Good week for the little guy

Week 2 in the MAC conference was a good week for the little guy.
Four games were played matching the small-school Nittany Division with the Seven Mountains Division, its big school counterpart. And of those four games, the Nittany Division came out on top in three.
The shocker may have been Tyrone’s rather lopsided victory over Huntingdon, a preseason favorite to win the Seven Mountains, but just as impressive was Philipsburg-Osceola’s 39-16 win over Bellefonte in the Luther Trophy game.
While Tyrone was manhandling the ‘Cats to the tune of 423 yards of total offense to 143, the Mounties were rallying from a one-touchdown deficit to score four unanswered touchdowns and a safety. Looking like P-O off 2004, the Mounties had two running backs rush for over 100 yards and piled up nearly 500 yards of total offense.
In the other win for the Nittany Division, Bald Eagle Area defeated Lewistown 13-6 to christen its new field turf carpeted stadium.
The lone Nittany Division team that didn’t manage a win over its opponent from the bigger circuit was Bishop Guilfoyle. The Marauders actually led Indian Valley 15-14 at halftime before a second half collapse – which began with a Valley kickoff return for a touchdown to start the third quarter – opened the gates for a 47-15 Warrior win.
That left the Nittany Division 3-1 against the Seven Mountains after one go-round and 3-3 against non-divisional opponents this season.
Kleinfelter Strikes Back
The saying goes that you can’t keep a good man down.
That was never more the case than with Bellwood-Antis senior running back Josh Kleinfelter, and he’s never proven it more emphatically than he has over the years against the Penns Valley Rams.
Last week, after being limited to 80 yards in the season opener against Tyrone, Kleinfelter bruised the Rams’ defense for 180 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries as the Blue Devils evened their season record at 1-1.
Last season, in similar fashion, Kleinfelter tagged Valley for 152 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries as B-A rebounded from a loss against Tyrone with a 37-0 win over the Rams – a sharp upgrade from his 52-yard performance against the Golden Eagles.
Going back as far as his sophomore season, Kleinfelter abused Penns Valley in his first varsity start, rushing for 120 yards, to go along with 63 receiving yards in another B-A win.
That means that in his remarkable career – which includes a record-setting 2,000-yard season in 2005 and more than 3,700 career rushing yards – Kleinfelter has gained 432 yards against Penns Valley alone.
That’s a season for most high school running backs.
Kleinfelter and the Devils are back at it tonight against Bald Eagle Area at Memorial Stadium.
Performance of the Week
Few players came into the season with as much on their shoulders as Tyrone quarterback Tyler Golden.
The 6-1 senior had only one complete season of junior varsity starts under his belt, and he was expected to fill in for a quarterback in Leonard Wilson who was – in a word – legendary at Tyrone, having won 33 games in three seasons as a starter.
Golden didn’t look like the pressure had gotten to him last week against Huntingdon, and his performance was enough to earn him the Daily Herald’s Performance of the Week.
Golden completed eight of nine passes for 233 yards and two touchdowns and scored another touchdown himself as the Eagles shocked Huntingdon on the road 35-13.
Golden completed a 69-yard score to Justin Schopp, followed that up on the next series with a 65-yarder to Johnny Franco, and sneaked in from 1-yard out a possession later.
Golden has now thrown three touchdown passes this season.