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Philipsburg hands BA junior high first loss

The Bellwood-Antis junior high football team suffered their first loss after a combined run of 14 straight wins over a two year period. Philipsburg-Osceola junior high scored a late fourth-quarter touchdown to pull out a 16-8 win at Bellwood Memorial Stadium on Thursday evening.
The Little Blue Devils, with a depleted roster, scored first, but then was kept out of the P-O end zone for the remainder of the contest.
The Blue Devil defense held Philipsburg-Osceola to three downs and out on the Little Mounties first possession, then took the ball and scored quickly.
Eighth grader Travis Taylor got loose for a 45-yard romp to the PO-2 and classmate Dylan Shultz blasted in for the two-yard TD. Bellwood-Antis called the same play for the two-point conversion with Shultz scoring to give the Blue Devils an 8-0 lead.
Philipsburg scored in the second quarter, on a 17-yard run by Zack Czap and added the two-pointer for an 8-8 tie at halftime.
“We got out of position on that long run by Czap,” said Bellwood-Antis coach Charlie Burch. “The entire game, we had kids in position to make the plays, but couldn’t come up with them. On offense, everytime we got something going, we had a penalty. There were not a lot of highlights when you only score one touchdown.”
Philipsburg-Osceola scored the game winner on a 20-yard pass from Rusnak to Dannell, and Rusnak ran his second PAT in to set the final at 16-8.
“It was a sickening feeling on the pass play, we thought we had it covered,” said Burch. “It’s a tough road from here on. With the luck of the draw, we play the teams with the best records of all the teams we play all year. We have to beat Bishop Guilfoyle to earn a share of the MAFC championship.”
Bellwood-Antis (5-1) will travel to Fishertown to play Chestnut Ridge on Thursday.