Weather wreaks havoc in Week 3 | Center County newspaper
Inclement weather wreaked havoc on an interesting third week for the Center County high school football teams.
Bald Eagle District made an impressive comeback at Penns Valley on September 8 to remain undefeated in the Laurel Highlands Conference with a 3-0 record.
In Clearfield, the Bison got off to an early start and never gave up against Philipsburg-Osceola, while Bishop Guilfoyle came away with 35 points in the second quarter and beat Bellefonte in Bellefonte.
Also on September 8, State College and Hollidaysburg tried to wait out a lightning delay, but the weather was still so bad that they couldn’t even start and the game was postponed. No make-up date has been announced, and it’s possible the game wasn’t made up.
Here’s a look at each team and their next opponent this week:
Tyrone (1-1) at Bald Eagle (3-0)
Friday 15 September
Just over four minutes into the game at Penns Valley on Sept. 8, Bald Eagle Area found itself already down 14 points.
By the end of the first quarter, the Eagles were down 17-0 and were looking for a way to get off the floor.
Enter the Eagles’ defense. From the end of the disastrous first quarter on, BEA defenders allowed the Rams to score just 6 points, which came at the hands of Ty Watson as the third quarter ended.
And while the defense was doing its job, BEA quarterback Carson Nagle and running back Cameron Dobbs were keeping the Eagles back in contention.
After scoring on a safety in the second quarter, BEA actually took the lead on third-quarter scores that included a 22-yard pass from Nagle to Cameron Watkins, a 15-yard run by Dubbs and a 54-yard pass to Watkins.
The three touchdowns gave the Eagles a 22-17 lead, but a PV clutch drive and a Watson touchdown gave the Rams the lead, 23-22, entering the fourth quarter.
Both defenses came out in the fourth quarter as neither team was able to threaten early.
With time running down, Penns Valley blocked a BEA field goal attempt with five minutes to play, but the Eagles’ defense got the ball back at the 50-yard line.
From there, BEA drove to the 1-yard line, where Dubbs took possession with just over a minute to play.
Penns Valley threatened to take possession after that, but the Eagles held on for their third win of the season without losing.
Penns Valley gained 330 yards on offense, including 260 by quarterback Jackson Romig, and BEA ran for 430. Nagle threw for 267 yards, Dubbs ran for 186 on 24 carries, and Watkins caught five passes for 115 yards.
Now BEA will welcome another former Mountain League foe when Tyrone come to Wingate on Friday night.
Tyrone is 1-1, but the Golden Eagles were also a victim of inclement weather last Friday when their long-awaited meeting against Central was postponed and rescheduled.
Before that, Tyrone lost a tough opener to Clearfield, 29-21, then ran over Greater Johnstown, 35-0, on Sept. 1.
Against Johnstown, quarterback Ashton Walk completed 8 of 11 passes for 162 yards and a touchdown, and running backs Brady Ronan and Seth Hoover combined for 191 yards rushing and three touchdowns.
Tyrone scored 21 points in the second quarter and then put the game away with 14 more points in the third quarter.
There is no need to talk about this rivalry, this game is very important for two teams with a long history between them.
Kick-off is at 7pm at Wingate.
Clearfield (2-1) at Bellefonte (0-3)
Friday 15 September
Bellefonte played LHAC power Bishop Guilfoyle right through the early parts of the home game on September 8 and trailed just 14-6 after the first quarter.
But Guilfoyle’s touchdown early in the second quarter and subsequent onside kick recovery opened the floodgates for the Marauders.
Before halftime, they scored three more touchdowns and took a 49-6 lead for their second win, with one loss (to BEA in Week 1).
Of all the local teams, Bellefonte had the toughest opening schedule, and after losing to three very good teams, it doesn’t get any easier this week with the arrival of old Mountain League rival Clearfield.
Clearfield participated in a rain-shortened game in which the Bison beat Phillipsburg-Osceola, 44-7, after a big second quarter essentially decided the score.
The game was stopped immediately after the start of the fourth quarter, and the coaches and officials agreed not to resume it.
Clearfield had previously beaten Tyrone, 29-21, on Aug. 25, but the Bison lost to Forest Hills in Week 2, 22-13, in Seidman on Sept. 1.
Quarterback Will Domico completed 35 of 61 passes for 552 yards and four touchdowns, while running backs Brady Collins and Carter Chamberlain combined for 370 yards and eight touchdowns.
Carter Freeland is the top receiver, with 15 catches for 257 yards and two touchdowns.
Bellefonte has gained yards, but fouls and turnovers hurt the Raiders, especially Friday against BG.
This is another game where Bellefonte can show improvement and compete with a good football team.
The game is scheduled to kick off at Rogers Stadium at 7 p.m
Penns Valley (2-1) at Philipsburg-Osceola (1-2)
Friday 15 September
Both teams are coming off losses on September 8, and both will look at this matchup as a way to get back on track.
PO faced an excellent Clearfield team and made a lot of mistakes in a one-sided game;
A 44-6 loss, while Penns Valley saw a 17-0 lead over BEA evaporate into a tough 28-23 loss to the Bald Eagles.
BEA scored 20 points in the third quarter to take a 22-17 lead, but the Rams blocked a 1-yard TD run from Ty Watson that put them up 23-22 heading into the final 12 minutes.
The teams fell behind defensively in the final quarter, but BEA broke through after taking over at the 50 with just over five minutes to play. They drove to the 1-yard line, where Cameron Dobbs hit for what was the game-winning score.
Watson, quarterback Jackson Romig and wide receiver John Mayer are the leading offensive players so far for the Rams, with Romig a dual threat with both passing and running.
PO counters with sophomore quarterback Zach Myers, running back Jakodi Jones and wide receivers Lucas Peterson and Nick Johnson.
This is another game that could determine which team makes the fewest mistakes, and it’s an area where Penns Valley has a clear advantage.
Kickoff is 7pm in Phillipsburg.
Al-Tuna (3-1) at Government College (1-1)
Friday 15 September
The weather was bad in Hollidaysburg on September 8, so bad that the football game between the Golden Tigers and State College never started.
Lightning delayed the start at 7pm and then never stopped, forcing the game to be suspended shortly after 9pm
A specific date has not been set yet, and both teams indicated that the match may not be made up at all.
This leaves the Little Lions with an open week before they enter Mid Penn Conference play against what has so far been a very offensive-minded Altoona Mountain Lion team.
Altoona is 2-1 coming into Memorial Field on Sept. 15 with wins over Taylor Allderdice, 35-21, and Mifflin County, 35-0, on Sept. 8.
Against Mifflin, it was over early.
The Lions scored 28 unanswered points in the first quarter, and 7 more points in the second quarter, then exited the game under mercy rule in the second half.
Since the game started early at 5:40pm due to impending inclement weather, anyone who showed up at the regular start time would miss all of the highlights.
Led by Bron Moseley’s 165 yards rushing (and two touchdowns), the Lions put up 307 total yards, almost all of it in the first half.
For its part, State College was unable to recover from its dispiriting loss to Downingtown East on September 1 at home.
State High rallied from a 21-point deficit that night, but finished agonizingly close to the win that didn’t happen.
Now back in action in the Mid Penn Conference, this game is on the horizon for both teams, and Altoona will enter Memorial Field with more motivation — and success — than it has since joining the conference.
Kickoff at Memorial Field is scheduled for 7 p.m