B-A defense steps up against JV
From Mirror reports
ALEXANDRIA — One of the goals Bellwood-Antis coach Nick Lovrich has established for his first season is game-to-game improvement.
Friday night, the Blue Devils improved through each quarter.
After a scoreless opening period, Bellwood took a 14-0 halftime lead, then finished strong with 20 fourth-quarter points in a 41-7 romp over host Juniata Valley.
“We set goals for ourselves every week, and our goal is to be better than we were the week before,” Lovrich said. “This was the best game we’ve played all season. Hopefully we can continue to improve. We challenged our guys. The goals we set were lofty.”
Bellwood (2-1) has now won two straight following a season-opening loss at Tyrone. The Green Hornets fell to 1-2.
“I’m still proud of our kids,” Valley coach Bill Musser said. “The guys worked their butts off all week in the 90-degree weather. We persevered. We really took a step forward tonight. They were having fun. They were enjoying the physical part of the football game.”
Bellwood senior quarterback Shawn Wolfe opened the scoring with a 1-yard touchdown plunge and then found sophomore Zach Mallon for a 13-yard TD reception that gave the Devils a 14-0 halftime lead.
Senior tailback Alex Frederick led the Bellwood ground attack with 122 yards on 17 carries and a pair of touchdowns.
“Going into the season, I knew we had some good skill kids,” Lovrich said. “The thing I was most impressed with today was how our backs blocked. The backs blocking and the offensive line doing their job, that’s just unselfishness. That’s what makes a good football team. Nobody really cares who gets the credit as long as at the end Bellwood gets the credit, and that’s what happened tonight.”
A pair of freshmen, Cooper Guyer and Connor Gibbons, tacked on fourth-quarter rushing touchdowns for B-A, which hosts Everett next week.
Juniata Valley’s Jaxson Rand scored Valley’s lone touchdown on a 35-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Lovrich was especially pleased with the Bellwood defense, which allowed just five first downs and forced seven punts.
Valley standout Quinn Zinobile was held to 23 yards rushing and six completions.
“We worked all week on containing,” Lovrich said. “Coach (Rick) Schreier works with the D-ends, and his big word was ‘contain, contain, contain.’ That’s what you have to do against a good athlete like that. He’s an awesome athlete. He’s probably one of the best athletes in the area, and our guys did a great job shutting him down.”
The Green Hornets travel to Williamsburg on Friday.
“You have to take your hat off to Bellwood,” Musser said. “They did a very nice job sitting at home and being disciplined, and staying in their lanes. Bellwood was disciplined.”
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Bellwood-Antis 0 14 7 20 — 41
Juniata Valley 0 0 0 7 — 7
BA — Wolfe 1 run, (Schmoke kick), 1:31
BA — Mallon 13 pass from Wolfe, (Schmoke kick), :24
BA — Frederick 13 run, (Schmoke kick), 7:21
BA — Frederick 4 run, (Schmoke kick), 7:33
BA — Guyer 15 run, (Schmoke kick), 6:38
JV — Rand 35 run, (Hill kick), 5:18
BA — Gibbons 8 run, (kick failed), 1:32
Team Statistics BA JV
First Downs 26 5
Att-Yards Rushing 51-372 24-85
Pass Att.-Comp.-Int. 2-12-1 6-18-1
Passing Yards 37 80
Total Plays-Yards 63-409 42-165
Fumbles-Lost 3-0 2-1
Penalties-Yards 5-50 3-30
Punts-Average 4-36.7 7-30.7
RUSHING: Bellwood-Antis, Frederick 17-122, Boyer 9-71, Gibbons 4-59, Kost 5-55, Wolfe 8-22, Guyer 2-22, Plank 6-21. Juniata Valley, Jx. Rand 8-68, Zinobile 12-23, Johnson 1-3, Brower 1-1, Jy. Rand 1-0, Team 1-(-10).
PASSING: Bellwood-Antis, Wolfe 2-10-1-37, Miller 0-2-0-0. Juniata Valley, Zinobile 6-17-1-80, Jx. Rand 0-1-0-0
RECEIVING: Bellwood-Antis, Wyland 1-24, Mallon 1-13. Juniata Valley, Derugen 1-44, Jx. Rand 1-30, Betres 2-3, Musser 1-2, Brower 1-1.