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Blue Devil defense dominates in victory

BELLWOOD — In front of the typically-packed home stands now laid bare due to state coronavirus restrictions, the Bellwood-Antis defense dominated the Everett offense from the start and rode away with a 46-0 win on a chilly Friday night at Memorial Stadium.

The Blue Devils ran to the tune of 243 yards with 15 different ball carriers, only attempting a pass seven times. They have not allowed their opponents to score in six consecutive quarters.

Everett couldn’t get out of its own backfield, finishing with negative total yardage.

Play of the game: Bellwood-Antis running back Zach Mallon returned the opening kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown.

Player of the game: Mallon had 21 yards rushing on three carries to go along with his kick return touchdown to open the game.

Unsung hero(es): The Everett kick return unit did a tremendous job of placing its offense in good field position. It finished past the team’s own 40-yard line on three or four returns.

Most vital statistic(s): Everett could not get it going on offense, only earning one first down compared to Bellwood-Antis’ 20. Everett also fumbled the ball on punt attempts two separate times and turned the ball over on downs, giving Bellwood-Antis great field positioning.

Bellwood-Antis coach Nick Lovrich: “We’re really fortunate we have a lot of talented kids on our team. Our line, from the beginning of the game to the end of the game, blocked pretty well and we were able to move the ball, so it was like that whole 11-guy effort. We’re just cherishing every moment. That was our theme tonight before our game; just cherish the fact that we’re playing and enjoy the roses. So we enjoyed smelling the roses today and we’re going to cherish this win and move on to next week.”

Notable: B-A used 15 different ball carriers on offense, totaling almost 250 yards on the ground. … The Blue Devils’ defense pressured Warrior quarterback Malex Akers all night, sacking him four times and forcing several high throws.

Records: Bellwood-Antis (2-0); Everett (0-2).

Next week: Bellwood-Antis hosts Glendale. Everett hosts Juniata Valley.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Everett 0 0 0 0 — 0

Bellwood-Antis 20 26 0 0 — 46

First Quarter

BA–Mallon 80 kick return (kick good), 11:48.

BA–Plank 1 rush (kick failed), 8:32.

BA–Mallon 34 rush (kick good), 5:58.

Second Quarter

BA–Keen 8 pass from Pellegrine (kick failed), 11:54.

BA–Dorminy 25 pass from Pellegrine (kick good), 7:36.

BA–Gibbons 10 rush (kick good), 5:42.

BA–Pellegrino 8 rush (kick failed), 0:06.

TEAM STATISTICS E BA

First downs 1 20

Total yards (-6) 305

Rushes-yards 13-(-43) 40-243

Yards passing 37 62

Passing (comp.-att.-int.) 2-14-1 4-7-0

Punts-avg. 4-26 0-0

Fumbles-lost 3-1 1-0

Penalties-yards 7-65 2-10

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING–Everett, Calhoun 1-0, Grove 1-(minus 5), Iseminger 5-(minus 9), Akers 6-(minus 29). Bellwood-Antis, Gibbons 8-53, Kost 6-32, Pellegrino 2-26, Noonan 2-23, Mallon 3-21, Hescox 3-21, Shildt 2-16, Dorminy 1-10, Weeden 1-9, Ridgway 3-8, Andrews 1-6, Diossa 1-5, Pellegrine 1-5, Poorman 1-2.

PASSING–Everett, Akers 2-17-1-32. Bellwood-Antis, Pellegrine 4-7-0-62.

RECEIVING–Everett, Seese 1-27, Calhoun 1-5. Bellwood-Antis, Dorminy 1-25, Shedlock 1-17, Keen 1-8.

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