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B-A performance just a hair better

December 1, 2012
By Philip Cmor (pcmor@altoonamirror.com) , The Altoona Mirror

The good news is that those wanting to donate to Bellwood-Antis senior quarterback Seth Worthing's "Movember" campaign - he and some of his Blue Devil football teammates have grown moustaches to raise awareness for men's health issues - now will have extra time to do so.

Worthing's happy about it. Not everyone shares his feelings about facial hair, though.

"My girlfriend hates it," Worthing said. "But I guess I have to [keep it], because we're winning."

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Ian O’Shea celebrates the victory.

Worthing and the Devils have certainly made this a Movember to remember, first with a unbelievably dominating win over Bishop McCort in the District 6 championship game and now a highly unlikely 33-26 double-overtime comeback victory against Delone Catholic in the PIAA Class A quarterfinals at Mansion Park.

"Last week was a district championship. This felt like a Super Bowl," said Devil senior fullback/linebacker Tyler Campbell.

For a team that played very few close games during the regular season, the last two weeks - you can probably tack on a district semifinal victory over Bishop Guilfoyle in which the Devils executed a nearly flawless second half, too - have been defining contests. And the 81-yard drive in the final 2:30 of regulation that forced the game into overtime might have been the defining moment of the season.

After a fast start, Bellwood had nothing going for it in the second half. To find a way to pull it out and advance to the program's third state semifinal game was the ultimate test of the Devils' heart and resilience.

It even left some of the Blue Devils themselves in disbelief.

"In the fourth quarter, I didn't have much hope. Then, we blocked that field goal [a 34-yarder with around six minutes left], it just brought so much hope back to the team," said tight end Ian O'Shea, who caught a tying two-point conversion pass from Worthing following Haden DeGennaro's 1-yard touchdown run with 32 seconds left in the fourth quarter.

The obvious question is what felt better, beating a rival responsible for so many heartbreaking setbacks in the recent past to win a district title or beating a team they've never seen before and very likely will not see again to get within two wins of the school's first-ever state championship.

Although the Devils felt their play on Friday night was sloppy, the consensus seemed to be the latter.

"It feels better, not just because of where we are but how it happened," said Cameron Worthing, Seth's twin brother. "To have these guys around me and to know that, with four minutes left, we had the ability to dig deep some way and come back some way when it looked like there was no hope, get it to overtime and win, that's amazing."

It was Cameron Worthing, sporting a moustache that recently was voted the best of those taking part in the Movember event, who gave the Devils life by recovering the blocked field goal and returning it deep into Delone territory.

Although Bellwood couldn't take advantage, some B-A players said that was the spark that kept them in the game.

"That gave us such momentum there," O'Shea said.

Bellwood had one first down in the second half before the tying drive. Still, the Worthings said they felt confidence that they could get the job done when they took possession at their own 19 with 2:30 left after forcing a Delone punt.

"Tyler Campbell started a thing where he comes up before every game saying, 'I'm a horse. I'm a horse.' We just kept reminding each other that. We were going to drive down the field. We're going to pound it down their throats. We have an incredible offense. Our offense is stellar. Our defense is wonderful," Seth Worthing said. "I don't believe in luck. I've been saying to our team the last few weeks that we choose what the turnout of the game is. It's our decision.

"Last week just blew everything out of the water for me. But this feels incredible. I just wish we would have played a little better."

Some of the guys might wish their moustaches and beards would grow in a little better. Seth Worthing, though, was glad he and his teammates undertook the challenge for charity - the Movember promotion focuses primarily on prostate cancer awareness.

"It's been wonderful during November raising a lot of money for it. It's been great," Worthing said.

And, with November - or Movember - creeping into December, the Blue Devils have at least seven more days for their moustaches and beards to grow in.

Oh, and to play a little more football, too.

"As long as we keep winning," O'Shea said, "we've got to keep growing a moustache."

Cmor can be reached at 946-7440 or pcmor@altoonamirror.com.

 
 
 

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