Stingy defense tough in red zone for Bellwood
BELLWOOD — The Bellwood-Antis defense tighted up in three crucial moments during its Inter-County Conference game against Moshannon Valley, and pitched its third shutout of the season, 48-0, on Friday night during homecoming at Memorial Stadium.
Any time Mo Valley advanced the ball around the red zone, Bellwood’s defense delivered.
Zach Mallon ended a Mo Valley drive late in the first quarter with an interception in the end zone. Early in the second quarter, Blue Devils sophomore linebacker Cooper Guyer tipped an option-play pitch in the backfield to himself, and ran it back 65 yards to the Mo Valley 4 to set up a Mallon touchdown run. And Mo Valley had a third-quarter drive end at the B-A 17 on a fumble.
The Blue Devils offense found its rhythm early and often, carrying a 27-0 lead into halftime, powered by two touchdown runs from Nick Plank, and a TD run and a TD catch from Zach Mallon.
Play of the game: Early in the second quarter, Black Knights backup QB Ethan Webb ran an option to the left side, but Guyer disrupted it and created the turnover. That set up a Mallon TD and a 20-0 B-A lead.
Player of the game: Plank only carried the ball nine times but scored three touchdowns (1, 19 and 47 yards) and rushed for 113 yards.
Unsung hero(es): Midway through the fourth quarter, Bellwood’s Connor Gibbons fielded a Mo Valley punt in the middle of the field at his own 32-yard line. He broke to the sideline and raced 68 yards for a touchdown.
Most vital statistic: B-A’s defense held Mo Valley to 95 rushing yards on 36 carries.
Mo Valley coach Mike Keith: “They’re a good football team, they play all three phases very well.”
B-A coach Nick Lovrich: “I think we’ve gotten better every week and that’s what our goal is. We’re not really concerned about who we’re playing, we’re concerned with how we play, and I think we’re playing pretty well right now.”
Guyer: “I read the option play and I knew my responsibility was the pitch man there, so I just broke outside when I saw his hand motion go out for the pitch; I just tipped it and ran forward. It was a great feeling.”
Notable: Mo Valley starting QB Ben Murawski went down with a shoulder injury in the first quarter. He attempted to return, but left for good in the second quarter. Webb finished the game for the Black Knights. … Mallon rushed for 82 yards on 12 carries, and had a 60-yard catch-and-run for a TD. … B-A QB Trevor Miller was 5-of-7 for 131 yards and a touchdown. … B-A girls basketball standout Alli Campbell was named homecoming queen during halftime.
Records: Moshannon Valley (1-4), Bellwood-Antis (5-0).
Next week: Moshannon Valley hosts Williamsburg. Bellwood-Antis visits Northern Bedford.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Moshannon Valley 0 0 0 0 — 0
Bellwood-Antis 7 20 14 7 — 48
BA – Plank 1 run (Pellegrine kick), 5:43
BA – Plank 19 run (kick failed), 11:11
BA – Mallon 4 run (Pellegrine kick), 9:15
BA – Mallon 60 pass from Miller (Pellegrine kick), 5:15
BA – Plank 47 run (Pellegrine kick), 10:13
BA – J. Kost 3 run (Pellegrine kick), 5:10
BA – Gibbons 68 punt return (Noonan kick), 5:25
TEAM STATISTICS MV BA
First downs 7 14
Total yards 143 373
Rushes-yards 36-95 33-242
Yards passing 48 131
Passing (comp.-att.-int.) 3-4-1 5-7-0
Punts-avg. 6-29.8 2-30.5
Fumbles-lost 2-2 0-0
Penalties-yards 2-10 3-29
RUSHING — Moshannon Valley, Bacher 13-23, McCoy 7-28, Honan 5-28, Webb 5-19, Smeal 1-3, Team 1-(-1), Knuth 4-(-5); Bellwood-Antis, Plank 9-113, Mallon 12-82, Gibbons 3-18, J. Kost 3-12, Andrews 1-6, Shildt 1-4, Pellegrine 1-3, Pluebell 2-2, Pellegrino 1-2.
PASSING — Moshannon Valley, Murawski 3-4-1-48, Webb 0-0-0-0; Bellwood-Antis, Miller 5-7-0-131, Pellegrine 0-0-0-0.
RECEIVING — Moshannon Valley, McCoy 1-25, Honan 1-17, Bacher 1-6; Bellwood-Antis, Mallon 2-63, Walker 1-39, Shedlock 1-21, J. Kost 1-8.