Hunter, fellow Tyrone seniors dominant
TYRONE – Senior night is always special, and it was special for Tyrone Area High School’s seniors Friday.
Playing their final regular-season game at Gray-Veterans Memorial Field, Tyrone’s seniors, especially the skill players, sparkled as the Golden Eagles ran roughshod over outmanned Central Mountain, 61-0, in a non-conference mismatch.
Tyrone, one of the District 6 leaders in Class AA, built a 55-0 lead at the half en route to its seventh win in eight games.
Senior running back Aleic Hunter had another big night, rushing for 147 yards on 13 carries and scoring three touchdowns on runs of 72, 4 and 25.
Duane Boone moved from tight end to fullback because of an injury to fellow senior Eli Sleeth and, besides providing a lot of blocking for Aleic Hunter, Boone scored his first rushing TD of the season.
Senior quarterback Garrett Hunter was 7-for-7 passing for 159 yards and threw touchdown passes of 33 yards each to Nick Getz and Silas Crawford, both seniors. Getz had three catches for 98 yards while Crawford caught a pair for 46.
Crawford actually scored three TDs, two on punt returns of 73 and 67 yards in the first quarter.
“It was a great feeling,” said Crawford, who also returned a punt for a score against Bald Eagle Area earlier in the season. “I return them, but I couldn’t do anything without blocking.”
After Central Mountain went three-and-out on its first possession, the Wildcats punted to Crawford, who took it all the way back (73 yards) for a TD.
“As soon as I caught the punt, I looked up and the holes were there, so I just took off,” Crawford said. “On the second one, there were holes everywhere and I just ran straight.”
Crawford said his high school career has gone by quickly.
“I feel like yesterday I was playing Pee Wee,” he said. “Then it was grade school, and, when I looked up, it was senior night.
“It was a great feeling for us to go out and win the way we did.”
Tyrone lost to Clearfield last week.
“It was very important to bounce back because our self esteem was kind of low,” Crawford said. “But, we kept our heads up and came back focused Monday. We did a lot of conditioning and watched a lot of films. We went hard every practice this week, and it paid off.”
Tyrone coach Jason Wilson was pleased with the Eagles’ bounce-back performance.
“We opened with a couple punt returns, and that was huge,” Wilson said. “I thought we could execute a return and it was nice to see.
“We played well the first half,” he continued. “The main thing was we had to make sure we got better tonight after last week’s loss. We made plays when we had to.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Central Mountain…………………….0 0 0 0 – 0
Tyrone28 27 6 0 – 61
T-Crawford 73 punt return (Vipond kick), 9:57.
T-Boone 3 run (Vipond kick), 5:50.
T-Crawford 67 punt return (Vipond kick), 4:07.
T-A. Hunter 72 run (Vipond kick), :31.
T-A. Hunter 4 run (kick failed), 10:11.
T-A. Hunter 25 run (Vipond kick), 6:47.
T-Getz 33 pass from G. Hunter (Vipond kick), 4:43.
T-Crawford 33 pass from G. Hunter (Vipond kick), :58.
T-Taylor 1 run (kick failed), 6:29.
RUSHING: Central Mountain-Yandell 4-32, Weaver 14-26, Harris 6-8, Bitner 2-5, Neff 6-3, Mansfield 3-2, McGill 4-(-10). Tyrone-A. Hunter 13-147, Taylor 9-42, Farias 7-33, Boone 2-25, Weaver 3-14, Albert 3-6, Skelton 1-2, D. Hunter 1-(-2) .
PASSING: Central Mountain-Bitner 4-11-0-40, Neff 0-2-0-0. Tyrone-G. Hunter 7-7-0-159.
RECEIVING: Central Mountain-Neff 1-24, Harris 1-10, McGill 1-9, Weaver 1-(-3). Tyrone-Getz 3-98, Crawford 2-46, Snyder 1-8, Makdad 1-7.