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On Oct. 17, 1953, Captain Jack Joint High School, of Mount Union, did what none of the Blue Devils’ first five opponents had been able to do-score. Undefeated Bellwood-Antis (6-0) gave up their first score of the season, but easily handled Captain Jack 37-6. With a third-quarter touchdown, the Trojans broke a string of 22 straight scoreless quarters by the B-A defense.
Captain Jack must have had bad dreams of Albert “Chub” Dillen running amuck after the Saturday game at Mount Union. Dillen scored four times from scrimmage and kicked one extra point to reach the 100-point total in scoring in the Blue Devils’ first six games.
Chub broke through the center of the line for eight yards and his first score. Then Max Kneidinger blocked a Captain Jack punt and Dillen smashed three yards for a TD.
In the second quarter, Bellwood-Antis began from the BA-20 after a Mount Union punt sailed into the endzone. Dillen raced 80 yards off right tackle for the quick score on the first play for his third six-pointer of the game.
Bob Bilka set up the next B-A score with a series of runs and then found Dean Campbell for a 30-yard touchdown pass.
Dillen then scored for the fourth time, taking the ball through center for his second 80-yard score, giving Chub 171 yards rushing on his four TDs alone.
Captain Jack then connected on a 46-yard touchdown pass for the season’s only score against the Blue Devil defense over the first six games of the year.
Bellwood-Antis rounded out the scoring when Dick Hummel tallied on a three yard smash to set the score for coach Elwood Petchel, who as a diminuitive scatback in his college days at Penn State had been called the “Flying Fragment.”
Bellwood-Antis (4-3) cranked up their most-productive offensive attack of the year at Houtzdale, trouncing Moshannon Valley 42-16 on Oct. 17, 1969. The Blue Devils continued an uphill climb for head coach Chet Dillen with their fourth straight win, after an 0-3 start.
Tim White shredded the Mo Valley defense for 136 yards rushing in 20 trips with the pigskin and quarterback Bo DelGrosso clicked on six of eight pass attempts for 101 yards for his second big game in a row. DelGrosso had completed nine of 16 for 172 yards through the air and added 113 yards rushing on 16 carries a week earlier in the Blue Devils 36-6 rout of previously undefeated Southern Huntingdon.
Chris Edmondson opened the scoring by bolting 19 yards late in the first quarter, after a pass interception by Jay McCaulley had set up the score.
A three touchdown salvo followed in the second quarter with White picking up the first one with a three-yard slant that capped a 71-yard march. Syrelle Shultz recovered a Mo Valley fumble at the MV-27 and DelGrosso slipped the last eight yards for the TD.
The Blue Devil defense forced the Knights to punt on the following series and then the B-A offense quickly moved for another score. DelGrosso completed a 13 yard pass to Ron Roulic and a key first down toss to Jeff Wilson before White bulled four yards for the TD and Edmondson tacked on the two-point run on the point-after.
Bellwood-Antis added a quick third-quarter score when DlGrosso connected with Edmondson for 15 yards and to Roulic for 24 more. White pounded the final nine yards for the TD and tjis time DelGrosso ran for the two-points.
After Mo Valley scored, B-A put their final Td on the board with Edmondson grabbing a 31-yard TD pass from DelGrosso and White adding the two-point conversion.
A Saturday contest against Northern Bedford at Roaring Spring Athletic Field provided a wakeup call for Bellwood-Antis on Oct. 17, 1987. B-A started slowly, then poured 34 points across the goal line i a 34-20 win over the Panthers.
Scott Boyer recovered a fumble to set the first score in motion and Bob Schmittle carried three times for 36 yards and Kevin Potts dashed the final eight yards to the one before senior fullback Joe Schmidt smashed in for the score.
After Northern tied the score, B-A marched 70 yards to take the lead again. Todd Hirt tossed passes to Mike DelGrosso for two forst downs and Schmittle had his number called four times for 25 yards, before Schmidt bounced off left tackle, slannted to the outside and ran 11 yards for his second TD of the night. Hirt passed to Schmittle for the two-points.
