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Bellwood-Antis rushes past Rocket Junior High squad

The Bellwood-Antis junior high and Southern Huntingdon junior high moved up and down the field for most of the first half at Bellwood Memorial Stadium on Thursday night. Only their own mistakes were stopping either squad.
The Little Blue Devils, with eighth graders Buddy Shaw at quarterback, Travis Taylor at tailback and Dylan Shultz at fullback, had no trouble running through big holes blown by the B-A “O” line. Everybody took a turn and all ran well with Bellwood-Antis putting up a 24-14 win for their fifth straight victory of the season.
The two teams traded touchdowns in the opening half. Bellwood-Antis recovered a fumble on the first play of the game from scrimmage. Travis Taylor took a handoff over the left side, cleared the line and outraced everybody 38 yards for a touchdown on the Little Blue Devils first play on offense. Danny Noye ran for the successful two-point PAT and an 8-0 advantage for the Blue Devils.
Southern came right back to score when Garlock got behind the B-A secondary for a 54-yard TD pass. Southern’s two-point run tied the score at 8-8.
Bellwood-Antis marched down the field for their second score with Dylan Shultz capping the march with a 22-yard score. Buddy Shaw ran the two-point conversion to give the Blue Devils a 16-8 lead.
That didn’t last long however. Southern Huntingdon ran the ball right down the field, before a 12-yard pass was good to Stains for the TD, but a pass fell incomplete to allow Bellwood-Antis a 16-14 lead at halftime.
The Blue Devils added a quick third-period score in a second half that had both teams continue to move the ball, but not able to find the end zone. Taylor scored his second touchdown of the night and Shaw passed to Noye for the two-point conversion on the only pass Bellwood-Antis completed all night to set the final tally at 24-14.
“This was probably the most emotional the kids have been all year,” said Bellwood-Antis junior high coach Charlie Burch. “That was a real spark when we were able to recover the fumble at the beginning of the game and get the quick turnaround for a touchdown. We had two big breakdowns in the secondary when they were able to score. I told the kids at halftime we win the game if it ends this way. We got another quick score and our dfense kept them out of the end zone.
“It’s a big game next week. If we win against P-O, we are guaranteed no worse than a tie for the MAC junior high championship.”