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This week in Blue Devil football

By BOB MILLER
Daily Herald Sports Editor
Bellwood-Antis played Greenfield Township of Claysburg on Nov. 8, 1941. This was a Saturday game, instead of the usual Armistice Day date for the game the previous two years. In 1939, the two schools played on Saturday Nov. 11, and in 1940, the BA-Greenfield Township game was played on Monday, Nov. 11.
Greenfield Township was the only Western Conference Class B and Inter-County Conference team that was undefeated in 1941, while Bellwood-Antis was 3-4 with two straight wins to get close to the .500 mark.
Bellwood-Antis was very hot on that afternoon upsetting the previously unbeaten and unscored on Bulldogs 19-0. The big Blue Devil win threw both conferences into a big free-for-all with remaining games deciding titles everybody had supposed were personal property of Greenfield Township.
Bellwood-Antis scored early when John Rowan raced 64 yards for the first touchdown scored against the Greenfield defense all year. Greenfield Township fumbled the following kickoff and Joe Garman capped a short drive with a 19-yard score.
Playing opportunistic defense, Bellwood-Antis blocked a punt in the second quarter and recovered the ball at the GT-30. Jim Walters climaxed a seven-play march by diving over the goal line for the final TD of the game. Garman booted the ball through the uprights for an extra point and coach Bob Killen and assistants Lew Myers and Tim Nolan and the Blue Devils had evened their record at 4-4.
Greenfield Township defeated Saxton-Liberty the next week 18-12, and Bellwood-Antis knocked off Williamsburg 13-0. With their win, Greenfield Township did manage to hang onto the Inter-County crown, but Bellwood-Antis won the Western Conference.
On Nov. 8, 1947, Bellwood-Antis won their ninth straight game of the season after opening with a 14-0 loss to Tyrone, smashing Beaverdale 39-6, for head coach Lemont “Duke” Burkholder and assistants Lew Myers and newcomer Earl Strohm. In his first year on Burkholder’s staff, Strohm would replace Duke when Burkholder took a coaching job at Dubois in 1949. B-A had lost only two games of their last 38 and both had been to Tyrone (19-14 in 1945 and 14-0 in 1947)
The weather was a little cold, but the Blue Devils play melted the ice. Harry Campbell led the way on offense with for touchdowns behind a hard-charging line led by Earl Henry, Buss Carr, Tommy Conrad and Alton McCaulley.
Campbell put the finishing touches to the first scoring drive with a five-yard run for the TD and Bob Sitman kicked the PAT. Tommy Conrad recovered a first-quarter fumble at the Beavers-21. Campbell rushed for the six-pointer by diving in from the three-yard line.
Buss Carr forced a short Beaverdale punt to get the ball back. Roy Pickens, one of just two Blue Devils in school history to gain 1,000 yards both running and passing in his high school career, rambled 16 yards to the B-dale-25 on the final play of the first quarter.
A five-yard penalty moved the Blue Devils back, but Sitman made 15 yards on a reverse. Gerry Treese rumbled for 10 yards and then Campbell picked up his third TD from a foot out.
From there, the reserves would get a lot of playing time for Bellwood-Antis the rest of the game.
Len Hummel stopped a Beaverdale drive with an acrobatic one-handed interception and the first half ended 19-0.
In the third quarter, a fumble recovery by Carr at the Beaverdale-26 gave the Blue Devils excellent field position. Four plays later, Pickens slammed four yards for the TD and Sitman added the extra point kick.
Car picked off a pass and returned the interception to the Beavers-22. Beaverdale stopped B-A on that drive, but on the first play from scrimmage on the following series, Alton McCaulley fell on a fumble at the Beaverdale-10. Campbell added his fourth score of the night and Sitman’s PAT kick gave the Blue Devils a 33-0 lead.
A B-A fumble was recovered at the Blue Devils-21 and Beaverdale put their lone TD on the board.
The B-A reserves came right back with the final tally of the contest. A trio of Len Hummel to Jack Cody aerials and the running of Gene “Mouse” Moore highlighted the series with Moore rounding end for the 14-yard score.
On Nov. 8. 1985, Bellwood-Antis copped the Mid-Penn Conference crown with a 28-8 win over Northern Bedford at Bellwood Memorial Stadium.
A very tough Blue Devil defense would hand the ball to the B-A offense on three fumbles and an interception to shortenthe field for Bellwood-Antis.
B-A lineman Jim DeGennaro recovered the first miscue at the BA-35. Bob Noye bulled for five yards to start the march. Don “Booker” More scampered for 29 yards and then Jack Dorminy burst over the right for 13 more. Adam Claar picked up eight and then Moore, who rushed for 115 yards on 18 carries, scored from the three. Shawn Bailey booted a perfect placement for a quick 7-0 advantage.
Northern Bedford ran only one play and Adam Claar fell on a fumble at the NB-35. Booker Moore capped a five-play drive with a four-yard TD and Bailey’s PAT stretched the early lead to 14-0.
Northern marched 61 yards on the next series, but came away with nothing, when Moore intercepted a trick halfback pass.
Midway through the third quarter, Bellwood-Antis took over following a punt at their own 29. Moore picked up 23 yards on four carries, Dorminy 17 on two cracks and Noye went 13 yards to pick up a big first down. Moore cracked over from the seven for his 25th TD of the year.
Despite the scoring, the Blue Devils moved at will some times and seemed half-asleep at others. B-A woke up again to drive 64 yards in 10 plays. Claar picked up 19 yards on three carries, including the seven-yard TD and Bailey added the PAT kick.
Northern Bedford attempted to get back into the contest late, but senior Mark Zabinski stopped the drive with an interception for the Blue Devils, who improved their recrd to 11-0 for coach John Hayes.

