Blue Devil junior high tops Moshannon Valley

The Bellwood-Antis junior high football team broke out of a two-game slump with an 18-6 victory over the Moshannon Valley junior high at Houtzdale on Thursday evening.
“We rained on their parade,” was how Bellwood-Antis coach Charlie Burch described it. “We are opening some eyes for people who know our circumstances and see what we can do.”
The Little Blue Devils started off the game like gang busters, holding a Moshannon Valley junior high team that has lost just three games in two years, to three plays and punt on both of their first two offensive series.
Meanwhile, the Blue Devils took the ball on their second series of the game, after forcing a punt from the Black Knights and executed a long drive down the field for a score. Dylan Shultz, a ninth grade fullback, bulled four yards for the touchdown. Kyle Davinsizer added the the-point conversion on a pass from quarterback Buddy Shaw to give Bellwood-Antis an 8-0 lead they woiuld never relinquish.
“It took a series, but we figured out what was going to work-smashmouth football-just running the ball right at them,” explained Burch. “Travis Taylor was doing everything you want a typical B-A tailback to do, ripping off six or seven yards on every carry, and Dylan Shultz was doing a great job blocking and getting four or five yards every time we called his number.”
Bellwood-Antis added a safety for a 10-0 halftime advantage when the ball was snapped well over the Mo Valley punter’s head and the Knight ended up going into the end zone trying to escape the B-A defense, where he was atckled.
Moshannon Valley scored on a long run by Gmerek and was at the BA-15 with a first down later. Shaw stopped the Black Knights’ attempt to score on the two-point try.
Taylor, saved a touchdown after another long Mo Valley run, and the Blue Devil defense stopped the Knights without a point for the rest of the game.
Taylor capped a long B-A march with a five-yard run and Trey Campbell caught a two-point pass from Shaw to complete the scoring.
“Credit a solid, inspired defensive effort,” said Burch. “The offense did what they had to. A win next week against Bishop Guilfoyle would give us the MAFC junior high title for the second year in a row, that is what we are hoping for now.”
Of Moshannon Valley’s three losses in the past two seasons, two of them were administered by Bellwood-Antis.