Eagles snatch victory
WINGATE — Trailing 12-9 deep into the fourth quarter, Tyrone drove 94 yards on just four plays to score the winning touchdown with just 1:34 left to pull out a 15-12 win Friday over Bald Eagle Area at Alumni Stadium.
Play of the game: With Tyrone receiver Damon Gripp heavily covered, running back Tommy Hicks snuck out of the backfield on a pass route. When a Bald Eagle Area defensive back fell down, quarterback Brandon Lucas found Hicks wide open down the left sideline for the winning 20-yard touchdown pass.
Player of the game: Gripp caught five passes for 133 yards and a touchdown and intercepted a pass on defense.
Unsung hero: Bald Eagle Area quarterback Garrett Burns ran 23 times for 127 yards and a touchdown, threw a touchdown pass and averaged 49.5 yards on two punts.
Most vital statistic: Bald Eagle Area turned the ball over five times in the first half, with four interceptions and a lost fumble.
Golden Eagles coach John Franco: “We finally put one good drive together at the end. This team needed a win like that. In years past we would have hung our heads and just found ways to lose. This group really came together and it found a way to win. As much as it irritates me that we did not execute, we found a way to win when our offense did everything it could to prevent a win. Sometimes you need a game like that. It will make for some good teaching points.”
Bald Eagle Area coach Jesse Nagle: “We know we’re going to be very good. If we don’t turn over the ball, I don’t know if they’re in the game. That’s something we’ve got to get better at and that’s how we turn the corner and make us a really good team.”
Notable: Lucas completed 3-of-3 passes for 75 yards and the winning touchdown on Tyrone’s final drive of the game.
Records: Tyrone 3-0; Bald Eagle Area 1-2.
Next week: Tyrone at Penns Valley, 7 p.m. Friday; Bald Eagle Area at Philipsburg-Osceola, 7 p.m. Friday.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Tyrone 7 0 2 6 — 15
Bald Eagle Area 0 6 0 6 — 12
TY–Gripp 24 pass from Lucas (Markley kick PAT), :56.
BEA–Burns 1 run (PAT blocked), 1:06.
TY–Burns tackled in end zone for safety, 5:59.
BEA–lrvin 14 pass from Burns (2-point failed), 7:04.
TY–Hicks 20 pass from Lucas (PAT failed), 1:34.
TEAM STATISTICS TY BEA
First downs 12 13
Total yards 331 279
Rushes-yards 30-130 38-203
Yards passing 201 76
Passing (comp.-att.-int.) 9-22-2 15-32-4
Punts-avg. 5-29.2 2-49.5
Fumbles-lost 1-1 1-1
Penalties-yards 5-35 9-66
RUSHING–Tyrone, Hicks 16-74, Gampe 2-0, Lucas 11-43, Clifton 1-13. BEA, Vaughn 6-24, Burns 23-127, Eckley 7-44, Cunningham 1-1, Irvin 1-7.
PASSING–Tyrone, Lucas 9-22-2-201. BEA, Burns 15-31-4-76, Irvin 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING–Tyrone, Gripp 5-133, Clifton 1-40, Gampe 1-4, Gwinn 1-4, Hicks 1-20. BEA, Eckley 6-20, Vaughn 4-23, Watkins 2-25, Irvin 3-8.