On the following kickoff, Gordy Darnell jarred the ball loose and Charlie Burch fell on the football at the NB-25. Potts got loose for 22 on the firt play and then scored the one-yard TD. Jim Decker booted the PAT.
B-A scored the first two times they got the ball in the second half to put the game out of reach. First, a 23-yard run by Jason Lamertino highlighted an eight-play drive capped by a 16-yard TD pass from Hirt to DelGrosso and Decker kicked the PAT. Then after Northern scored, to close to within 28-20, Bellwood-Antis ran a double reverse on the kickoff with Scott Mirabella taking the ball 69 yards to the NB-11. Schmittle picked up five before Mirabella had his number called twice, including the TD and a 34-20 win for coach John Hayes.

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Continuing their high scoring offensive game with their usual tough aggressive defense, Bellwood-Antis romped over Saxton-Liberty 53-0 on Oct. 10, 1953. This was the Blue Devils 14th win in 15 games in the series between the two schools. Today, Saxton-Liberty is part of the Tussey Mountain School District.
Once again, Bob Bilka led the Mainliner Express touchdown parade, scoring four times. Bilka blasted two yards for his first score, then dashed off tackle and sprinted 70 yards, before going around end for scoring jaunts of 43 and 47 yards. Bilka totaled 162 yards rushing just on the TDs and the Blue Devils piled up 312 yards on the ground, although exact individual totals were not recorded.
Dean Rossi fielded a Wildcat punt and raced 60 yards for a touchdown the very first time the Blue Devils touched the football.
Bilka tossed a 30-yard TD pass to Dean Campbell and Charlie McClellan capped the scoring with a pair of fourth-quarter scores on runs of 11 and 30 yards. Albert “Chub” Dillen kicked five extra points to give Chub the lead in the Blair County scoring race with 75, while Bilka pulled into second with his four-TD performance giving him 72.
Bellwood-Antis was 5-0 and on the way to back-to-back 10-0 seasons for head coach Elwood Petchel who went 20-0 at Bellwood before moving to the east to teach and coach at Pen Argyle. Petchel followed coaching legends Duke Burkholder and Earl Strohm at B-A and was assisted by Ted Delozier and George Guyer.
Bellwood-Antis lost a 7-0 decision to Saxton-Liberty on Oct. 10, 1958.
The Blue Devils were experiencing the one long sustained down era in B-A football history during 1958. A total of 24 games was played between a 21-7 Blue Devil win over Saxton-Liberty in 1956 and a 19-13 B-A victory over Robertsdale in 1959. All 24 were defeats and in 22 of those games in a row, the Blue Devils were shut out. Four of those shutouts, including the 1958 Saxton-Liberty game, were decided by one touchdown. Something always happened that left the Blue Devils on the short end.
The one highlight of the game was a 30-yard completion from junior Mickey Hummel to classmate Gary Day that carried to midfield.
Walt Galbreath was the head coach of the Blue Devils with George Guyer, former B-A football start Earl “Red” Henry and newcomer Bob Pearl as his assistants. Galbreath, who taught American and World history, was an Altoona grad who went into the army following graduation, then attended Shippensburg State Teachers College, before becoming Bald Eagle Area’s first football coach from 1952-1955. Prior to coming to Bellwood, Galbreath taught and coached at Coatesville in the east.
Pearl, who was from Waynesboro and had graduated from Shippensburg, taught commercial subjects at Bellwood.
Richard Shope and James Parks were student managers in 1958.
Bellwood-Antis celebrated their annual Homecoming on Oct. 10, 1980, at the expense of Northern Bedford as the Blue Devils won for the sixth time in seven games.
The passing of quarterback Butch Riggleman, healthy again after three weeks, and the running of junior tailback Steve Walker, who scored a trio of sixpointers, sent Homecoming Queen Tammy Johnson and the rest of the B-A fans home happy with a 40-6 bombing of the Panthers.
Walker, who rushed 19 times for 126 yards, scored on runs of 46 and one yards and grabbed a pass from Riggleman for 22 yards and his third score.
Riggleman also tossed a TD pass that covered 20 yards to Bob Buck and ended up with seven completions in a dozen throws for 112 yards and the two scores.
