Raiders claim title

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Johnstown’s Austin Barber was off to a great start in the District 5-6-9 4A championship game against Bellefonte.

The senior signal caller’s passing and rushing had the Trojans out to an early 6-0. He also intercepted a pass on defense at the Johnstown 3 to snuff out Bellefonte’s first drive.

Barber left the game with an injury on the team’s ensuing possession, however, and did not return, quickly changing the complexion of the contest.

“He got hit on the sidelines. One of our guys fell on him. We think he broke his wrist,” Johnstown coach Tony Penna Jr. said. “He’s our heart and soul. The kids kept fighting, but it was a big blow.”

Bellefonte seized control of the game from there and went to a 34-12 win for its first district title since 1999.

“I was there for that one too,” Bellefonte coach Shanon Manning said. “It was the first year I ever coached. I coached with Tom Gravish. It was a cool experience, but this is sweet. Bellefonte seemed like they were dead and gone not too long ago.”

Quarterback Dylan Deitrich turned in a big game for the Red Raiders, rushing for 160 yards and four touchdowns on 26 carries to help Bellefonte move on to the state playoffs.

Bellefonte next plays District 4 champs Selinsgrove.

After Bellefonte went ahead 7-6 on C.J. Funk’s 8-yard TD run, Johnstown drove to the Bellefonte 2, but Bellefonte stuffed a quarterback sneak on 4th-and-1 to takeover on downs.

The Red Raiders put together a 12-play, 98-yard drive to take a 14-6 lead.

“That’s probably where the game was decided,” Deitrich said. “Maybe not from a score perspective but from a psychological perspective. When we stopped them and marched 98 yards, that’s where I thought we had control of the football game.”

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Johnstown 6 0 0 6 — 12

Bellefonte 7 7 7 13 — 34

First quarter

J–Berkins 5 pass from A. Barber (pass failed), 8:40.

B–Funk 8 run (Persiko kick), 2:58.

Second quarter

B–Deitrich 4 run (Persiko kick), 6:11.

Third quarter

B–Deitrich 13 run (Persiko kick), 6:11.

Fourth quarter

J–Carmichael fumble recovery in end zone (pass failed), 10:26.

B–Deitrich 3 run (Persiko kick), 7:07.

B–Deitrich 2 run (kick failed), 5:05.

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING: Johnstown–A. Barber 4-17, T. Fields 5-8, Britt 12-60, Rosiek 4-4, Williams 2-4, Berkins 1-3, S. Barber 5-(-11), Dawkins 1-1. Bellefonte–Deitrich 26-160, Gallishaw 6-11, Fortney 4-30, Funk 8-41, Grey 4-21, Kutches 1-6, Paloskey 2-1, TEAM 1-(-13).

PASSING: Johnstown–A. Barber 5-8-0-58, Britt 1-3-1-13, S. Barber 6-14-0-73. Bellefonte–Deitrich 5-10-1-81, Paloskey 0-0-0-0.

RECEIVING: Johnstown–Britt 2-3, Perry 2-28, Berkins 2-31, E. Fields 4-42, Rosiek 1-26, Tinsley 1-14. Bellefonte–Fortney 2-42, Gallishaw 1-21, Kutches 2-18.

INTERCEPTIONS: Johnstown–A. Barber. Bellefonte–Fortney.

TEAM STATISTICS J B

First downs 11 19

Rushes-yards 34-86 52-257

Passing (comp.-att.-int.) 12-25-1 5-10-1

Yards passing 144 81

Total yards 230 338

Fumbles-lost 1-0 2-1

Penalties-yards 4-45 3-30

Punts-avg. 1-34.0 1-24.0

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