From the archives: Blue Devils edge Tyrone: Bellwood-Antis spills Eagles, 13-12
Winners score twice in opening quarter; overflow crowd at Papertown lid-lifter.
TYRONE — Keep your eyes on Bellwood-Antis High in the Class A division of the Western Conference this year. The Blue Devils got off on the right foot last night as they scored their second straight triumph over neighboring Tyrone by a 13-12 score in the 1950 opener for both schools. An overflow crowd of 6,000 saw the thriller.
It was the third win for the Blue Devils in the 16-game series and gave coach Earl Strohm a perfect record over the Eagles. Bellwood-Antis won last year’s game, 15-0.
The Mainliners, who were cheered to victory by practically the entire community of Bellwood, struck for both touchdowns in the opening quarter.
Mike Hoffer’s 55-yard touchdown return of Fran Givler’s punt, with the game less than three minutes old, gave the Blue Devils a 6-0 lead. Ken DeRemer’s extra point try from placement failed.
A minute later, the Mainliners were headed for their second touchdown and the extra point which decided the hard-fought scrap.
Bellwood recovered a Papertown fumble on the Tyrone 30 to get within scoring range. An offside penalty against the Eagles moved the Mainliners 5 yards closer to the goal line, and fullback DeRemer ripped off 7 yards to the 18 to set up the TD.
On the next play, Hoffer passed to end Dick Keller on the 15, and the receiver in turn lateralled to quarterback Don Roth, who covered the remaining distance for the score. DeRemer became the fair-haired boy when he split the uprights for the extra point to give Bellwood-Antis a 13-0 bulge.
Tyrone came within seven points of the eventual winners late in the second quarter. A punt exchange gave Tyrone possession on the Blue Devil 32. Two plays netted the touchdown. Fullback Harold Phillips went 20 yards to the 12 on the first try and followed with a run for the six-pointer. Givler’s kick for the singleton was blocked.
An interception of a Blue Devil pass on the Mainline 23 on the final play of the third stanza paved the way for Tyrone’s second touchdown. A pass, Tony Barr to Ernie Anderson, placed the pigskin on the 1 after four plays in the fourth session. John Kelly rushed over on the next try for the score. Phillips was stopped on a buck for the extra point.
Tyrone 0 6 0 0 — 12
Bellwood 13 0 0 0 — 13
Touchdowns: Hoffer, Roth, Phillips, Kelly. Point after touchdown: DeRemer (placement). Substitutions: Tyrone– Franchio, Panasiti, Barr, Patton, Little, Kelley, Miller, Woodring. Bellwood–Bigelow, Nearhoof, Yingling, D. Rutledge, Estep. Referee, McMillan; umpire, Dickett; head linesman, Miller; field judge, Kerr.
First downs 6 7
Penalties 3-18 3-25
Yds. gained, rushing 69 89
Yds. lost, rushing 1 21
Net yds., rushing 68 68
Passes tried 10 14
Passes completed 2 5
Total yds., passes 30 103
Passes intercepted 0 2
Laterals 1 0
Yds. gained laterals 15 0
Aver. yds. punts 40 34
Fumbles 3 6
Own fumbles rec’d 1 3
Other side’s rec’d 3 2