B-A Junior High is able to overcome slow start

The Bellwood-Antis junior high football team didn’t get the start head coach Charlie Burch was hoping for, but the defense played well against Bald Eagle Area and the offense came around for a 22-8 victory.
Bellwood-Antis kicked off and got into trouble immediately with a short kick that set Bald Eagle Area up near midfield. Then the Bald Eagles took advantage of several big third-down conversions to move the ball down the field, eventually scoring on a five-yard tally by Bathurst. BEA added the two-point conversion to take a quick 8-0 lead.
The Blue Devils came right back and pretty much controlled the rest of the game.
Zach McCaulley returned the kickoff 40 yards to midfield and later would cap the drive by breaking several tackles on the 11-yard touchdown run. Buddy Shaw took a reverse in for the two-point PAT and the game was tied 8-8.
In the second period, McCaulley, who had a breakout game, rushing for over 100 yards, scored on a five-yard run and Nick DeGol caught a two-point conversion pass from Nate Plummer for a 16-8 halftime lead.
“Zach ran for over 100 yards and scored two TDs,” said Coach Burch. “He had the kind of game you expect as a Bellwood-Antis tailback. He broke tackles and had a breakout game.”
In the second half, the Little Blue Devil offense moved the ball, but wasn’t able to put more points on the board.
The B-A defense helped out on the scoreboard when Travis Taylor stepped in front of the Bald Eagles’ tight end, made a cut to elude would-be tacklers around the 20 and scored on a 57-yard interception return as time ran out in the fourth quarter.
“We are 3-0 overall, 3-0 in the MAFC, but now we have to get ready for Mount Union,” said Burch. “They have a nice sophomore group and they have a nice freshmen group and although we beat them last year, they gave us some trouble and were very physical. This could be one of our biggest games of the year.