This week in Blue Devil Football

Home for the third straight week to start the 1969 football season, Bellwood-Antis faced a Class B opponent for the first time in the season after losing to a pair of Class A foes in Tyrone 34-14 and Penn Cambria 20-0.
Although the result was the same, the Blue Devils had their best offensive performance of the year in a 26-12 loss to West Branch on Sept. 19, 1969.
Sophomore Jim Nolan moved into the starting lineup at right guard for coach Chet Dillen, replacing Jay McCaulley, who shifted over to play left tackle. Dillen noted that he is pleased with the play of the sophomores in the lineup and may be moving more into the starting 11 in the near future if they continue to improve.
Bellwood-Antis picked themselves up after trailing 14-0 with a 74-yard march for a score just before halftime. Senior quarterback Bo DelGrosso scrambled 52 yards on a bootleg for the score.
West Branch tacked on another score in the third quarter and came up with a big defensive play, shaking loose the ball to stop a Blue Devils drive at the WB-20.
The two schools then traded TDs in the fourth quarter with Bellwood-Antis striking first. Tim White capped a 74-yard drive with a 10-yard TD run with 8:21 remaining. B-A actually chalked up more first downs 13-12, but ended up on the short end of the score by two TDs.
Dillen was helped by Bob Fowler and new assistant Darrell Claar, who in the winter began the school’s first wrestling program.
Junior tailback Steve Walker led Bellwood-Antis to a 24-6 victory over West Branch on Sept. 19, 1980.
Walker pounded in scores from four and five yards out for a pair of short touchdown runs, used his open field ability to scoot 22 yards for a third score and also grabbed a pass from Blue Devil quarterback Dave DiRoma for a 42 yard hookup to tally all of the points in the game.
DiRoma, filling in injured starter Butch Riggleman, completed six of nine tosses, including the TD pitch to Walker, for 89 yards and no interceptions. The Blue Devils had been intercepted eight times in the previous two ballgames.
Walker carried the ball 23 times for 114 yards and Jim Dorminy added 72 yards on a dozen carries for head coach John Hayes in his first year at Bellwood-Antis.
On Sept. 19, 1997, Bellwood-Antis rolled Southern Huntingdon from the ranks of the undefeated 26-16.
Playing at Southern Huntingdon, the Blue Devils moved the ball, but kept shooting themselves in the foot in the first half. The Rockets couldn’t stop B-A all night. Every Blue Devil series ended up with either a touchdown or B-A turnover.
Jeremy Guyer, who rushed 20 times for 110 yards rushed twice for 20 yards to begin the first scoring drive. Then after taking turns carrying the ball with Don Lingenfelter, Guyer slammed in for the first of three TDs from the two-yard line to cut Southern’s lead to 8-6.
B-A which limited the Rockets to 46 yards rushing and 50 passing in the second half, stuffed Southern Huntingdon’s first try on offense in the third quarter and marched 72 yards for a score. Matt Miller completed passes to Josh Hayes for 14 yards, Dan Tubbs for 22, Jim Gwinn for 11 and Guyer accounted for 25 yards on four carries, including the four-yard TD.
Tim Tyler came with his third interception in two weeks and returned the pick 26 yards to the SH-19. Miller tossed a nine-yard connection to Hayes and three caries by Guyer, the last for the three-yard score put Bellwood-Antis into a 19-16 lead with the PAT kick by Tubbs.
Southern marched to the BA-28, where the Blue Devils took over and turned around to march 72 yards for their final score.
B-A used five different ballcarriers to deliver the final punch with Hayes notching the 11-yard TD and Tubbs adding the extra point kick.

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This week in Blue Devil football

