MAC teams seem ready to roll with high-powered peformances

On the outside, the high-powered performances last Friday of Nittany Division teams like Tyrone, Bellwood-Antis and Philipsburg-Osceola are signals that any early-season glitches in the matrixes of their offensive machinery may finally be working out.
The Blue Devils rolled up a season-high rushing total in a win over Bald Eagle Area, while the Eagles and Mounties each rang up season-high point totals.
But all was not well for three of the division’s biggest winners, especially when you look further down on the statistics ledger and see that the teams were major contributors to a pattern in the division of mishandling the football at an alarming rate.
Bellwood-Antis alone turned the ball over six times in a 29-14 win that should never have been as close as the final score indicated. P-O turned the ball over two more times in a 28-0 win over Penns Valley, continuing a trend that has produced eight Mountie turnovers in three games.
The capper has been Tyrone’s tendency to put the ball on the ground through the first third of the season. Including the Eagles’ two lost fumbles last week against Lewistown, Tyrone has turned the ball over six times in the first three games, a total right in the vicinity of what some of coach John Franco’s championship teams did in entire seasons.
It wasn’t limited to the league’s top teams, either. Penns Valley had four turnovers, giving the Rams 10 on the season, and Bald Eagle had three.
Bishop Guilfoyle had the fewest turnovers, giving the ball up just one time on the road against Delone Catholic in a game the Marauders won 15-14.
Following Penns Valley’s third consecutive loss – a 28-0 pummeling at the hands of previously winless Philipsburg-Osceola – Valley’s positive statistics were quite telling in and of themselves.
The Rams accumulated six first downs, rushed for 81 yards and completed seven passes. And while those figures don’t seem all that special, consider that they were all season-highs for Penns Valley, a team that’s scored only one touchdown this season and has been beaten by no fewer than 28 points each time out.
The Rams’ previous high in first downs was one, while their rushing high was 16 yards against Bellwood-Antis.
Bellefonte took care of business last week with a 21-13 victory over Huntingdon, ensuring that the MAC would see its first true showdown of the season tonight when the 3-0 Red Raiders host 3-0 Clearfield at Rogers Stadium in a game that will establish the tenor of the Seven Mountains Division for the remainder of the season.
Bellefonte’s defense has allowed only 20 points in three games, but against Clearfield the Raiders will be facing the top passing offense in District 9.
That should come as no surprise. For the last three seasons, Tenner Kelly had his way with the Bison’s District 9 opponents, but his graduation made room for junior Andrew Janocko, who has passed for 510 yards and two touchdowns with a 66.6 percent completion percentage.
Bellefonte, meanwhile, is surrendering 94 yards per game through the air, and has allowed just one passing touchdown while intercepting five.
It’s been five years since the Raiders opened the season 3-0, but even after that promising start in 2000 Bellefonte dropped a Week 4 game to Tyrone and then finished 7-3 and on the outside of the District 6-AAA championship picture.
It’s been even longer – 1986 – since Bellefonte has won a conference championship. Already sitting 120 points ahead of their nearest competitor in the District 6 standings, the Red Raiders could take a big step towards both with a win over perennial power Clearfield.
With his electrifying 20-carry, 278-yard performance in Bellwood-Antis’ 29-14 win last week over Bald Eagle Area, Josh Kleinfelter easily walked away with week-high rushing yardage honors in the Nittany Division. The Blue Devil junior also added three touchdowns and outdistanced the nearest competitor – Tyrone’s Brinton Mingle – by more 169 yards.
In the same game, BEA’s Camdin Crouse completed 10 of 22 passes for 212 yards, making him the division’s Week 3 single-game passing leader.
Tyrone’s Trey Brockett was the division’s leading receiver, hauling in two passes for 79 yards and a touchdown in the Golden Eagles’ 47-6 win over Lewistown.
2005 MAC Nittany Division
Statistical Leaders

1. Tyrone 714
2. Bellwood-Antis 638
3.Bishop Guilfoyle 458
4. Bald Eagle Area 359
5. Philipsburg-Osceola 314
6. Penns Valley 87
1. Bald Eagle Area 396
2. Tyrone 381
3. Bellwood-Antis 315
4. Bishop Guilfoyle 283
5. Philipsburg-Osceola 245
6. Penns Valley 65
Total Offense
1. Tyrone 1,095
2. Bellwood-Antis 933
3. Bishop Guilfoyle 768
4. Bald Eagle Area 755
5. Philipsburg-Osceola 556
6. Penns Valley 152
Yards Allowed
Rush Pass Total
1. Tyrone 158 272 430
2. BG 372 174 542
3. P-O 354 193 547
4. B-A 218 364 582
5. BEA 480 226 706
6Penns Valley 553 311 864
Scoring Offense/Per Game
Tyrone 35.0
Bellwood-Antis 26.7
Bald Eagle Area 19.3
Bishop Guilfoyle 13.7
Philipsburg-Osceola 13.3
Penns Valley 2.3
Scoring Defense
Tyrone 8.3
Philipsburg-Osceola 9.0
Bald Eagle Area 14.7
Bellwood-Antis 15.0
Bishop Guilfoyle 19.7
Penns Valley 32.7
Rushing Yardage
1. Josh Kleinfelter, B-A 486
2. Brinton Mingle, T 308
3.Nick Perehnic, BG 225
Passing Yardage
1. Camdin Crouse, BEA 396
2. Leonard Wilson, T 372
3. Kyle Drost, B-A 315
Receiving Yardage
1. Trey Brockett, T 204
2. David Immel, BEA 186
3. Dan Kovac, B-A 137
TD XP1 XP2 FG Total
1. Josh Kleinfelter, B-A
7 0 0 0 42
2.Brinton Mingle, T
6 0 0 0 36
3. Camdin Crouse, BEA
5 0 0 0 30