Undefeated Eagles head to postseason
TYRONE — The players for Philipsburg-Osceola and Tyrone who played in last year’s game at Tyrone must have felt a little bit of a deja vu on a chilly Friday night at Gray-Vets Memorial Field.
Last year, Tyrone quarterback Brandon Lucas took over on the ground after two of his running backs suffered injuries.
In this year’s game, Lucas stifled a valiant effort by the Mounties on homecoming and senior night by running for 112 of his 154 yards in the second half, scored three touchdowns, including a 61-yard run, and passed for another to lead the 5-0 Golden Eagles to a 35-27 win.
Play of the game: Lucas broke a tackle, swung around and outraced everybody to the end zone on a 61-yard touchdown run.
Player of the game: Lucas had runs of 61 yards, 49 yards, 25 yards and 12 yards. He also completed 6-of-9 passes for 39 yards and a score.
Unsung hero: Tyrone running back Tommy Hicks had 16 carries for 133 yards and one touchdown. He also intercepted a pass.
Most vital statistic(s): There were three 100-yard rushers in the game. P-O’s Kaleb Stamm ran for 148 yards on 29 carries.
Philipsburg-Osceola coach Jeff Vroman: “The effort was there. We gave up too many big plays. Overall, I thought we played fairly well. (Lucas) scrambled around, and we didn’t contain him. They weren’t designed runs, but he made the plays. He’s a good athlete. He got outside of our contain, and that really hurt us.”
Tyrone coach John Franco on Lucas: “He is a play-maker, and he’s a clutch kid. He told our guys at halftime that since he’s been here, we’ve never won on senior night. He goes ‘I am not letting that happen. So you better get it through your heads that we are going to stay here until we win this game. I’m going to do everything I can.’
“He doesn’t ever say anything like that because he’s really quiet. Brandon was the difference in the game. He just refused to let us lose.”
Notable: Madison Coleman was named homecoming queen before the game. … Tyrone’s Damon Gripp, who was sidelined with an injury for some of the game, intercepted a pass and caught two passes for 29 yards. … P-O quarterback Ryan Whitehead threw for 116 yards and a 50-yard touchdown to Stamm on a screen pass. He also ran for a touchdown.
Next week: Philipsburg-Osceola hosts Bellefonte on Friday. Tyrone plays in the District 6 Class 3A semifinals at home against Penn Cambria.
Records: Tyrone (5-0); Philipsburg-Osceola (1-4)
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Philipsburg-Osceola 0 6 8 13 –27
Tyrone 0 14 14 7 –35
PO–Whitehead 1 run (kick failed), 8:09
T–Lucas 1 run (Markley kick), 6:40
T–Gwinn 3 pass from Lucas (Markley kick), :17.1
T–Hicks 38 run (Markley kick), 10:41
PO–Depto 11 pass from Whitehead (Martin pass from Whitehead), 3:34
T–Lucas 61 run (Markley kick), 2:31
PO–N. Gustkey 24 run (Rishel kick), 7:01
T–Lucas 1 run (Markley kick), 1:54
PO–Stamm 50 pass from Whitehead (kick failed), :17.4
TEAM STATISTICS PO T
First downs 16 13
Total yards 330 326
Rushes-yards 46-214 28-287
Yards passing 116 39
Passing (comp.-att.-int) 7-12-2 6-9-0
Punts-avg. 2-28.5 3-38.6
Fumbles-lost 1-1 1-1
Penalties-yards 4-19 6-60
RUSHING–Philipsburg-Osceola, Stamm 29-148, N. Gustkey 5-53, Weitoish 2-9, Martin 3-7, Whitehead 7-(-3). Tyrone, Lucas 10-154, Hicks 16-133, Beck 2-1.
PASSING–Philipsburg-Osceola, Whitehead 7-12-2-116. Tyrone, Lucas 6-9-0-39.
RECEIVING–Philipsburg-Osceola, Stamm 1-50, Weitoish 2-47, Depto 2-14, Martin 1-7, N. Gustkey 1-5. Tyrone, Gripp 2-29, Rhoades, 1-4, Hicks 1-3, Gwinn 1-3, Gampe 1-0.