By Michael Boytim
CLAYSBURG - Some bad time management by Claysburg-Kimmel and a Jesse Claar interception on the first drive of the second half helped Northern Bedford County turn a close game into a 37-0 blowout Friday at Bulldog Stadium.
"Any time you get a zero on the board, you have to be happy with your defense," Northern Bedford coach Jeff Batzel said. "Claar's interception was big to keep the momentum that carried over from the first half."
That momentum came from a last-second first-half touchdown that was gift wrapped for the Black Panthers.
Trailing just 8-0 and playing inspired defense, Claysburg-Kimmel had the ball on its own 20 with a running clock on third down. The Bulldogs (1-3) spiked the ball with just 5.5 seconds left, bringing up a fourth-and-15. Claysburg elected to go for it, and quarterback Conner Brown was sacked at the 3-yard line with 0.8 seconds left, giving Northern Bedford a golden opportunity to nearly double its lead at the half.
Blake Over helped NBC do just that, tossing a 3-yard score to Jacob Dasher to make it 15-0.
"It was a strange, sort of bizarre twist that left us with the ball," Batzel said. "I'm not sure why or what happened there. We took advantage of it, and it was huge."
Over was the star of the game, throwing four touchdown passes and running for another. Kyler Diehl caught two and Zane Snyder had one to go with Dasher's.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Northern Bedford0 15 20 2 - 37
Claysburg0 0 0 0 - 0
NB-Over 18 run (Snyder pass from Diehl), 5:56.
NB-Dasher 3 pass from Over (Bequeath kick), 0:00.
NB-Snyder 2 pass from Over (Bequeath kick), 9:35.
NB-Diehl 6 pass from Over (Bequeath kick), 2:52.
NB-Diehl 16 pass from Over (kick failed), 0:05.
NB-Safety, balled snapped out of end zone, 6:52.
RUSHING: Northern Bedford-Over 4-39, Heck 11-29, Brallier 4-26, Hershberger 4-22, Kolinchak 6-12, Svitana 1-6, Dasher 1-3, TEAM 2-(-2). Claysburg-Kimmel-Brown 14-79, Johnson 12-78, Fickes 2-3, Roudabush 1-(-1), Hypes 1-(-2), TEAM 3-(-38).
PASSING: Northern Bedford-Over 14-20-0-202, Batzel 0-1-0-0. Claysburg-Kimmel-Brown 1-5-1-1, Cerully 0-1-0-0, TEAM 0-2-0-0.
RECEIVING: Northern Bedford-Dasher 5-97, Diehl 5-55, Heck 2-32, Snyder 2-18. Claysburg-Kimmel-Hypes 1-1.
INTERCEPTIONS: Northern Bedford-Claar. Claysburg-Kimmel-none.