Tyrone Junior High wins first game over Panthers

The Tyrone junior high football team weren’t very nice hosts to Lewistown on Thursday evening at Gray Veterans Memorial Field.
The Little Eagles (1-3) scored three times in the first quarter to open up a fast 22-0 advantage on the way to a 36-6 victory that was the Tyrone junior high’s first triumph of the season.
Shane Walker and Kyler Johnson led the Golden Eagles, who rushed for a total of 365 yards and passed for another 94 yards in the big victory.
Walker, the Eagles quarterback opened the scoring with a 20-yard scamper and Johnson rushed for the two-point PAT. Then Robbie Hopkins crashed in from three yards out, and Jared Templeton kicked the first of four extra points for a 15-0 lead. Finally, Walker capped the Eagles third scoring drive of the quarter, with an 18-yard run and Templeton’s PAT gave Tyrone a 22-0 lead at the end of just one stanza. The Tyrone junior high had scored a total of just 12 points in their first three games against Roosevet, Bellwood-Antis and Huntingdon.
After a scoreless second quarter, the Golden Eagles pushed across a TD in each of the final two quarters to up their advantage to 36-0 before Lewistown finally added their lone touchdown.
In the third quarter, Johnson, who rushed for 125 yards on 14 carries, tallied his second score from 25 yards out, and in the fourth quarter, Zach Knable, who had his number called only three times, but responded with 76 yards rushing, scooted 56 yards for the Eagles final score. Templeton added extra point kicks after both scores.
A Bill Madden to Colton Spade pass for 15 yards gave the Lewistown Little Panthers their only points of the game.
Hopkins rushed six times for 39 yards, Issac Walk had four carries for 38 yards, and Walker finished with seven carries for 78 yards and completed four of eight passes for 94 yards.
D. J. Cherry had a pair of receptions for 43 yards, Johnson had one for 22 and Hopkins had one grab for 29 yards.
On defense, Knable had an interception and Kegan Fink recovered a Lewistown fumble.
“Overall I was really pleased, we controlled both sides of the line of scrimmage,” said Tyrone junior high coach Dan Plummer. “Our line did the job, they dominated. This was a true team effort, we had a lot of players come up with big plays. Hopefully, this will set us up and carry through for the rest of the season,”
The Tyrone eighth grade team defeated Lewistown 32-0.
The Tyrone junior high will travel to Wingate on Thursday, to get a chance to play for the first time on the new artificial surface when they play Bald Eagle Area.