Wildcats Spoil Bellefonte Homecoming
Written by: Billy Splain on Tuesday, October 20th, 2009
The final score was Central Mountain 33 Bellefonte 27, but if you looked only at the stats of the first half you’d have thought Bellefonte was getting pummeled this Monday eve. Thanks to some feisty defensive play and a bit of momentum the Red Raiders stayed in the game. With the score 14-0 and the Wildcats dominating the first half , Malik Breon stepped in front of a misfired Nick Torchetta pass and returned it 34 yards for the score with 8:41 left in the 2nd quarter. On the ensuing kickoff Wyatt Hall bobbled the ball and Bellefontes Adam Johnson recovered for the Red Raiders at the Wildcat 43. That’s when Torin Miller took over. Some Players tell stories of “being in the zone”. This was the case on a night that Miller dedicated the game to his father, who passed away in the spring. On 3rd and 20 Ty Warner heaved up a prayer and Miller went to the sky coming up with a great leaping catch at the 5 yard line. 2 plays later Travis Struble made the game 14-13 on a run up the middle.
Central Mountain started the scoring after Cameron Blazina intercepted a pass at the Red Raider 17, returning it to the 1. Torchetta ran it in giving the Widcats a 7-0 lead. Logan Houtz then made the score 14-0 on a 3 yard run. With the score 14-13 and only 1:43 left in the half, Central took advantage of a bad punt and good field position (the ball at the Raider 23) All everything running back Scott Zuback went around end for a 28 yard td making the score 21-13 at the break. Zuback had 34 carries and 213 yards on the night, battling all night long for extra yardage after it seemed as though he’d outrun his blockers.
After the homecoming ceremonies at halftime it seemed at though the Red Raiders found some new life and spirit. Following a long drive by Central, Zuback had the ball ripped away during a struggle to the endzone at the 3 by Brad Grieb who then scrambled to the Central 36. Miller took over from there, catching everything thrown his way accounting for 135 of Bellefontes 170 yards of passing on 6 catches. Following a beautiful catch at the 15, Miller hauled in a pass from Warner for 6 more points. Zach Tressler then caught the 2 point conversion pass to tie the game at 21.
After holding the Wildcats, Bellefonte then drove 59 yards, aided by two more Miller catches and took the lead for the first time on a 1 yard run by Caleb Williamson. That’s when Central Mountain put the ball in the hands of their star. Zuback carried his team to the lead rushing for 40 yards and the tying score. “They just kept putting 8-9 guys in the box and he (zuback) kept pounding through them” said Central coach Steve Torchetta. The extra point failed and it looked as though overtime was imminent with 1:23 left in the game but an errant punt snap gave the Wildcats the ball on the 8. Two runs later Zuback ended the contest with an 11 yard scamper following a penalty.
“You can’t give enough credit to this team, they battled all night long” said Bellefonte coach Zach Wyncoop. “And Tyler played his heart out, his father would have been proud”.
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