TYRONE - Friday the 13th might have been last week and Halloween is more than a month away, but Gray-Veterans Memorial Field continues to be a chamber of horrors for Philipsburg-Osceola.
Tyrone hasn't lost to P-O at home since the early 1990s, and the Golden Eagles won their 13th in a row when hosting the Mounties, scoring 50 unanswered points in the first half en route to a 57-21 Mountain League football win.
Tyrone's starters only played about a half in a 60-7 win over P-O last year, and they seemed out to finish the job this season. James Oliver ran for four touchdowns and 146 yards in the first half for the Golden Eagles (3-1 overall, 2-1 league) after Erik Wagner had hooked up with Nick Getz on a pair of touchdown passes. Aleic Hunter capped off the rout with a pair of scoring runs before Philipsburg-Osceola scored a pair of fourth quarter TDs.
"We have to improve in a lot of areas. That's really what we preached this week, and the guys believed it," Tyrone coach Steve Guthoff said. "We definitely got better this week."
It was a rough outing for P-O (1-3, 1-2). The Mounties had negative rushing yardage only 42 yards total in the first half. They also turned the ball over three times, snapping the ball over the quarterback's head on three occasions, including once for a safety. They were on the doorstep of a touchdown that could have pulled them within 15-7, but one of those errant snaps was recovered by Jared Muir, who ran it back to midfield.
That started off a drive that culminated in the first of Oliver's quartet of scores, this one on a bounce outside from the Mountie 15. Oliver added touchdown jaunts of 5, 5 and 42 yards in the next 6 minutes as Tyrone completely took over the contest.
"I was disappointed in the letdown after the fumble," Philipsburg-Osceola coach Jeff Vroman said. "We had a good gameplan. We had some passes they couldn't defend."
The Mounties were deflated early when star quarterback/defensive end Curtis Matsko left the game after a false start on P-O's second series and didn't return. It was a 7-0 game at that point.
"I don't know [his status]. He's at the hospital," Vroman said of Matsko, who the P-O coach said was hurt on defense but tried to go back in. "It definitely hurts if he can't play. We get Kyle [Hawkins] back next week, so I guess it's one-for-one."
Vroman said he was happy with the play of Jake Anderson under center - the sophomore completed 7-of-11 passes for 163 yards and a touchdown and also ran for a score - but it was far from enough as Tyrone was clicking on all cylinders from early on.
Tyrone converted a pair of third downs on the first drive as Wagner found Getz for 6 yards on a third-and-5, then scrambled for 6 yards on a third-and-3 before hitting Getz for a 15-yard scoring pass. After the safety, Wagner sold a play-action fake on the second play and went up top 45 yards to Getz for another touchdown.
"We knew we had a running game, but we have to start clicking on our passing game to make sure we don't have any drawbacks there," said Wagner, who completed all five of his throws for 90 yards.
The pass opened up the run for the Eagles, who finished with 358 yards on the ground. Hunter joined Oliver with more than 100 yards, checking in with 133 on nine carries.
"All we wanted to do is improve and establish that we can put up a lot more points than we have been," Oliver said. "Our young line did what they needed to do, making holes for me and everyone that run the ball. Our receivers caught the ball. It just call came together."
Tyrone's defense set a tone, too. Nine P-O plays in the first half were stopped in the Mountie backfield, and the Eagles recorded a pair of sacks.
"It shows us the potential offensively and defensive that we have, especially with all the young guys we have starting this year," Muir said of the convincing win.
Guthoff, though, thought it was only another step in a process.
"We still have a tremendous amount of work to get where we need to get and to get where our guys want to get," Guthoff said, "because they realize we have some lofty aspirations about the type of football we can play."
Game notes: Tyrone travels to Bellefonte next Friday; P-O beat the Red Raiders last week. Philipsburg-Osceola hosts Chestnut Ridge in a non-league game the same night. ... Three players with the last name of Hunter carried the ball for Tyrone. Drew Hunter, the last of three Eagle quarterbacks, was 4-for-4 passing for 59 yards.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Philipsburg-Osceola0 0 7 14 - 21
Tyrone22 28 7 0 - 57
T-Getz 15 pass from Wagner (Umholtz kick), 5:15.
T-Safety, Anderson fell on mishandled snap in end zone, 3:37.
T-Getz 45 pass from Wagner (kick failed), 2:42.
T-Oliver 15 run (Umholtz kick), 0:37.9.
T-Oliver 5 run (Umholtz kick), 10:37.
T-Oliver 5 run (Umholtz kick), 8:44.
T-Oliver 42 run (Umholtz kick), 6:14.
T-A. Hunter 63 run (Umholtz kick), 2:06.
PO-Shuey 5 run (N. Boumerhi kick), 7:25.
T-A. Hunter 10 run (Payne kick), 1:26.
PO-Belinda 23 pass from Anderson (N. Boumerhi kick), 10:44.
PO-Anderson 1 run (N. Boumerhi kick), 5:55.
RUSHING: Philipsburg-Osceola-Shuey 9-31, Pryde 5-29, Mason 5-11, Laird 1-2, Patrick 1-2, Anderson 6-(-26), TEAM 2-(-33). Tyrone-Oliver 11-146, A. Hunter 9-133, Sleeth 4-32, Wagner 2-19, G. Hunter 2-11, Tepsic 3-8, Muir 2-3, Soellner 1-3, D. Hunter 1-2, Steinbugl 5-1.
PASSING: Philipsburg-Osceola-Anderson 7-11-0-163. Tyrone-Wagner 5-5-0-90, G. Hunter 1-2-0-13, D. Hunter 4-4-0-59.
RECEIVING: Philipsburg-Osceola-Mason 3-27, Pepperday 2-89, Belinda 2-41, Lamb 0-6. Tyrone-Getz 3-66, Brenneman 2-40, Sleeth 1-15, Makdad 1-13, Raftery 1-10, Oliver 1-9, Grager 1-9.
INTERCEPTIONS: Philipsburg-Osceola-none. Tyrone-none.