Panthers back on track with road shutdown
FLINTON — Northern Bedford bounced back from a disappointing second half in a season-opening loss to Bellwood-Antis with a 40-0 victory over Glendale Friday night at Dr. Roy F. Baker Athletic Field that showcased what the Black Panthers are capable of this season.
Cadin Ebersole ran for 185 yards and two touchdowns on just seven carries, Dalton Smith ran for 118 yards and a score and Brady Clark ran for a touchdown, caught six passes for 71 yards and had an interception for Northern Bedford.
“That’s what we expect from our group,” Northern Bedford coach Garry Black said. “We have a lot of kids that can do some really good things on a football field, so if you try to key on one, we have a couple other ones that can do some really good things.”
Play of the game: After Glendale drove the ball 44 yards on its opening drive, Kainen Baker intercepted a Garret Misiura pass at the Black Panther 5-yard line to stop the Vikings’ opening drive.
“Momentum is big in this type of situation,” Black said. “I think that turnover gave us the momentum that we needed. They were moving the ball pretty well on that first drive.”
Player of the game: Northern Bedford had plenty of candidates, but Clark seemed to have to most impact in several different aspects of the game. His interception with 7:39 left in the half set up Smith’s touchdown just under two minutes later that all but sealed the game as the Black Panthers went up 14-0. Clark also caught a pass for a two-point conversion.
Unsung hero: The Northern Bedford offensive line helped the Black Panthers run for 367 yards on 37 carries for a 9.9 yards-per-carry average.
“We challenged our kids,” Black said. “We knew we played well for a half against Bellwood, and that third quarter it got away from us. We knew we were a good football team, and we challenged our line Tuesday night to be more physical, and I think they showed they can do that and respond. All the backs get the glory, but I think our offensive line played pretty well tonight. If our line plays like that, we can be pretty special on offense.”
Most vital statistic: The Black Panthers outgained the Vikings, 490-89.
Better clean it up: Northern Bedford was flagged 13 times for 138 yards, including several personal fouls and unsportsmanlike conduct penalties.
Northern Bedford senior Brady Clark: “I was so happy we bounced back. My quarterback and I have that connection. He throws it, and I catch it.”
Glendale coach Spank Trexler comment: “We have been very good defensively, because we’re physical. It just seemed like tonight we didn’t do the things we normally do well like tackle well and it showed. We got exposed by a good team. Things snow-balled.”
Glendale quarterback Garret Misiura comment: “We didn’t execute our plays the way we should have. We broke down a little bit on the line, but you can’t lay the blame on them. I threw two interceptions. You can’t do that, especially not that early in the game when we were driving. That hurt.”
Notable: Glendale’s Baine Seilhamer, who led the Mirror’s coverage area with nine catches last week, had none Friday but did have an interception as did Misiura. … The Black Panthers also got rushing touchdowns from Thad Leidy and Kainen Brown.
Records: Northern Bedford (1-1); Glendale (1-1)
Next week: The Black Panthers travel to Moshannon Valley. Glendale will also be on the road at Bellwood-Antis.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Northern Bedford 0 14 20 6 — 40
Glendale 0 0 0 0 — 0
NB–Ebersole 5 run (Yeatts kick), 8:46
NB–Smith 4 run (Yeatts kick), 5:43
NB–Clark 6 run (Clark pass from Clouse), 7:48
NB–Leidy 5 run (kick failed), 5:23
NB–Brown 1 run (kick failed), 1:07
NB–Ebersole 89 run (kick failed), 9:32
TEAM STATISTICS NB G
First downs 23 10
Total yards 490 89
Rushes-yards 37-367 26-54
Yards passing 123 35
Passing (comp.-att.-int.) 12-15-2 4-14-2
Punts-avg. 0-0 4-35.3
Fumbles-lost 2-0 1-1
Penalties-yards 13-138 7-48
RUSHING–Northern Bedford, Ebersole 7-185, Smith 16-118, Clark 3-34, Leidy 2-17, Keller 2-11, Johnson 2-5, Baker 1-1, Brown 3-1, TEAM 1-(-5). Glendale, S. Dubler 10-26, Z. Dubler 3-19, G. Misiura 3-19, Brown 1-1, Cavalet 1-0, Cree 4-(-1), T. Misiura 2-(-3), Pennington 2-(-7).
PASSING–Northern Bedford, Leidy 12-15-2-123. Glendale, G. Misiura 2-9-2-26, Cavalet 2-4-0-9, Cree 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING–Northern Bedford, Clark 6-71, Ebersole 3-20, Smith 2-16, Clouse 1-16. Glendale, S. Dubler 2-26, Bennett 1-10, Lukehart 1-(-1).