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Tyrone junior high wins big over Raiders

The Tyrone Golden Eagle junior high football team started slowly by dropping their first three games. The Little Eagles woke up in game four with a 36-6 win over Lewistown and have been streaking toward a winning record ever since.
Thursday night’s big 28-8 triumph over the Bellefonte junior high improved their record to 3-4, with their only loss in the last four games, a tough 14-12 decision to Bald Eagle Area.
Tyrone got a break to score their first touchdown, when Cody Smith, who ran six times for 55 yards, busted loose for a 13 yard gain on a counter play, but fumbled inside the Raiders-10. Tyrone lineman Ridge Colyer had the ball bounce right into his hands and he finished the play by running the remaining three yards for the TD.
Eagle quarterback Shane Walker scored on a one-yard keeper later in the first quarter and Kyler Johnson rushed for the two-point PAT and a 14-0 Tyrone lead.
After second quarter, which was all defense, Zack Knable, who had a monster night with 119 yards on just six carries, scored on a 21-yard scamper, and Jared Templeton kicked the PAT.
Robbie Hopkins punctuated the big Tyrone win with a 26-yards TD run in the fourth quarter on his only carry of the contest, and Templeton added his second PAT by placement.
With the game winding down. Bellefonte put up their only score when Jordan Shive scored on a five-yard run and Greg Overtiuft rushed for the two-point PAT.
With the wind and weather the Eagles didn’t complete a pass, but used a balanced running attack with Walker getting 52 yards on five carries, in addition to Knable, and Smith, Johnson (1-10) and Issac Walk (2-30).
“The defense played probably our best game in two years,” noted Tyrone coach Dan Plummer.
Drew Carlson had an interception for Tyrone, Knable had two fumble recoveries and a sack, Dan Benson had four sacks, Knable and Mark Bryant shared a sack and Mike McNeal recovered a fumble.
“This was a big game for us, we played very hard and controlled both sides of the ball,” commented Plummer. “We had a very evenly balanced running game, and our defense took control and really won this game for us. The guys and staff have been working really hard. Hopefully, we will keep going in this direction.”