifth straight win for head coach Earl Strohm and assistant Wally Fields.
With Don Garman out for the season due to a broken hand, suffered in the Blue Devils 6-0 win over Huntingdon, Chub Dillen climaxed a 40-yard drive early in the game by smashing through the middle and rambling for an 18-yard touchdown. Don Clark set up the TD with a 22-yard jaunt to the Saxton-Liberty-18. Dean Rossi raced around right end for the PAT and a 7-0 lead.
Dillen then stopped a Wildcat scoring threat with a pass interception at the BA-4 which he returned to the BA-23. On the next play, Rossi dashed all the way to the Saxton-Liberty 22, a pickup of 55 yards, but the series stalled.
In the second quarter, Bob Bilka scooted 26 yards to the Saxton-45. On the next call, Dillen heaved a 45-yard scoring bomb to Rossi. Rossi made it 14-0, taking a pitch from Clark and running in the extra point.
Still in the second stanza, Clark ran an intercepted pass 15 yards to the SL-40. Dillen fired a pass to left end Dean Campbell who caught the ball at the 23 and raced for a TD. Dillen then passed to Rossi for the PAT and all the scoring was on the board before halftime.
Bellwood-Antis was to go 8-2 in 1952. B-A was undefeated during the regular season in 1950 and 1951, although the Blue Devils lost a playoff game in ‘51, and undefeated in 1953 and 1954. By those standards, the 8-2 mark in 1952 was a bad year.
For head coach Chet Dillen and assistants Russ Kowalchick, Bob Fowler Mike Hoffer and Earl Henry, Bellwood-Antis ran over 10 straight opponents to finish undefeated (10-0) in 1963, including a 46-0 win over Southern Huntingdon on Oct. 11, 1963.
B-A used a devastating combination of air and ground attack to subdue the Rockets.
B-A jumped out to a quick advantage with 20 first-quarter points and 19 more in the second quarter for an insurmountable 39-0 halftime lead.
Bill Cherry scored on the first series of the contest on a nine-yard run. Three plays later, The Blue Devils recovered a Southern fumble. Cherry ran 16 yards for the score and added the PAT rush.
Taking over after forcing a punt near midfield, Walter Rhoades threw a 49-yard TD pass to Bud Colyer on the first play from scrimmage. Rhoades ran for the extra point.
The second period was all Bill Cherry. First Cherry galloped 65 yards for a score. On the first play after the kickoff, Cherry pilfered a Rocket pass and returned it 50 yards for a another TD. Then following a 33 yard pass completion from Rhoades to Ron Edmiston to set up the score, Cherry tallied again from the nine.
A fumble recovery by Denny Guyer led to the only score of the second half. The Blue Devils drove 65 yards for the final sixpointer with Rhoades scoring from the two and running in the extra point.
Cherry scored five TDs and rushed for 152 yards on just 11 carries. The school record for TDs and points in one game, in case you were wondering, is six touchdowns and 40 points set against Saxton-Liberty by Ron Raugh in 1946. Cherry led Blair County in scoring in 1963 with 148 points and Rhoades was second with 114 and both Cherry (1,218) and Rhoades (1,195) rushed for more than 1,000 yards.

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The Blue Devil defense showed that indeed they are human, on Oct. 4, 1968.
The “D” had a streak of 14 consecutive scoreless quarters broken by Tussey Mountain, but had another typical game, despite the one score, tackling Titan runners behind the line of scrimmage for losses totaling 33 yards and recovered three fumbles. Bellwood-Antis (3-1-1) upped their win streak to three after a loss to Tyrone and tie with Penn Cambria to begin the 1968 campaign.
The fumbles proved extremely costly to Tussey, because each of the three Bellwood-Antis scores came after one of the mistakes.
Blue Devil senior Larry Wyland, fell on the first bobble, on the second play of the game at the Tussey-28. Eight plays later, Chris Edmondson banged in from the one for the touchdown and then added the two-point rush for an 7-0 lead early.
One year later (1969), PATs changed, with two points awarded for running or passing them in, and one point for kicking the ball through the uprights.
On the ensuing kickoff, Tussey Mountain fumbled again and Jeff Wilson recovered for the Blue Devils at the Titan-42. A nine-play drive with Gary Vandevander pushing it over from the two-yard line for the score. Edmondson’s rush made it 14-0 about as quickly as it took to describe it.