Bellwood-Antis opened the 1942 season with a game Bigler Township on Sept. 12, 1942. With World War II raging, B-A head coach Bob Killen, faculty manager Charles Hetrick and assistant football coach and head basketball coach Lew Myers all were lost to the school while serving in the armed forces.
New head coach Lemont “Duke” Burkholder began his tenure at Bellwood-Antis with a 25-7 victory over Bigler. Burkholder would coach at Bellwood from 1942 through the 1948 season and compiled an overall 55-13-2 mark before going on to coach and teach at Dubois High School. After a 5-5 mark in 1942, Burkholder went 50-8-2 from 1943 to 1948.
The Blue Devils blocked two Township punts and both led to touchdowns as Bellwood-Antis triumphed over the team Bigler Township, from Madera.
Bellwood-Antis marched to the Bigler-17, but lost the ball on a fumble. The Blue Devils held and forced a punt, which the B-A defense blocked. Mike Rodgers raced around end for the first score.
In the second quarter, Bigler fumbled and the Blue Devils recovered. Joe Garman swept around end on the first play for the six-pointer and then added the PAT kick.
Midway through the third period, after Bellwood-Antis converted three successive first downs, Steve Hatfield, one of the best all-around athletes ever from Bellwood, rambled for another score. Later in that same period, the Blue Devil defense blocked their second punt and recovered at the Bigler-30.
Dale Wolfkill finished off the scoring for Bellwood-Antis by scooting in for the touchdown. Bigler added their only score in the fourth quarter to set the final score
A crowd of nearly 4,000 witnessed the Blue Devils game against Tyrone at Gray Field on Sept. 12, 1952. Bellwood-Antis won for the 27th consecutive without a loss, turning the Eagles away 19-0.
In an eight o’clock start, the Blue Devils jumped on a Tyrone fumble on the second play of the game to get things started. Five plays later, sophomore fullback Albert “Chub” Dillen slipped in from the one to give the B-A “Main Line Express” a jump start. Dillen also had a 15-yard gain during the series.
Still in the opening quarter, Don Clark recovered a Tyrone fumble at the Eagles-20. Three plays later, Dillen hooked up with senior end Dean Campbell with a jump pass for eight yards and the Blue Devils’ second TD. Clark circled right end for the PAT and a 13-0 advantage.
Tyrone mounted one serious scoring threat in the first half, marching to the BA-10 before again coughing up the football on another fumble.
In the third quarter, Jim Fetterman intercepted a Tyrone pass at the Eagles-25. Clark fired a jump pass to Campbell that took the ball to the T-2. From there, Dillen bucked over the right side for his second TD of the night.
Tyrone drove to the B-A 25 late in the fourth quarter, but lost the ball on downs.
Bellwood-Antis scored a pair of late TDs on Sept. 12, 1997 to pull away from Bishop Guilfoyle 20-7.
The Marauders scored in the first quarter and the Blue Devils tied the score in the second for a 7-7 draw at the half.
Jeremy Guyer, who led all rushers with 173 yards on 31 carries, had his number called three times for 41 yards to lead a second-quarter drive and B-A quarterback Matt Miller found tight end Zack Fay behind the Marauder defenders for a 23-yard TD pass. Tim Noonan’s PAT tied the score.
Junior cornerback Tim Tyler had a hand in setting up both fourth-quarter scores for the Blue Devils.
With the game-clock beginning to run down, Bishop Guilfoyle began to take to the air to try and get the lead. Tyler stepped in front of a Marauder pass attempt and returned the pick 31 yards to the BG-15. Guyer had his number called all four times, including the two-yard TD for a 13-7 advantage.
Minutes later, it was Tyler to the rescue again, intercepting a pass at midfield and returning it to the BG-14. Guyer sealed the win with a nine-yard TD rush and Noona’s PAT kick made it 20-7.
Bellwood-Antis under coach John Hayes was 10-3 in 1997, winning the District VI-AA title and losing to eventual state champ Sharpsville in the last minute of the PIAA W estern Semifinal

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This week in Blue Devil Football

