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Blue Devil junior high cruises past Trojans 37-14

The Bellwood-Antis junior varsity football team traveled to Mount Union on Thursday afternoon in a contest moved up from ascheduled 4:30 p.m. start to 2 p.m. The earlier start was becaise of the Blue Devils Homecoming game with Mount Union being moved to Thursday night because of what Hurricane Isabel might have done on Friday.
Mount Union did what the Blue Devils’ first two opponents could not do, but still fell to the undefeated Little Blue Devils 37-14. The Trojans became the first team to score on the Bellwood-Antis junior high, although the game was pretty much settled with B-A leading 29-0 before Mount Union was able to score.
Boe Latchford scored the first Blue Devil touchdown on a two-yard run and Josh Kleinfelter added the two-point rush, then Devon Clapper tallied the first of his three scores from two yards away, and Evan Hughes tallied the two-point PAT to give the B-A juniors a 16-0 advantage at halftime following a scoreless opening quarter.
In the third quarter, Clapper scored from scrimmage on a 34-yard run and on defense, running back an interception 50 yards. Evan Celmo booted the PAT kick following the interception return.
Mount Union scored once before the end of the third quarter and again in the fourth.
Bellwood-Antis put one more score on the board in the fourth quarter, when Kleinfelter bulled three yards for the TD and Tyler Elvey added the two-point run.
“Our very first drive took almost all of the first quarter, after Juniata Valley went three and out,” explained Bellwood-Antis coach Charlie Burch. We finally scored on the first play of the second quarter. “We struggled some, but pretty much had the game sewed up when we scored again and had the two score lead at the half. Then we took the second half kick and marched right down the field for a score and added the interception return and had a 3big 29-0 lead. We realized it was unreasonable to think every game would be a shutout, although some of the kids were talking about it. All three teams we have played have been better than they looked last year, but our first real test comes next Thursday when we play BG.”
The Bellwood-Antis junior high is back in action next Thursday at home against Bishop Guilfoyle. Game time is set for 6 p.m.