Golden Eagles up to Wildcats’ challenge
MILL?HALL – Looking in from the outside, Central Mountain appeared to be the perfect remedy for Tyrone, which dropped another one-point decision to Clearfield in last week’s annual meeting.
And despite it initially being a little tough to swallow, Tyrone eventually got the medicine down to defeat Central Mountain, 48-21, Friday night.
“I’d much rather be in a game like this than one that gets out of hand,” Tyrone coach Steve Guthoff said. “This was good for our guys to get a taste of that smash-mouth style that Central Mountain came in with.”
The game had the makings of another tight contest for the Golden Eagles.
Central Mountain (1-7), which went with Travis Turchetta at quarterback, went away from its normal wing offense, running a more conventional attack out of the I formation.
“I helped us a little bit changing to the I formation,” Central Mountain coach Vinnie Kishbaugh said. “We knew we were going to have Travis making his first start and wanted to take some stuff off his plate. We ran straight out of the I formation.”
The decision surprised most in attendance, especially Tyrone (6-2), which gave up touchdowns on Central Mountain’s first two drives of the game.
“They really changed things up,” Guthoff said. “They gave us everything they could tonight on defense. They were really physical.”
The decision to go with Turchetta, and the change in the offensive approach, appeared to work initially as Turchetta drove Central Mountain down the field on its first two possessions.
Nigel English highlighted the Wildcats first drive, carrying the ball nine times for 47 yards. Turchetta eventually capped the scoring drive with a 5-yard carry on a bootleg.
Turchetta’s presence impacted the Central Mountain offense, which converted two of five third down attempts in the first half with one leading to a touchdown.
“It was the injuries, and the last two weeks have been rough on him,” Kisbaugh said of Central Mountain’s sophomore quarterback Bryce Bitner, who was sidelined for the Tyrone game. “It’s mostly been due to injuries. They have been a bug with us all year, and we want to make sure Bryce is healthy.”
For Tyrone, it was a lot of the usual with James Oliver racking up 156 first-half rushing yards. He also rushed for a score on a 33-yard carry to give Tyrone a 7-0 lead.
Oliver, who finished with 205 yards on 19 carries, was extremely productive in the second half, rushing for scores on runs of 1 and 35 yards.
“Once we got to the end of the third quarter we didn’t want Oliver taking anymore hits,” Guthoff said. “For us, some of the things we haven’t done traditionally, because of our height and size worked out pretty well for us again.”
A surprised Tyrone squad found itself down 14-7 at the conclusion of the first quarter. The Golden Eagles scored 21 points in the second quarter to take a 28-14 lead into halftime. Tyrone turned all three of its second quarter possessions into points.
Erik Wagner was able to do just enough on offense in the first half, completing three of his five attempts for 59 yards, two touchdowns and a two-point conversion. Wagner recorded two more completions in the second half to finish with 97 yards.
Both of Wagner’s touchdown passes went to Nick Getz.
Tyrone7 21 13 7 – 48
Central Mountain14 0 7 0 – 21
T-Oliver 33 run (Umholtz kick), 10:41.
CM-Turchetta 5 run (Myers kick), 4:45.
CM-English 10 run (Myers kick), 1:16.
T-Hunter 5 run (Umholtz kick), 11:53.
T-Getz 24 pass from Wagner (kick failed), 8:19.
T-Getz 33 pass from Wagner (Boone run).
T-Oliver 35 run (Umholtz kick), 8:18.
CM-Pavalko 45 pass from Turchetta (Myers kick), 4:27.
T-Oliver 1 run (kick failed), 2:16.
T-Oliver 3 run (Umholtz kick), 6:28.
RUSHING: Tyrone-Oliver 19-205, Hunter 7-33, Sleeth 2-4, Wagner 8-64, Soeliner 3-13. Central Mountain-English 25-128, Weaver 4-20, Turchetta 6-8, Team 2-4.
PASSING: Tyrone-Wagner 5-11-0-97. Central Mountain-Turchetta 6-14-0-109.
RECEIVING: Tyrone-Getz 2-57, Crawford 1-13, Boone 1-2, Hunter 1-26. Central Mountain-Barner 1-5, Pavalko 5-104.