Huntingdon edges Eagles in junior high football

The Tyrone junior high football team won the battle at Huntingdon on Thursday evening, but lost the war.
Huntingdon used a second-quarter score and PAT to edge the Little Eagles 7-6 in Mountain Athletic Conference junior high action.
Tyrone scored first when Jeremy Barlett capped a first-quarter drive by blasting in for a one-yard score. The all-important two-point conversion was unsuccessful however.
Huntingdon was able to drive for a score of their own in the second quarter to tie the score. The Little Bearcats then kicked the extra point to take a 7-6 lead, which they were able to carry throughout the second half.
Barlett had a dozen carries for 60 yards, including the Eagles’ only score. Mark Mingle added five carries for 20 yards and Levi Reihart had five carries for 21 yards. Kyle Updike completed one of three passes for Tyrone, with his one connection going to Johnny Shaffer for a total of 30 yards.
Tyrone pushed the ball up and down the field and controlled most of the second-half action, but weren’t able to push the pigskin in for a score.
Fighting the Bearcats and the clock, Tyrone drove from their own 20-yard line to the Huntingdon-15 with the seconds ticking down in the fourth quarter, but weren’t able to complete two last-second passes and the Eagles ran out of time.
“We came so close to getting a score, after pretty much dominating the second half,” said Tyrone coach Dan Plummer. “This was a close game, we played much better today. I was a little displeased with the outcome of the game. But this gives us something to build on. We need to come together as a team and give a good effort on every play.”
The Tyrone junior high (0-3) will travel to Lewistown on Thursday, Sept. 22 for their next action. Game time will be 6 p.m.