BEA edges Tyrone junior high

The Tyrone junior high football team dropped a tough decision to the Bald Eagle Area junior high on Thursday evening at Wingate.
The Little Golden Eagles came up on the short end of a hard-fought 14-12 win for BEA.
With the rainy weather contributing to the hazards encountered, the back-breaker was a 98-yard Bald Eagle Area kickoff return with barely a minute to play in the second quarter.
The Little Bald Eagles opened the scoring with a six-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, but failed on their try for two points on the PAT.
Tyrone came back to tie the ballgame when Eagle quarterback Shane Walker completed a 10-yard TD pitch to D. J. Cherry. The two-point attempt was no good and the two foes were knotted 6-6 at the end of one quarter.
Late in the second quarter, Tyrone took their only lead of the game, tallying their second touchdown of the evening when Walker slipped through the line and rambled 30 yards for the score. Again the conversion failed.
The following kickoff was squibbed by Tyrone, but rolled down to the BEA-2, where with about a minute to play in the half, it was picked up and returned 98 yards for a touchdown that tied the game. On the all important two-point conversion, Bald Eagle Area was successful to take a 14-12 lead into halftime.
The third and fourth quarters were defensive struggles with both defenses bending, but never allowing the opponent to find their goal lines.
Kyler Johnson led the Golden Eagles in rushing with 87 yards on a dozen carries. Walker had 42 yards on four carries and Cody Smith and Robbie Hopkins each had three totes for 18 yards.
Through the air, Walker was five-for-nine for 50 yards passing. Cherry was the top receiver with three catches for 42 yards, while Johnson caught one pass for six yards and Hopkins had one reception for two yards.
Anchoring the tough Tyrone defense, were Doug Rudy, who had a pass interception and Cody Smith, who had a fumble recovery.
“Overall, both the offense and defense played good games,” said Tyrone junior high head coach Dan Plummer. Our guys have been working so hard in practice and in games and have been coming up just a little short. Today, it was the weather, our own penalties and that one special teams play that beat us.”
The Tyrone junior high (1-4) will host the Philipsburg-Osceola junior high on Thursday, Oct. 5 at 5:30 p.m.