Bellwood-Antis ended an eight-year famine against backyard rival Tyrone on Sept. 6, 1974 in the season opener for both teams at Gray Field. The 20-0 win represented the first Blue Devil victory in the series since 1965 and was the highest point total for B-A in the series since a 36-7 win in 1954.
Senior signal caller Gary Hribik set the tone for the rest of the game when he returned the opening kickoff 63 yards and then fired a 14-yard TD pass to Pat McGinnis three plays later. Hribik would throw a pair of TD passes and score one himself on a one-yard fourth-quarter plunge.
Tyrone drove to the BA-18 late in the opening quarter, but their offense sputtered there and Bellwood-Antis took over on downs as the first quarter ended.
The Blue Devils had another chance to add to their lead in the second quarter, marching to the Tyrone-9, but lost a chance to score when Hribik was pulled down for a nine-yard loss on a fourth-down quarterback sack by the Eagles.
Tyrone committed four costly miscues, turning the ball over to the Blue Devils twice on fumbles and twice on pass interceptions to help grease the win.
In the third quarter, Rick Butterbaugh boomed a 53-yard punt to put the Golden Eagles in the hole and Miles Endress pounced on a Tyrone fumble at the T-7. Hribik, an ambidextrous quarterback, who could throw the football with either hand with nearly equal skill, missed two straight right-handed throws, then connected with Joe Orolin on a left-handed toss for the TD.
Tyrone threatened three times in the final quarter, but the Blue Devil defense with help from Tyrone errors was able to rise to the occasion. Joe DelGrosso recovered a fumble and Carl Crider and Orolin came up with interceptions to stop the other threats.
Jerry Taylor led the Blue Devils with 59 yards rushing on 15 carries for head coach Mike Hoffer, in the final season of a five-year tenure coaching at his alma mater, where he had been acknowledged First Team All-State in 1950. McGinnis added 42 yards on 14 carries.
Bellwood-Antis hammered Southern Huntingdon 34-7 on Sept. 6, 1986, at the losers’ home field.
Doing what John Hayes-coached teams do best, The Blue Devils lined them up and knocked them down in a perfect example of power football, combining a time-consuming, grind’em up ground game with just the right mixture of a big play offense.
The fans had barely settled back in their seats when Bob Noye rambled 54 yards on the fourth play of the game to set up the first of three scores by Donny “Booker” Moore. Then on the first call of the second quarter, Adam Claar scampered 59 yards for a quick TD strike. In the third stanza, Claar dashed 27 yards and then two plays later, fullback Scott Clapper bulled his way up the middle and rumbled 27 yards for another TD.
B-A quarterback Don Park didn’t have to pass often completing three of five passes, but kept several series alive with key completions, hitting two tosses to Claar for 35 yards and another to Bill Burch for 20 yards.
Moore scored on four, five and one-yard runs while adding 75 yards on 23 carries. Claar rushed for a game-high 101 yards on just four carries.
The B-A defense, led by Noye, Sean Riley, Jim Degennaro, Ken Young and others limited the Rockets to a late score after the Blue Devils had a 34-0 lead and just 27 yards net rushing and 146 yards total offense, while the B-A offense was putting up 34 points and 402 yards total offense.
Bellwood-Antis battled back from a 21-7 deficit on Sept. 6. 1991 to defeat Chestnut Ridge 27-21.
B-A sophomore tailback Comanche Garcia scored from nine yards out to climax a comeback surge that lifted the Blue Devils over the Lions at Fishertown.
Down 7-0 in the first quarter, the Blue Devil defense put a score on the board when defensive end Jeff Grassmyer deflected a pass into the hands of teammate Ricky Noonan, who raced 32 yards for the six-pointer. Dave Endress’ PAT boot knotted the score at 7-7.
Bellwood-Antis wasn’t able to manage another score until Chestnut Ridge was leading 21-7 in the third quarter.
In explaining the first half defense, B-A coach John Hayes explained, “we held them, we held them, we held them and then ‘boom!’ they would complete a pass for a first down and we had to start all over again.” Ridge quarterback Ryan Emerick completed 11 of 22 passes for 221 yards overall and pestered the B-A defense for 176 of those yards in the first half. After the half, B-A adjusted to allow just 45 yards passing over the final two quarters and limited Ridge to a -16 yards rushing.
Bellwood-Antis recovered a fumbled punt at the CR-17 in the third period. Four plays later, Frank Pulcinello bulled into the endzone for a TD and B-A was back in business.
Troy Lardieri got his third big punt return of the night to set up shop at the Lions-29 and after Pulcinello ripped off a 13-yard gain, Karl Montanaro carried three straight times, including the eight-yard TD.
Chestnut Ridge lost five yards on the first two calls on the following series and Grassmyer sacked Emerick for a loss of seven more on third down. The punter tried to run for a first down on fourth and long and Grassmyer played off a block and made the tackle for a three-yard loss to give B-A the ball at the CR-27.
Montanaro powered for 10 yards and a first down and Garcia completed the comeback from nine yards away to give B-A the victory.

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