Pellegrine FG wins it for B-A
BELLWOOD — At 6-foot, 280 pounds Bellwood-Antis senior Evan Pellegrine is not a prototypical kicker. He’s more known for his play on the offensive and defensive line.
Pellegrine, though, became the Blue Devils’ hero Friday night against Juniata Valley by connecting on his first career field goal.
Pellegrine, who is in his first year kicking extra points and field goals, shrugged off two attempts to ice him and kicked a 21-yard field goal with 2.5 seconds left to give the Blue Devils a 24-21 win over the Green Hornets in a battle of unbeatens at Bellwood’s Memorial Field.
Quarterback Trevor Miller, who completed 9-of-20 for 145 yards, led the Devils on a nine-play, 54-yard drive in a little more than 1:53 to set Pellegrine up to be the hero.
Play of the game: Pellegrine’s 21-yard field goal with 2.5 seconds left.
Player of the game: Miller completed 9 of 20 pass for 145 yards, two touchdown passes and an interception.
Unsung hero(es): B-A running back Zach Mallon ran for 145 yards on 22 carries and caught three passes for 36 yards. The Devils sacked JV quarterback Caden Rupert six times for 49 yards in losses. JV punter Hunter Johnson averaged 46 yards a punt on his first five kicks.
Most vital statistic(s): B-A rushed for 214 yards and passed for 145, amassing 359 total yards. After the Hornets scored three touchdowns in the second quarter, B-A held them scoreless in the second half.
JV’s Bill Musser: “We knew that we had to play mistake-free football, and we made one more mistake than they made. Bellwood is a heck of a team. This is where we want to be as a program. Close isn’t good enough. One of these we have to beat them to prove that we’re anything.”
B-A’s Nick Lovrich: “It was kind of like one of those Rocky films, where you’re going 15 rounds, Rocky and Apollo Creed going at each other. We got the last punch. Evan has worked so hard for everything he’s done so far in his career. It’s great to see him be able to make that. We always talk in practice about putting pressure on him. He really stepped up there.”
Bellwood-Antis kicker Evan Pellegrine: “That was probably the most stressful five seconds of my life. I was ready for anything. I was focused on getting it through the uprights. I wasn’t going to left my guys down.”
Notable: There were three touchdowns scored in 1:08 at the end of the second quarter. Rupert threw a 19-yard touchdown pass with 1:18 left. Miller followed with an 18-yard TD pass to Troy Walker with 41.8 seconds remaining. Grant Musser picked off Miller and went 65 yards for a touchdown with 10.5 seconds left. … Rupert completed 12 of his 20 passes for 150 yards. … The Hornets had won 12 of their last 13 games entering the contest.
Next week: Bellwood-Antis visits Everett next Friday. Juniata Valley hosts Williamsburg.
Records: Juniata Valley (2-1), Bellwood-Antis (3-0)
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Juniata Valley 0 21 0 0 –21
Bellwood-Antis 7 14 0 3 –24
BA–Kost 44 pass from Miller (E. Pellegrine kick), 3:59
BA–Plank 5 run (E. Pellegrine kick), 9:48
JV–Betres 2 run (kick failed), 5:42
JV–Johnson 19 pass from Rupert (Johnson pass from Rupert), 1:18
BA–Walker 18 pass from Miller (E. Pellegrine kick), :41.8
JV–Musser 65 INT return (Hill kick), :10.5
BA–E. Pellegrine 21 FG, :2.5
TEAM STATISTICS JV BA
First downs 11 20
Total yards 190 359
Rushes-yards 32-40 41-214
Yards passing 150 145
Passing (comp.-att.-int.) 12-20-0 9-20-1
Punts-avg. 6-39.1 3-33.0
Fumbles-lost 3-3 2-1
Penalties-yards 7-66 5-45
RUSHING: Juniata Valley–Brower 7-36, Betres 11-32, Rand 2-4, Musser 2-3, Rupert 10-(-35). Bellwood-Antis–Mallon 22-145, Plank 12-42, Boyer 4-20, Kost 1-4, Miller 2-3.
PASSING: Juniata Valley–Rupert 12-20-0-150. Bellwood-Antis–Miller 9-20-1-145.
RECEIVING: Juniata Valley–Hensor 4-46, Brower 3-43, Johnson 2-28, Musser 2-20, Giles 1-13. Bellwood-Antis–Kost 2-57, Walker 3-41, Mallon 3-36, Shedlock 1-11.