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B-A survives first-quarter scare in big victory

Photo for the Mirror by Scott Plank Sean Mallon looks for running room after a reception for the Bellwood-Antis offense.

WILLIAMSBURG — Williamsburg went 55 yards on its opening drive and took a six-point lead over Bellwood-Antis, but the Blue Devils responded with 35 unanswered points in a 35-6 triumph at Veterans Memorial Field on Friday.

Bellwood-Antis, which got two touchdowns each from Zach Mallon and Nick Plank, improved to 4-0 in the Inter-County Conference and ran for 352 yards on 39 carries against a Williamsburg defense that had been stout against the run in its previous three games.

Play of the game: Facing a third-and-3 from its own 23 and leading 7-6, B-A handed the ball to Mallon, who sprinted 77 yards after a lead block from Plank to help B-A start to pull away.

Player of the game: Mallon carried the ball 13 times for 176 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught two passes.

Unsung hero: Williamsburg quarterback Lambert Palmer was under duress most of the night but managed to pass for a game-high 84 yards without an interception and run for a couple first downs.

Most vital statistic: Palmer was 6-for-7 for 69 yards on his first seven attempts, but Bellwood-Antis’ defense adjusted and he went just 3-for-12 for 15 yards the rest of the way.

Expanding the offense: B-A QB Zach Pellegrine had attempted only 20 passes going into Friday’s game but finished 7-of-14 for 78 yards with no interceptions, including a beautiful sideline post to Owen Shedlock that went for 31 yards.

Bellwood-Antis coach Nick Lovrich: “I was real happy with how Zach threw the ball. That was one of the things we wanted to focus on today and try to get that going. We have to be able to throw the ball to have a well-rounded team, and I thought our receivers did a great job catching the ball.”

Plank on Mallon’s 77-yard run: “That was a huge run, really a momentum-changer and it helped fuel our offense.”

Williamsburg coach Ryan Hileman: “When you play a team like Bellwood, and you’re able to move the ball against them, it’s a success that you can take positives away from. That was a great opening drive. The boys played hard.”

Palmer: “We have a lot of confidence going into the rest of our schedule. We have gotten a lot better since last year, and these teams aren’t going to be expecting it.”

Notable: Williamsburg dropped to 1-3, but the teams the Blue Pirates have played so far this season are a combined 15-1. Williamsburg plays only one team with a winning record the rest of the way (Northern Bedford, 3-1) and the combined record of the rest of its scheduled opponents is 6-18.

“When you play this kind of competition right out of the gate, it makes you better,” Hileman said. “We’re not healthy yet. We should be healthy next week. We should be getting everyone back next week, and the work we have put in is going to pay off.”

One more note: Wes McCall, who caught five passes for 54 yards, was named Williamsburg’s homecoming king. Kassidy Post was voted the queen.

Records: Bellwood-Antis (4-0); Williamsburg (1-3)

Next week: Bellwood-Antis travels to West Branch, and Williamsburg plays at Claysburg-Kimmel.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Bellwood-Antis 7 14 7 7 — 35

Williamsburg 6 0 0 0 — 6

First quarter

W–McMonagle 5 run (pass failed), 9:36.

BA–Plank 3 run (Wilson kick), 5:20.

Second quarter

BA–Z. Mallon 77 run (Wilson kick), 11:46.

BA–Z. Mallon 2 run (Wilson kick), 8:34.

Third quarter

BA–Noonan 3 run (Wilson kick), 7:30.

Fourth quarter

BA–Plank 10 run (Wilson kick), 11:52.

TEAM STATISTICS BA W

First downs 19 8

Rushes-yards 39-352 19-78

Passing (comp.-att.-int.) 7-14-0 9-19-0

Yards passing 78 84

Total yards 430 162

Fumbles-lost 0-0 1-0

Penalties-yards 5-47 9-42

Punts-avg. 2-30 5-31.6

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING — Bellwood-Antis: Z. Mallon 13-176, Plank 10-82, Dorminy 5-51, Ridgway 2-12, Gibbons 2-10, Noonan 2-8, Pellegrine 2-7, Shildt 1-6, Pellegrino 1-1, Kost 1-(-1). Williamsburg: England 3-34, Clark 6-19, Palmer 5-16, McMonagle 3-13, Wagner 1-3, TEAM 1-(-7).

PASSING–Bellwood-Antis: Pellegrine 7-14-0-78. Williamsburg: Palmer 9-19-0-84.

RECEIVING — Bellwood-Antis: S. Mallon 2-26, Plank 2-16, Z. Mallon 2-5, Shedlock 1-31. Williamsburg: McCall 5-54, Wagner 2-16, D. Price 2-14.

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