Strong Second Half Leads BEA over Juniata, 34-20
Written by: William Albright on Saturday, October 9th, 2010
By BILL ALBRIGHT
MIFFLINTOWN — Not even Penn State Homecoming traffic that kept the Bald Eagle Area football team in a long line of traffic for some 38 minutes could hold the Eagles down Friday night once they arrived at Dietrick Field.
Going into their game with Juniata, the two teams were tied for the eighth and final playoff spot in the District Class AA rankings. Coming out, the Eagles took the upper hand as they dominated the Indians to walk away with a 34-20 win.
“We talked about that with our guys,” said BEA head coach Jack Tobias about the playoff scenario. “We put emphasis on it all week that we needed to come in here tonight and take care of business. Now we need to take care of it week-by-week and we can’t afford to look ahead at anybody. When you are playing in this league, you have to pay attention to every opponent because on any given week, anybody can knock anybody off. We got caught in Penn State homecoming traffic, and although we got off to a slow start, the guys responded and got the job done.”
The Eagles broke on top in the first period when a short Juniata punt allowed them to set up shop at the Indian28. Three plays later, Coleman Hoffman hauled in a 10-yard scoring aerial from quarterback Justin Taylor, a Taylor-to-Taylor, Justin to Jacob, worked for the two-point conversion and midway through the opening period, the Eagles held an 8-0 lead.
After surrendering the initial touchdown, the Indians bounced back to put together drives of 60 and 38 yards to go on top for the first time in the game at 14-8. Jacob Alexander did the honors for the first Juniata TD with a 5-yard run, while Dakota Zook bulled his way into the end zone from one yard out for the second Indian score and a 14-8 Juniata lead.
The Indian lead was short-lived following the ensuing kickoff as on the first play from scrimmage, Jacob Taylor bolted up the middle and raced 60 yards to pay dirt. Kyle Kinley split the uprights with the PAT, and with 4:15 left before the intermission, the Eagles were back on top at 15-14.
But hold the phone because in the final four minutes of the half, the Indians had one more call to make.
Colton Shorter set the Indians up in business with a 63-yard kickoff return to the BEA 5-yard line. Three plays, Cody Saner gave Juniata a 20-14 halftime when he scored from five yards out.
Halftimes are many times used to make adjustments, and for the Eagles, that was the case as they dominated the Indians over the final 24 minutes, scoring 19 unanswered points to set the final score.
“It was like a morgue at halftime,” said Tobias. “They had that look in their eyes, and I said, hey, we have to pick it up, go out and play hard. They must have listened to me because they came out in the second half and got it done.”
BEA took the lead for keeps four-plus minutes into the second half when Jacob Taylor scored on a 9-yard run before the Eagles secured the win with a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns. Taylor completed his version of the hat trick with a 6-yard TD run before Hoffman completed the scoring when he raced 22 yards into the end zone with slightly more than three minutes remaining.
For the game, Jacob Taylor finished with 101 yards and three scores overland, while racking up another 50 yards with three receptions.
“It was just great blocking up front,” said Jacob Taylor about his 60-yard effort. “The hole just opened up and I was able to hit it quick. We usually have a tough first half, but we just have to believe in ourselves that we can play tough in the second half to win the game.”
After holding a 239-181 advantage at halftime, the Indians saw the Eagles put the clamps on their offense in the second half as they could only muster 58 yards total offense while the Eagles were running up and down the field, compiling 262 yards offense of their own.
“We adjusted our ends at halftime,” said Tobias of slowing Juniata down. “We usually play our ends in and they were coming down on him and pinching him inside. We moved him head-up and emphasized to him to get a good takeoff. We rotated a lot of people tonight and we wore them down. I don’t know how many guys I rotated on the ‘D’ line. I felt we had to do that because what I saw on film, they were in games, but in the second half, they would lose ground. I told the guys we had to go out and get after them and they responded.
Bald Eagle Area 8 7 6 13 — 40
Juniata 8 12 0 0 — 20
BEA — Coleman Hoffman 10 pass from Justin Taylor. (Justin Taylor to Jacob Taylor pass). (5:28)(8-0)
J — Jacob Alexander 5 run (Dylan Treaster to Austin Sneath pass). (2:02)(8-8)
J — Dakota Zook 1 run (rush failed). (4:39)(8-14)
BEA — Jacob Taylor 60 run (Kyle Kinley kick). (4:15)(15-14)
J — Cody Saner 5 run (Rush failed). (2:37)(15-20)
BEA — Jacob Taylor 9 run (pass failed). (7:38)(21-20)
BEA — Jacob Taylor 6 run (pass failed). (7:23)(27-20)
BEA — Hoffman 22 run (Kinley kick). (3:33)(34-20)
Team Statistics BEA J
First Downs 18 14
Rushes-Yards 37-286 39-181
Passing Yards 157 115
Passing 12-19-0 9-14-2
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 1-1
Penalties-Yards 5-35 2-15
BEA: Jacob Taylor 10-101, 3 TDs; Coleman Hoffman 9-69, 1 TD; Cody Hicks 6-66, Ben Frisky 3-26, Justin Taylor 6-22, Matthew Dillon 2-2.
Juniata: Austin Sneath 12-68, Dylan Treaster 7-39, Dakota Zook 9-33, 1 TD; Jacob Alexander 5-25, 1 TD; Neil Bodley 4-9, Cody Saner, 2-7, 1 TD.
BEA: Justin Taylor 12-19-0, 157 yards, 1 touchdown.
Juniata: Dylan Treaster 9-14-2, 116 yards.
BEA: Jacob Taylor 3-50, Colby Peters 3-38, Coleman Hoffman 3-36, 1 TD; Mark Leskovansky 1-16, Ben Frisky 1-15, Cody Hicks 1-2.
Juniata: Colton Shertzer 2-51, Jacob Alexander 2-44, Dakota Zook 2-15, Neil Bodley 2-8, Austin Sneath 1-minus 3.
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