All the scores in this game followed fumbles as the Blue Devils couldn’t find the handle on the second-half kickoff and Tussey Mountain recovered at the BA-30. The Titans took just two plays to snap the B-A defense’s 14-quarter scoreless streak, going back to the fourth quarter of the season opener with Tyrone.
Finally, Blue Devil Ralph Burkett pounced on a Tussey fumble at the TM-27 in the fourth quarter. Dan Davensizer, who earlier had a 70-yard TD run nullified on a penalty, capped the scoring for the night with a one-yard TD and Edmondson rushed for the final point for the Blue Devils of head coach Chet Dillen.
Finding themselves in their second straight defensive battle, Bellwood-Antis regrouped with three second-half TDs on Oct. 4, 1985 to zap Moshannon Valley 28-0.
The Bellwood-Antis offense included passing only occasionally during the first part of 1985, although a 20-yard Don Park to Bill Burch pass was good for the only score of the first half. Park threw for a season-high 86 yards against Mo Valley on a five-for-nine effort with no interceptions. Shawn Bailey kicked the PAT following the Burch TD.
B-A took advantage of good field position to score three times in the second half. Beginning at the MV-40, Bellwood-Antis pushed the pigskin down the field for a third quarter score with just under five minutes remaining. A Park to slotback Adam Claar pass for 24 yards, was the key and Bob Noye bulled one yard for the TD.
Minutes later, Noye, who is the last Blue Devil to letter four years, recovered a fumble and Bellwood-Antis went to work again. Jack Dorminy scooted the final 14 yards to climax a five-play drive and when Mo Valley failed to cover the holder on the PAT attempt, Adam Claar took advantage to bolt for the 2pt. PAT instead of the kick to increase the B-A lead to 21-0.
Midway through the fourth period, B-A took possession again, at the midfield stripe for the final time.
Claar moved the sticks for one first down and Don “Booker” Moore for two more, before Claar skipped in untouched on a 28-yard reverse. Shawn Bailey kicked the PAT to set the final at 28-0 for the Blue Devils of head coach John Hayes.
Booker Moore led B-A with 108 yards on 21 carries and Adam Claar added 54 on just six cracks and added three catches for 53 yards.
Bellwood-Antis lost to Penns Valley 22-21 on Oct. 4, 1996, when the Rams kicked a 33-yard field goal to overtake the Blue Devils, who had the lead for all but four seconds, when Penns Valley capped a 95-yard march with the game winning kick.
Playing at State College due to Penns Valley rebuilding their home field, Bellwood-Antis was their own worst enemy, losing a fumble on the opening kickoff, getting one punt blocked and another tipped and allowing a Penns Valley offense, that had been dormant for much of the game to suddenly come alive to drive the entire field for the game-winning chip shot.
The Rams took advantage to score on the fumble for a 7-0 lead, but B-A responded with a TD in each of the first two quarters to take a 14-7 lead at halftime.
Don Lingenfelter set up his own one-yard TD by scampering 33 yards to the PV-one after a Steve Conlon to Jim Gwinn pass completion was good for 13 yards. Then on their next series, B-A drove 72 yards with Conlon hitting Gwinn with a 41-yard TD pass. Tim Noonan booted PAT kicks after each score for the 14-7 lead at intermission.
Penns Valley scored twice in the third quarter to attempt to bounce back into the lead. Two-point conversions after both scores were turned away with Gwinn coming up with interceptions on both PAT tries.
In between the two Ram scores, Conlon located Zack Fay all alone for a 38-yard TD pass and Noonan’s PAT kick gave the Blue Devils a 21-13 advantage.
With 2:04 to play and B-A leading 21-19, a Conlon pass attempt to a wide-open Fay was knocked down at the line of scrimmage and Penns Valley took over at their own five.
David Royer, the Rams quarterback, who had completed just two of 10 passes for 12 yards and one interception, suddenly completed three passes in a row for 52 yards to manuever the Rams into range for the field goal try, which with four ticks left on the clock lifted Penns Valley (3-3) into the win and spelled defeat for B-A who dropped to 2-4, on their way to a 4-6 mark, the first losing season for the Blue Devils under coach John Hayes since 1981.
Lingenfelter led all runners with 20 carries for 106 yards, while Conlon completed 11 of 15 for 115 yards, two TDs and no interceptions.