Tyrone finds a way again

SPRING MILLS — For the second week in a row on the road, Tyrone scored with fewer than 2 minutes on the clock to pull out a win. This Friday, the Golden Eagles scored with 1:38 left in the game for a 27-21 win over Penns Valley at the Penns Valley Area High School football field.

Play of the game: Tyrone quarterback Brandon Lucas hit Damon Gripp, who shook a defender with a double move, with a 45-yard pass down the left sideline for the winning score.

Player of the game: Gripp caught 11 passes for 139 yards and the winning touchdown. In the past two weeks, Gripp has caught 16 passes for 272 yards and two touchdowns.

Unsung hero: Penns Valley’s Gage Ripka accounted for 15 of the Rams’ 21 points as he ran three times for 29 yards, caught seven passes for 48 yards, including a 5-yard touchdown reception, returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown, and kicked three extra points.

Most vital statistic: On its final two drives of the game, Tyrone relied on its passing game, completing 8-of-13 passes for 111 yards and the winning touchdown.

Tyrone coach John Franco: “He (Damon Gripp) is just an outstanding, all-state player. When you have an all-state player like him, it is a luxury to go to. It is nice to have an all-state wide receiver who can make just about any play.”

Penns Valley coach Martin Tobias: “Special teams is one of three phases and we work very hard at it. Our kids take a lot of pride in it and it certainly paid off for us tonight.”

Notable: Penns Valley’s special teams kept it in the game as the Rams scored on a blocked punt, which it recovered in the end zone, and a 95-yard kickoff return.

Records: Tyrone (4-0); Penns Valley (1-2).

Next week: Philipsburg-Osceola at Tyrone, 7 p.m. Friday. Penns Valley at Central, 7 p.m. Friday.


Tyrone 7 6 0 14–27

Penns Valley 7 0 0 14–21

First Quarter

PV–Recovered blocked punt in end zone (G. Ripka kick), 3:14.

T–Gwinn 16 pass from Lucas (Markley kick), :44.

Second Quarter

T–Hicks 2 run (kick blocked), 6:02.

Fourth Quarter

PV–G. Ripka 5 pass from Brinker (G. Ripka kick), 10:32.

T–Hicks 1 run (Lucas pass to Hicks), 5:52.

PV–G. Ripka 95 kick return (G. Ripka kick), 5:37.

T–Gripp 45 pass from Lucas (kick failed), 1:38.


First downs 16 15

Total Net Yards 264 229

Rushes-yards 29-66 29-90

Passing 198 139

Comp-Att-Int 16-27-1 17-29-0

Punts 3-43.0 4-38.25

Fumbles-Lost 0-0 1-1

Penalties-Yards 3-25 5-65


RUSHING–Tyrone, Hicks 15-48, Lucas 10-4, Gampe 1-2, Beck 1-4, Clifton 2-8. Penns Valley, Baney 9-23, Brinker 16-35, G. Ripka 3-29, Ilgen 1-3.

PASSING–Tyrone, Lucas 16-27-1-198. Penns Valley, Brinker 17-29-0-139.

RECEIVING–Tyrone, Gripp 11-139, Clifton 1-4, Gwinn 1-16, Hicks 2-35, Gampe 1-4. Penns Valley, G. Ripka 7-48, Brooks 2-17, Lieb 1-(minus 4), S. Ripka 6-50, Hammer 1-28.


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