LOYSBURG - At times this season, Northern Bedford's Blake Over and Kyler Diehl have looked like men among boys.
Friday was one of those times.
The Black Panthers scored early and often on their way to a 56-7 homecoming win at Panther Community Stadium to remain undefeated at 5-0.
The dynamic duo combined for a 63-yard touchdown on the game's first offensive play to get Northern off and running. The 6-foot-5 Over rolled left and found his favorite target running wide open 10-yards past the nearest Rockets defender for the easy score and a 7-0 lead 17 seconds into the game.
"That got us going right off the bat," Northern coach Jeff Batzel said. "We exploded right out of the blocks."
Southern Huntingdon (0-5) tied the score 13 seconds later when Mason Parks returned the ensuing kickoff 94 yards for the score, but from that point on, it was all Northern Bedford.
Over, who was named homecoming king prior to the game, threw for 220 yards and ran for 112. The senior signal caller threw for three scores and ran for another.
"He poses such a problem for opposing defenses with both his ability to run and his arm," Batzel said.
Diehl was on the receiving end of all three Over TD passes. Along with the one to open the game, the 6-foot-5 receiver scored on a 50-yarder later in the first quarter and on a 15-yard slant pattern in the third period.
"That quarterback and receiver are the real deal," Southern Huntingdon coach Ryan Garlock said.
Northern Bedford also took advantage of six Rockets turnovers, four lost fumbles and two interceptions.
"We couldn't hold onto the ball, we couldn't tackle the quarterback and we couldn't cover [Diehl]. Put that all together, and you get 56-7," Garlock said.
Austin Heck also found the end zone three times for Northern Bedford. The sophomore tailback scored on a 2-yard run in the first quarter then added a pair of 4-yard touchdown runs later in the game.
The statistics were just as lopsided as the final score. Northern rolled up 417 yards of offense to just 69 for Southern.
For a team with a lot of question marks entering the season, Northern's perfect start was not something many people expected, Batzel said.
"We've improved dramatically from where we were at in the preseason," he said. "We've had great senior leadership, and our young, inexperienced players have worked their tails off and improved week by week."
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Southern Huntingdon7 0 0 0 - 7
Northern Bedford28 7 14 7 - 56
NB-Diehl 63 pass from Over (Bequeath kick), 11:43.
SH-Parks 94 kickoff return (Cornelius kick), 11:28.
NB-Heck 2 run (Bequeath kick), 8:24.
NB-Over 3 run (Bequeath kick), 5:00.
NB-Diehl 50 pass from Over (Bequeath kick), 2:37.
NB-Heck 4 run (Bequeath kick), 11:15.
NB-Heck 4 run (Bequeath kick), 6:05.
NB-Diehl 15 pass from Over (Bequeath kick), 2:26.
NB-Hershberger 12 run (Bequeath kick), 6:25.
RUSHING: Southern Huntingdon-Parks 12-26, Vaughn 5-11, T. Carowick 6-14, Woodward 2-(-1), N. Carowick 4-(-19), Ulsh 1-2, McClain 2-4. Northern Bedford-Heck 12-45, Over 11-112, Brallier 2-8, Kolinchak 4-(-2), Svitana 1-(-3), Hershberger 2-14.
PASSING: Southern Huntingdon-T. Carowick 2-3-1-9, N. Carowick 2-3-1-15. Northern Bedford-Over 10-14-0-220, Batzel 2-2-0-23.
RECEIVING: Southern Huntingdon-Parks 2-9, Vaughn 2-15. Northern Bedford-Diehl 3-128, Dasher 4-62, Snyder 1-14, Heck 1-10, Gorman 1-6, Raab 2-23.
INTERCEPTIONS: Northern Bedford-Over, Svitana.