2nd-quarter TDs key NBC’s rout of Vikings
LOYSBURG – Punts, penalties and turnovers dominated most of the Northern Bedford-Glendale game, but one team put it all together during a short span late in the first half to run away with the win.
A 0-0 game midway through the second quarter, Northern Bedford scored five touchdowns in a span of 4:30 and went on to a 41-0 victory Friday at Panther Community Stadium.
“We didn’t implode when things went terribly at the beginning of the game,” Northern coach Jeff Batzel said. “There was a lot of awkwardness with our personnel. We just looked awkward. Then we exploded.”
Blake Over started the barrage with a 1-yard quarterback sneak with 5:39 to play in the half.
“That was the game. Once they scored, that was the game,” Glendale coach Matt Irvine said. “When one thing goes wrong, we can’t drop our heads. That just leads to more mistakes. We have to come together as a team, forget about this one and move on to next week.”
After Glendale fumbled away the ensuing the kickoff, Over found Jacob Dasher behind the Vikings defense for a 30-yard score.
Dasher scored the next touchdown as well when Over once again found him behind the Glendale defense with 2:25 left in the half. This one went for 57 yards.
Over played a role in five of the Black Panthers’ six touchdowns. In addition the one rushing touchdown, the senior signal caller threw for three scores and returned an interception for another one.
“We can score every time we have the ball. On every play we’re a threat to score a touchdown,” Batzel said.
The Black Panthers defense did the bulk of the work on the fourth and fifth touchdowns. One play after Kyler Diehl returned an interception 34 yards to the Vikings’ 2, Austin Heck scored with 2:04 left in the half.
Fifty-five seconds later, Over took an interception back all the way for a 65-yard touchdown.
In all, Glendale committed five turnovers, the two interceptions plus three lost fumbles. Northern Bedford had no turnovers.
Glendale’s best opportunity to score came with time running out in the first half. Alex Iraca ripped off a 30-yard run and completed three passes for another 35 yards, but Shea O’Donnell went down at the 12-yard line as time expired.
The Vikings managed just 113 yards of total offense. The Northern Bedford front spent most of the game in the Glendale backfield, particularly linebacker Jesse Claar.
“He caused a lot of problems. He played an outstanding game on defense,” Batzel said. “Sometimes kids step up to the plate. Jesse Claar stepped up to the plate for us.”
Glendale prepared for the Northern Bedford rush but just weren’t able to handle it come game time, Irvine said.
“It’s just mental lapses. We worked on the blitz all week in practice,” he said.”
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Glendale0 0 0 0 – 0
Northern Bedford0 33 8 0 – 41
NB-Over 1 run (Bequeath kick), 5:39.
NB-Dasher 30 pass from Over (kick failed), 4:56.
NB-Dasher 57 pass from Over (kick failed), 2:25.
NB-Heck 2 run (Bequeath kick), 2:04.
NB-Over 65 interception return (Bequeath kick), 1:09.
NB-Snyder 44 pass from Over (Over from Diehl), :45.
RUSHING: Glendale-Kimberly 8-9, Iraca 7-26, Hewitt 4-13, Stewart 3-2, Rojas 1-(-1), Braniff 5-(-5), Hommer 1-3. Northern Bedford-Heck 9-17, Hershberger 2-4, Over 6-21, Kolinchak 7-33, TEAM 1-(-10).
PASSING: Glendale-Iraca 5-17-2-60, Braniff 2-4-0-6, TEAM 0-1-0-0. Northern Bedford-Over 12-27-0-217, Batzel 0-0-0-0.
RECEIVING: Glendale-Hommer 1-5, O’Donnell 5-43, Hewitt 1-18. Northern Bedford-Diehl 3-25, Snyder 2-58, Heck 3-25, Dasher 4-109.
INTERCEPTIONS: Northern Bedford-Over, Diehl.