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Victory for Altoona marks field opening

Maroon and White pushes over three touchdowns against Bellefonte foe to take 20-6 decision at Mansion Park — Harold Thompson stars.

By Zip Milburn

Altoona High opened a new athletic field and conquered an ancient and highly respected rival on Saturday afternoon, the Maroons of coach Snaps Emanuel handing out a 20-6 licking to the Centre County Reds while a crowd of 7,000 was entertained on an inspection party to the new Mansion Park field.

The win was Altoona’s third straight victory. The decision came within the first two minutes of play, Altoona going across early.

Bellefonte outgained Altoona in first downs, the visitors taking nine and Altoona eight. But Altoona won the game.

Altoona started the scoring in the first quarter. Ty Rush broke through and blocked a Bellefonte punt and recovered the ball on the 8-yard line. Two line bucks placed the ball on the 1-yard line, and Thompson carried it across for a touchdown. Rush added the extra point by a placement.

The Maroon and White team became chesty and started to take things easy, and then the “two-man” Bellefonte backfield went into action, and what Mr. Confer and Mr. Kelley, sporting jerseys 16 and 20, did to Altoona’s line in the second quarter was just too bad.

Bellefonte, or rather the above Confer-Kelley combination, batted their way through Altoona’s line for 50 yards, and then the other two members of the Bellefonte backfield did their bit when Heverly heaved a 20-yard forward pass to Shope, who was over the goal line for a Bellefonte touchdown. They failed to make their extra point.

Halftime stopped any more damage by either team.

What overconfidence the Altoona players had in the second quarter left them between halves, when Coach Emanuel swung into action, and the Altoona team that faced Bellefonte to start the second half looked like a different machine.

The Confer-Kelley duo again tried their line crushing tactics, but their gains were lacking as the Altoona defense stiffened. Altoona took possession of the ball when Thompson recovered a fumble on the 50-yard line, and to show the fans that they were not satisfied to win by a touchdown scored by a “break,” they began a march which ended when Thompson scored his second touchdown. Weld, Thompson and Milton all made good gains in this march. The extra point failed.

Altoona added its final touchdown in the fourth quarter. Calderwood intercepted a Bellefonte pass on the 30-yard line. Weld, Thompson and Clifford took the ball to the 8-yard line, and then Thompson skirted left end for the remaining 8 yards for his third touchdown. Rush added the extra point.

The summary:

Bellefonte–6 Altoona–20

Killeher LE Rush

Brick LT Hoenstine

Spangler LF Lieb

Dry C Albright

Bickett RG Adams

Fecaro RT Rouzer

Haag RE Calderwood

Heverly QB Clifford

Shope LHB Sipes

Kelley RHB Thompson

Conifer, Capt. FB Miller, Capt.

Referee, Russ Stine, W&J. Umpire, Charley F. Morrell, Penn State; Head linesman, B.S. Kingsley, F&M.

Substitutions–Altoona. Milton for Miller. Fuoss for Albright. Weld for Sipes. DeSteffano for Clifford. Clifford for DeSteffano. Winegardner for Adams. McClellan for Hoenstine. Shiveley for Lieb. Stanley for Thompson. Fusco for Rouzer. Wilson for Calderwood. Kerlin for Clifford.

Bellefonte, Getty for Haag. Foster for Spangler. Haag for Getty. Keller for Killeher. Mavis for Bickett. Steel for Bicker. Boscano for Fecaro.

Touchdowns, Thompson 3, Shope.

Points after touchdown, Rush 2, (Placements.)

Missed points after touchdown, Rush 1, Confer 1.

Time of quarters, 12 minutes.

Score by quarters:

Altoona 7 0 6 7 — 20

Bellefonte 0 6 0 0 — 6

Note: A detailed play-by-play portion of this story is not included here.

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