Todd Bookhamer smashed over for a one-yard touchdown and Dave Clark grabbed a 28-yard pass from Dave DiRoma for the final TD when the ball ricocheted off a Panther cornerback and fell into Clark’s arms in the endzone.
Present B-A coach John Hayes was in his first year as the head coach at Bellwood-Antis in 1980, and his coaching staff included Port Williams, Pat Finnochio and Ken Peterson. Todd Guyer and Darrell Claar coached the junior high program.

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Osceola Mills gave Bellwood-Antis quite a struggle early on Oct. 3, 1952, before the Blue Devils (4-0) came from behind to post an 18-6 win at Osceola Mills Memorial Stadium for B-A coach Earl Strohm.
The Indians of Osceola Mills tallied first on a 12-yard run from scrimmage for the first touchdown of the ballgame. This was also the first six-pointer anybody had scored against the Blue Devil defense, which had shut out Tyrone (19-0), Moshannon (38-0) Joint and Huntingdon (6-0) to start the season.
From that point however, it became “the Chub Dillen Show.” Chub circled right end for a 10-yard touchdown in the second period to knot the score at 6-6 and scored on a two-yarder in the third quarter. Finally in the fourth quarter, behind some beautiful blocking from his teammates, Dillen dashed 18 yards for his third TD of the contest for an 18-6 victory.
Although the two teams were tied in first downs with 10 each, Bellwood-Antis outgained Osceola Mills 208-113 in rushing and completed one pass to Osceola’s none.
Don Garman, the only B-A starter back from the undefeated 1951 team, was lost for the season a week earlier fracturing his wrist in the Huntingdon game.
This was the 30th straight regular season win for Bellwood-Antis, going back to a loss to a 14-0 loss to Dubois, coached by former B-A coaching legend Duke Burkholder, in the middle of the 1949 season. Strohm took over for Burkholder in 1949 after serving as Duke’s assistant in 1947 and 1948 and posted a 38-4 mark over four years at Bellwood.
Bellwood-Antis whipped Moshannon Valley 23-6 on Oct. 3, 1986 on a Bellwood Memorial Stadium field that was very wet at gametime ended and up with a downpour by game’s end.
Despite the wet field and rainy conditions, sophomore quarterback Todd Hirt completed six of eight passes for 95 yards, including a 14-yard TD pass to Shawn Bailey.
Hirt connected with Bailey for a 57-yard blast that set up the Blue Devils first score, a two-yard run by senior tailback Jack Dorminy, who led all runners with 172 yards on 15 carries.
The B-A defense limited Moshannon Valley to just 36 yards rushing and 50 passing. In addition, Galen McCloskey recovered a fumble and Chris Moore, Bob Schmittle, and Chet Gallagher.
After a bad snap on an attempted punt cost Moshannon a safety, B-A took just two plays to score following the free kick. Dorminy picked up 18 yards on the first play and then got loose for the 57-yard TD. Bailey, who kicked the PAT after the first score took a direct snap and ran for the two-point conversion and a 17-0 lead
In the third quarter, with just about everybody getting in the act, B-A moved 63 yards to score. Hirt tossed a four-yard TD pass to Bailey for the TD.
Undefeated Penns Valley pushed over two fourth-quarter scores on Oct. 4, 1991, to spoil the Blue Devils’ Homecoming with a 14-0 decision over Bellwood-Antis.
The night was clear and cold and for three quarters, it looked like the Blue Devils of coach John Hayes, might send Queen Mindy Baker and the B-A Homecoming crowd home with a victory over the undefeated Rams.
Offensive highlights were few and far between for Bellwood-Antis, who looked at times as if they should have stayed at home and mailed in the results. That is, if they could have found the correct zipcode.
Karl Montanaro bulled for 20 yards on the first play after the Blue Devils found themselves beginning a second-quarter series at their own one-yard line. Jamie Bollinger turned a quarterback option upfield for a gain of 30 yards to the PV-34, the deepest penetration of the night for B-A. That was about it as far as highlights went however.
The B-A defense was another story on that night, shutting out the high-powered Rams for three quarters and holding them 90 yards below their per-game average with only 130 yards rushing.
