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Eagle Junior High downs Mounties, sets up match of undefeateds

The undefeated Tyrone Area junior high football team was tested at Philipsburg on Thursday evening, but passed with flying colors knocking off the Philipsburg-Osceola juniors 16-6 to improve to 8-0.
Previously once-beaten Philipsburg-Osceola did score a touchdown against the Eagle defense, to break a string of three games and 13 quarters, but it was to no avail as Tyrone jumped out to a 16-0 advantage and the Golden Eagle “D” made sure there was no further scoring in a scoreless second half for both teams.
Caleb Snyder broke the ice with the first score, going the final three yards for a touchdown in the opening quarter, and then added the two-point conversion. A fumble recovery by Justin Miller stopped a Philipsburg drive after the Little Mounties had driven down the field, and Tyrone turned around and drove the length capped by Snyder’s score.
“We were definitely tested, this was probably one of the toughest opponents we have faced so far, next to Central Mountain (a 20-12 Tyrone triumph),” said Tyrone junior high coach Dan Plummer. “Philipsburg-Osceola has a good team and they played us tough.”
The second Golden Eagle score came courtesy of the defense, when Charles Wilson Adams intercepted a P-O pass and returned the pick 55 yards for Tyrone’s second touchdown in the second quarter.
“A couple of defensive plays made the big difference,” said Plummer. “The fumble recovery early when Philipsburg was moving, then the interception return for a score. Then in the third quarter, they were driving again, going all the way to the Tyrone-eight yard line. Our defense hung in there and stopped them on four straight plays for the biggest defensive stop of the game. In the fourth quarter, although we didn’t score, our offense was our best defense, moving down the field, eating up the clock and keeping the ball away from them.”
Snyder rushed 11 times for 52 yards, and John Romano had 93 yards on just nine carries to lead the Tyrone junior high attack. Kaleb Romano completed four of six pass attempts for 20 yards. Marcus Wagner caught three passes for 36 yards, each one giving the Eagles a crucial first down. Snyder was on the receiving end of the other completion on an attempted screen pass that was blow up by the P-O defense for a six-yard loss.
Maverick Mills was singled out by Plummer for his defensive play with one sack and two tackles for losses and James Dorminy also recorded a tackle for a loss.
Next up for the Little Eagles is a game at Lewistown, on Thursday, against the undefeated Lewistown Panthers.
“We were unable to attend the viewings of Lamoine Zimmerman and Steve Michaels, because of our football game,” said Plummer on a more solemn note. “Lemon and Steve have both been a part of our football and other sports programs at Tyrone for a long time and will be greatly missed. We, the coaching staff and players would like to extend our sympathy to their families. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.”