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this week in blue devil football

By BOB MILLER
Daily Herald Sports Editor
Football victories had been coming pretty easily for Bellwood-Antis back in 1951, but on Nov. 2, 1951, Hollidaysburg gave the Blue Devils all they could handle before succumbing 12-6 for Bellwood-Antis’ 26th straight win over a three-year period. The game was played on Friday on a waterlogged Hollidaysburg football field. Hollidaysburg actually did score a second touchdown late in the game, but it was called back on a penalty. The Golden Tigers were detected having 12 men on the field nullifying the TD.
Don Roth circled end for a five-yard score that capped a long 90-yard march in the second quarter.
Hollidaysburg countered with their only score of the game in the third quarter to temporarily knot the game at 6-6.
Roth went around end again in the fourth quarter for 25 yards to climax a 68-yard drive for the game-winner.
B-A Coach Earl Strohm and assistant coaches Wally Fields and George Guyer finished the 1951 season 10-0 but lost the Inter-County Conference championship game to undefeated Beaverdale 14-7. Beaverdale had outscored all opposition 283-6 during the regular season.
This was the third game in the BA-Hollidaysburg series with the two schools tying 7-7 in 1949 and Bellwood-Antis shutting out the Tigers 24-0 in 1950.
After a three-game losing skid, Bellwood-Antis (5-3-1) finally put all the pieces together on Oct. 2, 1974 to post their fifth win and sixth defensive shutout of the season (including a 0-0 tie with Penn Cambria) to defeat Claysburg-Kimmel 26-0. With only a date a week later against undefeated Portage, this win assured the Blue Devils of coach Mike Hoffer and assistants Steve Hayes and Darrell Claar, a winning record.
Welcoming veteran quarterback Gary Hribik back to the lineup after two weeks off with an injury, the Blue Devils punched in a score in each quarter, with hard-running fullback Jerry Taylor scoring every one and Hribik firing a two-point conversion pass to fellow senior Joe DelGrosso to complete the scoring.
B-A asserted themselves early scoring on their first offensive series, going 55 yards for the score. Hribik fired a 34-yard pass to Joe Orolin for the big play and Taylor bulled in for the one-yard touchdown.
In the second quarter, after thwarting a Bulldog threat that carried to the BA-25, Bellwood-Antis promptly turned around and drove 75 yards for a score.
Taylor, who finished the game with 135 yards on 32 carries, had his number called on all but one play in the drive. That one play was a pass from Hribik to Orolin that covered 21 yards. Taylor dove in from the one and Hribik hit DelGrosso with the two-pointer.
B-A drove 65 yards following a Claysburg-Kimmel punt in nine plays for their third-quarter score. Hribik, who completed eight of 16 pass attempts for 156 yards, kept the drive alive with completions of 34 yards to Tom Jackson and an important 15-yard connection on fourth down to Orolin that moved the sticks for a first down. Taylor bolted the final five yards for the TD.
The gritty Blue Devil defense stopped Claysburg-Kimmel once again after the Bulldogs had driven to the BA-20 in the fourtgh quarter. Once again, the Bellwood-Antis offense took over for the “D” to drive the ditsnce down the field for their final tally of the game.
Taylor carries 10 times, including the final six yards for the TD.
Bellwood-Antis defeated Glendale 37-14 on Nov.2 to complete the 1984 football season for coach John Hayes.
The Blue Devils scored on their first drive moving 73 yards in 11 plays and was capped by a one-yard plunge by Jim Woodring, who carried 15 times for 54 yards and scored a pair of TDs. Still in the opening quarter, Bellwood-Antis tailback Don “Booker” Moore scored on a three-yard crack that was set up by a 48-yard pass play from quarterback Paul Caracciolo to Steve Miller that put the ball at the Viking-2. Caracciolo completed four of 14 passes for 131 yards with one TD and one interception.

With five minutes left in the half, Miller boomed 34-yard field goal. In the closing minute of the second quarter, Caracciolo found Miller all alone for a 43-yard TD pass.
In the third quarter, Moore added a 33-yard jaunt after Glendale got on the board with two TDs.
Woodring capped the scoring in the final quarter blasting in for his second Td from three yards away.
Miller caught two passes for 91 yards and one touchdown, booted four of five extra points and a field goal that at the time was a school record for distance.
This game was covered by Sports Correspondent Bob Miller, but never appeared in the newspaper. There was no Saturday, Nov. 3, 1984, or Monday Nov. 5, 1984 Daily Herald published due to problems with the presses and by Tuesday, it was determined to be news too old to include.