Bellwood-Antis junior high belts Tyrone 43-16 to stay unbeaten

Archrivals Tyrone and Bellwood-Antis met on the football field at Bellwood Memorial Stadium for some junior high football action on Thursday evening.
Bellwood-Antis scored often early, opening up with a 22-point first quarter on the way to a 43-16 triumph to remain undefeated at 7-0. Tyrone drops to 4-3-1 after winning four straight coming into the contest.
Tyrone won the toss and deferred to the second half, kicking off to the Little Blue Devils to begin the game.
Devon Clapper opened the offense for B-A with a nine-yard pickup. After a five-yard B-A penalty, Josh Kleinfelter scooted for seven yards and Boe Latchford bulled up the middle for 13 more. Kleinfelter added five before Latchford burst up the middle for the 14-yard TD.
The B-A defense forced a punt and Kleinfelter motored through the entire Tyrone defensive unit for a 67-yard touchdown on the punt return. Devon Clapper rushed for the 2 pt. PAT to give the Blue Devils a 14-0 lead.
Bellwood-Antis took over following a punt at the T-41. Clapper needed just one play to race 41 yards for the third TD of the quarter. On the PAT run, quarterback Evan Hughes handed the ball to 260-pound lineman Tyler Narehood, who had lined up in the backfield and rumbled into the endzone for the two-point conversion.
Tyrone then took 13 plays to get on the scoreboard. Tyler Gillmen, who rushed for 140 yards on 25 carries overall and scored both of the Eagles TDs, had a nine-yard pickup and a pair of 10-yarders in the series before slamming in for the six-yard score.
Bellwood-Antis added one second-quarter score to take a 29-6 advantage at halftime. Kleinfelter opened the series with a 13 yard gain and added two 25-yard scampers, the second for the TD. Evan Celmo booted the PAT.
Tyrone ran 29 plays in the first half not counting punts to just 11 for Bellwood-Antis.
“We felt going into the game our offense has been explosive all year,” said Bellwood-Antis coach Charlie Burch. “That was right in the game plan. But being up 22-0 that quickly threw me off. I didn’t expect that.
“Give Tyrone credit They came back and didn’t quit. That (Gillmen) is the best running back we have seen all year. It became a matter of trying to contain him. Then when they scored, we exploded with another quick touchdown. It kind of put my mind at ease when they didn’t score there going into the half.”
The second half began with the Eagles receiving the kickoff, but Tyrone was their own worst enemy, stopping themselves on the first three series losing two fumbles and an interception.
Anthony Fleming recovered the first and B-A turned it into a five-yard TD by Kleinfelter, who rushed for 165 yards on just 11 carries and scored four times, three on runs. On the PAT try Jared Cowan scored on a pass from Blaze Winterstein.
Danny Campbell recovered the second fumble and also pulled down the interception.
Kleinfelter galloped 82 yards for his final score of the game, following Campbell’s fumble recovery after Tyrone had driven to the BA-18.
James Updike raced around the right side for 37 yards and bulled for nine yards on the next two plays, before the Eagles fumbled. Updike had 58 yards on just seven carries.
Following Campbell’s interception at the BA-four, the Tyrone defense caught Jeremy Tomchick in the endzone for a safety.
With two points and the free kick, Tyrone moved in for their second score. First Gillmen, who now has rushed for 1,262 yards for the season, ran the free kick 27 yards to the Blue Devils-39. Gillmen raced down the right sideline for 44 yards to start the series, then scored the one-yard TD after a pair of runs for 11 yards by Updike and one for five yards by Gillmen. Updike added the two-point PAT run to set the final score at 43-16.
“We played a really good Bellwood team,” commented Tyrone coach Dan Plummer. “I am proud of our kids. They didn’t give up, they kept playing. As a coach, I could not ask for more from them.
“Offensively we had some big plays, however we needed to get into the endzone more frequently. Defensively several times we caught the Bellwood runners behind the line or at the line of scrimmage, but their quick and wiry running backs were able to elude us.”
Bellwood-Antis attempts to complete an undefeated season at Moshannon Valley next Thursday at 6 p.m., Tyrone travels to Mill Hall to finish their season against Central Mountain next Thursday at 7 p.m..