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Eagles’ offense shines

TYRONE — If the first game of the football season against Bellefonte is any indication, Tyrone’s opponents will have a tough time figuring how to stop the tandem of quarterback Brandon Lucas and Damon Gripp.

Lucas threw two touchdown passes of 25 and 56 yards to Gripp, who caught five passes for 146 yards and also intercepted two passes in leading the Golden Eagles to a 21-13 win on a beautiful Friday night at Gray-Vets Memorial Field.

Fifty-four fans were permitted to attend the game — all parents of seniors from Tyrone and Bellefonte — to meet the 250-person outdoor limit set by Gov. Tom Wolf. A dozen or so fans watched from outside the gate on both ends of the field. Upon entering the stadium, temperatures were checked and people had to sign COVID-19 waivers and wear masks.

“It was weird,” Tyrone coach John Franco said. “It is a shame that the Tyrone faithful couldn’t have witnessed this. I’m glad the parents got to see it.”

Offensive play of the game: Under heavy pressure, Lucas threw a 56-yard touchdown pass to Gripp in the second quarter.

Defensive play of the game: On fourth-and-goal from inside the Tyrone 1, the Golden Eagles stopped Bellefonte quarterback Ethan Rossman (24 carries, 120 yards, two touchdown runs) on a keeper.  

Player of the game: Gripp caught five passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns. He also intercepted two passes.  

Unsung hero(es): The Tyrone offensive line. 

Most vital statistic(s): Lucas completed 9-of-18 passes for 186 yards.  

Bellefonte coach Shanon Manning: “(Gripp) is a fantastic receiver. We knew coming into the game he was one of the best receivers in the league. He made plays, and that’s what great players do.”

Tyrone coach John Franco: “This (Bellefonte) is a great football team, and for us to play this well, I think it shows what we can do. The key is we’ve got to handle success, feel good about it and tomorrow we get back to work.”

Tyrone senior Damon Gripp: “My line set Brandon up, and Brandon set me up with the perfect passes every time.”  

Notable: Tommy Hicks, who led Tyrone in rushing with 45 yards on 11 carries, scored on an 11-yard run with 2:37 remaining. … After Rossman scored on a 3-yard run with 6:55 left in the third, a PAT would have tied the score, but a bad snap left the Eagles with a 14-13 lead. … The Eagles lost two fumbles. … Tyrone outgained Bellefonte, 266-223.  

Next week: Bellefonte hosts Central next Friday; Tyrone plays at Clearfield next Friday

Records: Bellefonte (0-1), Tyrone (1-0)

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Bellefonte 7 0 6 0 –13

Tyrone 7 7 0 7 –21

First Quarter

B–Rossman 5 run (Persiko kick), 9:27

T–Gripp 25 pass from Lucas (Markley kick), 2:30

Second Quarter

T–Gripp 56 pass from Lucas (Markley kick), 9:07

Third Quarter

B–Rossman 3 run (pass failed), 6:55

Fourth Quarter

T–Hicks 11 run (Markley kick), 2:37

TEAM STATISTICS B T

First downs 12 10

Total yards 223 266

Rushes-yards 42-146 28-80

Yards passing 77 186

Passing (comp.-att.-int) 7-14-2 9-18-0

Punts-avg. 3-39.6 2-33.5

Fumbles-lost 1-0 2-2

Penalties-yards 3-29 4-37

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING: Bellefonte–Rossman 24-120, Saunders 8-28, Paloskey 4-12, Capparelle 2-3, Dann 1-2, Fitzgerald 2-(-3), Emel 1-(-16). Tyrone–Hicks 11-45, Lucas 14-25, Gampe 3-10.

PASSING: Bellefonte–Rossman 7-14-2-77. Tyrone–Lucas 9-18-0-186.

RECEIVING: Bellefonte–Emel 3-35, Nadolsky 1-19, Weaver 1-15, Capparelle 2-8. Tyrone–Gripp 5-146, Gampe 1-19, Hicks 2-11, Rhoades 1-10.

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