Penns Valley did finally manage to put points on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter. The Rams marched 61 yards, beginning in the third quarter before scoring the TD two minutes into the final stanza, then putting together a 62 yard drive for their final TD.
Bellwood-Antis would finish 6-4 for coach Hayes in 1991, the first time since 1981 that the Blue Devils lost more than three games.

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Bellwood-Antis (3-1) handed highly-touted Jersey Shore their first loss of the season 18-6, on Sept. 26, 1947, at Jersey Shore.
Harold “Pete” Gleichert recovered a Bulldog fumble on Shore’s first series from scrimmage to set up a first-quarter score. Roy Pickens tossed a 13-yard pass to Harry Campbell, who along with Harold “Bus” Carr was a co–captain for Duke Burkholder for the touchdown.
Jersey Shore came back to tie the score, taking advantage of a pass interception they returned to the BA-40.
Late in the second quarter, the Blue Devils halted a Jersey Shore threat that carried to the BA-6 and promptly turned around and marched 94 yards to paydirt themselves. On the opening play of the drive, Pickens ran wide around the right end for a 20-yard scamper. Three plays later Pickens connected with Bob Sitman for a 55-yard TD pass that gave the Blue Devils a 12-6 halftime lead.
In the fourth quarter, Gleichert came up with another Shore miscue, an interception this time at the BA-43. The Bulldogs held, but moved “out of the frying pan into the fire,” when Campbell intercepted a Jersey Shore pass attempt and loped 25 yards into the endzone for the final score of the game.
Pickens carried 16 times for 100 yards and completed two of seven passes for another 73 yards and two scores.
It didn’t take long for the Williamsburg Blue Pirates to put a score on the board against Bellwood-Antis on Sept. 26, 1969. That was the Pirates’ first points of the season after getting shut out three straight times, and the B-A defense wouldn’t allow them any more in a 36-8 Blue Devil win.
In a battle of two winless schools, Bellwood-Antis used a punishing overland attack that amassed over 300 yards rushing to crack the victory column for the first time in 1969 for head coach Chet Dillen.
B-A dug in and stopped another scoring attempt by Williamsburg on the BA-6, shifted gears and drove 94 yards for the tying score. Chris Edmondson sprinted 30 yards for the TD with just 2:24 left in the opening quarter and quarterback Bo DelGrosso tacked on the two-point PAT rush.
The Blue Devil defense pilfered four Williamsburg passes and turned three of them into points.
Ray Miller intercepted one in the second period to set the B-A up at the Pirate-30. Two plays later, DelGrosso hit Jeff Wilson with a 24-yard TD pitch and rushed for his second two-pointer.
Minutes later, it was Todd Guyer intercepting a Williamsburg pass at the W-Burg-45. DelGrosso darted through the middle for the distance for the TD on the first call from scrimmage.
With a 22-0 lead at halftime, Bellwood-Antis quickly rolled 51 yards to begin the third quarter for another TD. Guyer slammed in from the one for the six-pointer and a 28-0 lead.
The Blue Devils final tally came following an interception by Mike Hoffer. Edmondson scored his second TD of the game blasting in from a yard away and then grabbed a two-point conversion pass from DelGrosso.
After being outscored 102-20 in their first three games of the season, Bellwood-Antis traveled to Indiana County on Sept. 26, 1981 to finally win a ballgame. B-A vanquished Marion Center 34-14 on a warm Saturday afternoon 1:30 p.m. start, to get second-year coach John Hayes his first win after absorbing losses to Penns Valley (18-0), Tyrone (37-0) and Northern Cambria (47-20).
The Blue Devils used a devastating two-prong offense consisting of senior Steve Walker and junior John Youngkin.
Walker carried the pigskin 25 times and responded with 189 yards, including touchdown runs of three, 15 and 89 yards. Youngkin had his number called just seven times, but scampered for TD runs of 88 and 37 yards o his way to 195 yards rushing.
Sophomore placekicker Tim Kovac punctuated four of the five scores with successful PAT kicks.
The previously nonexistent Blue devil defense turned in a credible job in shackling Marion Center to just 100 yards total offense and denying the Yellow Jackets the endzone until B-A had a comfortable 20-0 lead, which they kept adding on to.