Wolfe, Blue Devils improving every week
Shawn Wolfe has done a little bit of everything for the Bellwood-Antis football team this season, and the senior quarterback wants to make sure that continues much longer than one more game.
The Blue Devils went undefeated during the regular season in Wolfe’s junior year before they were upset in the first round of the playoffs by Westmont Hilltop.
This year, B-A comes into the postseason riding a nine-game winning streak and will be hosting another quarterfinal game against West Shamokin Saturday at 7 p.m.
“We’re very excited,” Wolfe said. “Last year, we left earlier than what we planned, and we want to show we’re a better team. This is a very big game, and it’s nice to have to crowd behind us and be playing at home.”
Wolfe has passed for nearly 1,000 yards this season and thrown six touchdown passes while running for more than 500 yards and 10 touchdowns. He’s also scored on defense and special teams.
“He’s gotten better every single week,” Bellwood-Antis coach Nick Lovrich said. “That’s our goal as a team, and we’re seeing that in Shawn. He’s a dual threat quarterback who can run and pass. Defensively, he just had a pick-6 and he’s contributed a lot on special teams as a returner.”
Wolfe and his team had to refocus after a season-opening loss to Tyrone. Rather than let it ruin their season, the Blue Devils managed to knock off Juniata Valley and Tussey Mountain (which both finished 8-2) and rallied from a 20-7 deficit a week ago to knock off 7-3 Southern Huntingdon.
“The attitude on the whole team in general changed after the Tyrone loss,” Wolfe said. “We decided to come together as one. We feel like it doesn’t matter who scores. It matters who wins at the end.”
Lovrich and Wolfe both know they will have their hands full Saturday.
“West Shamokin plays in a good league,” Lovrich said. “The Heritage Conference teams played very well in their crossover games against the WestPAC. They have backs who run hard, and their quarterback is good. They are very well balanced and scrappy.”
Lovrich, of course, could have been describing his own team with that statement.
Though he’s completed more than 50 percent of his passes and had several big games through the air, Wolfe would love to win Saturday’s game by including his teammates.
“We have to establish a run game, trust the line of scrimmage and the linemen. That’s where it all starts,” Wolfe said. “Defensively, we’ll have to stay disciplined and stop their running game.”