The Bellwood-Antis football team and its dominating defense struck again on Friday evening, completing their third shutout of the season in five games in a 48-0 win over Moshannon Valley on Homecoming at Memorial Field.
The Blue Devils were faced with the task of stopping Black Knight running back Joseph Bacher, who bulldozed his way to nearly 700 yards on the ground in the first two weeks of the season. Bacher was held to just 22 yards on 13 carries.
“Our guys tackled pretty well. They made plays,” said Bellwood-Antis head coach Nick Lovrich. “I was pretty impressed with what our defense did. The guys were working on those turnovers and trying to create them. They did a good job tonight.”
The B-A defense also came up with three turnovers on the night — one interception and two fumble recoveries — with the first fumble recovery being a complete game-changer.
Blue Devil sophomore Cooper Guyer stripped away a pitch off an option in Mo Valley territory in the second quarter and returned it for 54 yards down to the 4-yard line. Guyer also had a fumble recovery to end the third quarter.
“I just saw the option coming and I knew he was going to pitch it, so I just stuck my arm out and tipped it and caught it,” Guyer said.
“The coaches made a great gameplan for us this week. We just went out and executed.”
“He was a fullback last year, so it was kind of his moment back as a fullback,” Lovrich said. “It was a great play by him. Athletic play. He’s a good athlete. To be able to get that out of the air and almost score it from about 60 yards — that was a great individual play on his part.”
Prior to the big play from Guyer, the Blue Devils had already had a 13-0 lead thanks to a pair of rushing touchdowns from fullback Nick Plank from 1 and 19 yards out.
After the Guyer fumble recovery, Zach Mallon scored on the very next play from four yards to give the Blue Devils a 20-0 lead.
After forcing Mo Valley to punt, Bellwood found the end zone again — this time through a screen pass from Trevor Miller to Mallon. Mallon stiff-armed a defender and blew past the rest of the Black Knight defense, giving Bellwood a 27-0 lead with 5:15 left. That lead held until halftime.
On Bellwood’s first series out of the break, they were forced with a fourth-and-2 from the MV 47, and Plank paved his way for a 47-yard score to put Bellwood up 34-0.
Plank led the Bellwood rushing attack on the night with 114 yards on nine carries, while the team had 242 yards on the ground for the game. Mallon added 83 yards on 13 rushes.
“I thought our line did a great job, all 11 guys,” said Lovrich. “For one person to do well on something, it took all 11 guys for that to happen. Everybody did a good job working as a team and as a unit.”
Later in the quarter, John Kost put the Mercy Rule clock in effect with a 3-yard touchdown with 5:10 remaining in the third quarter to put his team up 41-0.
The Blue Devils also saved a special teams touchdown for the fourth quarter as Connor Gibbons took a punt return of 69 yards to the house.
Evan Pellegrine made 5 of his 6 PAT attempts, while Ty Noonan made the final extra point.
Miller was 5-for-7 passing for the game for 131 yards. Mallon caught two passes for 63 yards, while Troy Walker hauled in a deep ball for 39 yards.
Bellwood-Antis (5-0) hits the road next week to take on Northern Bedford.
NOTES: Alli Campbell was selected as Homecoming queen, while Jamyson Focht was the first runner-up. Other Homecoming queen candidates included Thalia Lucio, Casi Shade, and Jaydyn Shuke. ... Moshannon Valley senior quarterback Ben Murawski returned to the field after missing the past two games with injury, but was hurt again in the second quarter and did not return to the game. He was replaced by sophomore Ethan Webb as the Knights’ signal caller.
BELLWOOD-ANTIS 48, MOSHANNON VALLEY 0Score by Quarters Moshannon Valley 0 0 0 0 — 0 Bellwood-Antis 7 20 14 7 — 48
Scoring SummaryFirst Quarter BA — Plank 1 run, (Pellegrine kick), 5:43
Second Quarter BA — Plank 19 run, (kick failed), 11:11 BA — Z. Mallon 4 run, (Pellegrine kick), 9:15 BA — Z. Mallon 60 pass from Miller, (Pellegrine kick), 5:15
Third Quarter BA — Plank 47 run, (Pellegrine kick), 10:13 BA — J. Kost 3 run, (Pellegrine kick), 5:10
Fourth Quarter BA — Gibbons 69 punt return, (Noonan kick), 5:25
Team Statistics MV BA
First Downs 8 16 Att-Yards Rushing 37-93 33-242 Pass Comp.-Att.-Int. 3-6-1 5-7-0 Passing Yards 50 131 Total Plays-Yards 43-143 40-373 Fumbles-Lost 3-2 0-0 Penalties-Yards 2-10 3-30 Punts-Average 6-30 2-31
Individual StatisticsRushing Moshannon Valley — McCoy 7-29, Honan 6-26, Bacher 13-22, Webb 6-18, Smeal 1-3, Knuth 3-(-1), Kephart 1-(-4). Bellwood-Antis — Plank 9-114, Z. Mallon 13-83, Gibbons 3-18, J. Kost 3-12, Andrews 1-6, Shildt 1-4, Pellegrino 1-3, Pluebell 2-2.
Passing Moshannon Valley — Murawski 3-of-4, 50 yds., Int.; Webb 0-of-2, 0 yds. Bellwood-Antis — Miller 5-of-7, 131 yds., TD.
Receiving Moshannon Valley — McCoy 1-25, Honan 1-17, Bacher 1-8. Bellwood-Antis — Z. Mallon 2-63, Walker 1-39, Shedlock 1-21, J. Kost 1-8.
InterceptionsBellwood-Antis — Z. Mallon.