BEA’s defense comes up big in beating P-O
By Ron Bracken
For the Mirror
PHILIPSBURG — Bald Eagle Area’s potent offense gets most of the attention but it was the Eagle defense, that turned in the key play in Friday night’s 46-14 win over Philipsburg-Osceola.
The Mounties had driven to the BEA 1 late in the first quarter when the Eagles were holding a 7-0 lead when Nick Turner tackled Ryan Whitehead just short of the goal line at the end of a 21-yard pass from Bubba Slogosky.
On the next three snaps the Mounties gave up 14 yards on a pair of sacks and Bubba Slogosky’s fourth-down pass fell incomplete, giving the Eagles the ball on the 20.
“I was really proud of Nick Turner for making that tackle,” said BEA coach Jesse Nagle. “We preach defending every inch of the field.”
“We thought for sure he was in,” said Mountie coach Brian McGonigal. “We just didn’t have enough push. We need to be ab le to get that push to get that one or two yards.”
But for the night BEA’s nearly perfectly balanced offense was too much for the Mounties.
BEA, behind quarterback Jaden Jones, ran for 262 yards and passed for 219 as the Eagles took a 26-0 lead at the half as Jones threw for a pair of touchdowns and the running game chipped in with a pair or scores.
“They’re very skilled but we knew that coming in,” said McGonigal. “They’ve got some big boys who run hard and can move the ball down the field. We were competitive at times, made them go three and four downs. ”
BEA turned the ball over on downs on its first possession but the second time around Jones engineered a five-play drive that started at his own 34 and ended when he hooked u with Nick Turner for a41-yard score. Peter Van Cise kicked the PAT to make it 7-0 with 7:14 left in the first quarter.
After the goal line stand BEA took over on the 20 and lost 10 yards on a penalty. Then the Eagles began moving the ball as Jones and Matt Reese combined to put the ball on the 36 where, on third down, Jones and Turner hooked up again for a 64-yard strike with 1:06 left in the quarter. The PAT kick failed. The duo had teamed up for a 41-yard TD on BEA’s second possession of the game.
BEA started the second quarter with the ball on the P-O 49 and marched to the 3 where Jones and Kael Gardner teamed up for a score with 8:57 left before the half. The PAT kick failed.
Another long-distance march followed the next time the Eagles got the ball as they started on their own 39 and drove to the 11 where Jones took it in with 2:31 to go. BEA tried to run for the two-point conversion but the Mounties stopped it.
Jones finished the half completing 12 of 17 passes for 192 yards and three scores.
“He’s a leader,” Nagle said. “He is a difference-maker. He’s the engine of the offense. He’s making better reads this year and his legs are better.”
The Mounties got a burst of excitement when Chase Chapman took the second-half kickoff, broke several tackles and went 811 yards down the left sideline for a touchdown but the two-point conversion play failed, making it 26-6.
BEA answered by scoring on its next three possessions to put the mercy rule in effect as Tommy Snyder scored on an 11-yard run, Jones and Mathew Reese connected for a 15-yard score and when Ryan Whitehead’s pass was picked off at the Mountie 49 and two plays later Jones ran 20-yards for BEA’s final score on the night and Van Cise kicked the PAT with 4:58 left in the third quarter.
The Mounties put the final points on the scoreboard when Caleb Stamm scored from the 1. With 3:20 to go in the game.
P-O, now 0-2, will play Bellefonte at Lock Haven University’s Hubert Jack Stadium Friday at 7 p.m.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Bald Eagle Area 13 13 20 0 — 46
Philipsburg-Osceola 0 0 6 8 — 14
B–Turner, 41 pass from Jones (Van Cise Kick), 7:24
B–Turner, 64 pass from Jones (kick failed); 1:06
B–Gardner, 2 pass from Jones (Van Cise kick), 8:57
B–Jones, 11 run (run failed); 2:31
PO–Chapman, 81 kickoff return (pass failed), 11:46
BEA–Snyder, 11 run; (kick failed), 9:31
BEA–Reese, 15 pass from Jones, (Van Cise kick), 6:42
BEA–Jones, 20 run; (Van Cise kick), 4:58
PO–Stamm, 1 run; (Hofe pass from R. Whitehead), 3:20
TEAM STATS BEA P-O
First Downs 17 7
Total Yards 481 158
Rushes/Yards 39-262 19-28
Att-Comp.-Int 23-14-0 19-7-1
Pass Yards 219 130
Fumbles/Lost 1-0 2-1
Penalties/Yards 4-40 4-16
Punts/Avg 1-38 3-41
Rushing–Bald Eagle Area, McClenahan 6-51, Roberts 10-87, Jones 10-54, Rees 2-19, Snyder 2-22, Wible 2-7, LeFebvre 4-14, Proctor 2-(minus) 7; Team 1-0; Philipsburg-Osceola, Slogosky 4-(mnus) 7, McDonald 12-26, Chapman 1-9, Martin 1-(minus) 3, R. Whitehead 3-(minus)3, Stamm 2-1, Team 1-(minus) 11.
Passing–Bald Eagle Area, Jones 14-21-0, LeFebvre, 0-2-0; Philipsburg-Osceola, Slogosky 5-12-1; R. Whitehead 2-7-0.
Receiving–Bald Eagle Area, Turner 4-117, McClenahan 1-16, Reese 2-31, Bittnger 1-8, Gardner 2-15, Hoover 1-1; Philipsburg-Osceola, R. Whitehead 2-44; McDonald 1-17, Depto 1-34, Chapman 1-5, Thompson 1-12, Hofe 1-21.