B-A junior varsity stays undefeated with shutout

The Bellwood-Antis junior varsity took up where the Blue Devil varsity stopped last Friday night. After watching the varsity rip Mount Union 43-0, the junior varsity did much the same in their 34-0 victory on Monday at Bellwood Memorial Stadium.
All the scoring took place in the first half on Monday, with five different Blue Devils scoring touchdowns. Tyler Geis kicked extra points following the first four scores.
Bellwood-Antis kicked off to begin the game, but Geis floated a short kick just behind Mount Union’s first line. Tim Collier raced in from the sideline to grab the ball for the Blue Devils at the MU-42.
Brandon Humphreys had his number called three straight times for 24 yards and then Nate Gray lofted a pass to 6-foot-four wide receiver Alan Wertz for the 18-yard TD pass and the first tally.
Mount Union, which was limited to just a net total of seven yards in the first half by the Bellwood-Antis defense, picked up four yards in three plays and was forced to punt.
Justin Manning returned the kick 22 yards to the MU-41. Humphreys opened the drive with five yards on first down, then Nick DeGol bulled through the middle for nine yards and a first down. Gray found Dustin Pruznak for seven yards and a first down and two plays later hit Justin Miller for eight yards and his second TD pass of the quarter.
Bellwood-Antis started from the MU-43 after Manning ran the punt 17 yards and the Blue Devils quickly moved for their third score of the quarter. Randy Pfahler netted 14 yards to move the sticks again for a first down. Matt Reams picked up 13 yards in two carries, Pfahler dashed a dozen yards to the MU-2. Reams lost a yard and then a play later scored the three-yard TD. With just 22 seconds in the quarter, Geis booted his third PA for a 21-0 B-A lead.
Ben Martinez recovered a Mount Union fumble at the Trojan-48, and the Blue Devils struck quickly. DeGol picked up one and on the second call, Humphreys went right, got to the outside and raced 47 yards for the TD with 8:22 remaining in the first half.
Collier, who did a little of everything in this game, intercepted a Mount Union pass attempt at the BA-37. That was the first time in the half, the ball was in Bellwood-Antis territory, and a five yard penalty knocked it five yards back, giving the Blue Devils a first and 15 at the BA-32. Drew Saylor got almost all of that back with two carries for 13 yards. Collier burst four yards for the first down at the BA-49. Reams picked up matching four yard gains on back-to-back plays. Alan Wertz scampered eight yards for his only carry of the game and Saylor raced 26 yards a play later. Collier score the five-yard Td on the 11th play of the series to complete the scoring for the evening with 0:15 to play in the second quarter.
The defense was a total team effort for the Blue Devils, 16 of the 24 players on the B-A sideline had at least one tackle. B-A rushed for 192 yards and Gray was four of four for 53 yards and Wertz completed his only pass for a loss of four yards.
“Our kids came out real strong on the offensive side,” explained B-A junior varsity coach Nick Lovrich. “We executed our plays the way we were supposed to. We had a couple touchdown passes, Brandon Humphreys ran some nice plays for us. All of our backs ran well today. We found some good holes and had some good runs. It all comes back to our line. The line did well. We will go as far as our line can take us.”
The Bellwood-Antis junior varsity (4-0) will travel to Southern Huntingdon on Monday for their next action. Kick-off will be at 6 p.m.