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Bellefonte Rolls over Indian Valley, 41-21

Written by: on Saturday, October 16th, 2010

By BILL ALBRIGHT
WesternPAFootball Writer

BELLEFONTE — There are big games on every football team’s schedule, and for Indian Valley and Bellefonte, the one that took place Friday night at Rogers Stadium falls right into that category.

In terms of the post-season in District 6 Class AAA, the scenario was a simple one. If Indian Valley came out on top, the Warriors would go two games up on the Red Raiders for the second and final playoff spot.

If Bellefonte won, the two teams would be in a virtual tie with identical 5-2 records with three games remaining in the regular season.

When the final seconds ticked off the scoreboard clock, the handwriting on the wall became much more legible as the Raiders out slugged the Warriors by the final of 41-21 .

“I said last week that it (a win over Huntingdon) was probably our most complete game,” said a happy Bellefonte coach Duffy Busch. “But tonight we were able to come out, get into a dog fight and be able to play. We took an extra step tonight and for these kids, it is a big step as well as for the program. They gave it their heart and played 48 minutes of football.”

Although his team came out on the short end of the stick, Indian Valley coach Tom Shearer had a lot of good things to say about the Raider effort.

“They did nothing that surprised me,” said Shearer. “They (Bellefonte) are playing very well right now. Since the Lewistown game, they have been playing very well. We just didn’t play well at times, but give credit to them because they did what they had to. I am taking anything away from them, but we just didn’t play a complete game. We made a lot of little mistakes and they wound up hurting us.”

Although the Raider defense yielded 258 yards, the unit also came up with five turnovers and a couple of big stops. For a little icing on the cake, Wes Ritchey put the Raider defensive unit in the spotlight when he returned an IV fumble 12 yards for a touchdown.

Going into the game, both Besch and Shearer knew the focus would be on stopping IV’s outstanding running back Mitch Fultz.

“They knew that is what they had to do,” said Shearer. “They put a lot of guys in the box and although it is no excuse, we are pretty well banged up right now. We just didn’t get it done and they did.”

Fultz did manage to accumulate 174 yards, 67 coming on one run for a touchdown. He scored all three Warrior TDs, two on the ground and one in the air.

“We worked a lot this week on defense,” said Besch. “That number 33 (Fultz) is a great player and he kind of reminds of Central’s kid. We knew he was going to make a few plays, but we just tried to contain him. Stopping him is kind of unrealistic thing, but containing him is a reality. I think we did that tonight and that forced them to throw the ball and we were able to make plays (interceptions) when they threw it. Our secondary has come a long way over the last couple of months and the defensive line is getting up the field. It was a complete 48-minute game and I can’t ask any more from them than that.”

The Raiders were anything but one-dimensional as they racked up 187 yards overland while adding another 277 through he airways for a total effort of 464 total yards.

“We had good balance tonight and that is something we have been trying to achieve,” said Besch. “We have been working real hard on our running game to complement our passing game and it is paying off for us.”

Leading the Bellefonte ground attack was Nate Schultz with 108 yards, while quarterback Tyler Lucas added another 65. Schultz rushed for three scores, while Lucas also took one on the ground while also tossing another, a 21-yard scoring effort to Matt Watson to open the game.

In completing his 18 passes, Lucas spread the wealth around as Watson finished with five catches for 137 yards, Torin Miller hauled in eight balls for 56 yards and Brandon Quay had three receptions for 41 yards.

“The (offensive) line played with a lot of aggression and our running backs ran as hard as they have all year,” said Besch. “When it comes right down to it, all the guys played their hearts out and as a result, we came out on top.”

Now 5-2 and in a virtual tie with the Warriors for the second and final playoff spot in the District 6 AAA picture, things don’t get any easier for the Raiders as they welcome Central Mountain to Rogers Stadium Friday night in a 7 p.m. start.

“I think that (tough schedule) actually works to our benefit,” Besch said. “Each week is a brand new test for us. We have a quad-A school coming in here next week in Central Mountain and they are a good football team. I think we are going to have to come back and play another solid game if we are going to beat them. That is going to be good for us because it is going to keep us mentally focused. I told the kids tonight to enjoy the win, keep the smiles on their faces because they worked hard and earned this one. However, when Monday rolls around, we are going back to work.”

Indian Valley 0 6 15 0 — 21
Bellefonte 7 14 13 7 — 41

First Quarter
B — Matt Watson 21 pass from Tyler Lucas. (Adam Johnson kick)(3:45)
Second Quarter
IV — Mitch Fultz 7 run (pass failed)(9:13)
B — Wes Ritchey 12 fumble return. (Johnson kick)(4:41)
B — Lucas 9 run (Johnson kick)(1:49)
Third Quarter
B — Schultz 10 run (Johnson kick)(7:00)
IV — Fultz 67 run (Cody Heane to Cody Wray pass)(6:39)
B — Schultz 5 run (kick failed)(3:55)
IV — Fultz 22 pass from Heane. (Heane kick)(1:59)
Fourth Quarter
B — Schultz 23 run (Johnson kick)(11:23.

Team Statistics IV B

First Downs 14 19
Rushes-Yards 36-161 29-186
Passing Yards 114 277
Passing 12-28-4 18-28-1
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 2-2
Penalties-Yards 5-34 6-61

Individual Statistics

Rushing
IV: Mitch Fultz 28-174, 2 TDs; Zach Hassinger 3-4, David Yale 3-1, Cody Heane 1-minus 4; Team 1-minus 14.
B: Nate Schultz 18-108, 3 TDs; Tyler Lucas 9-65, 1 TD; Brandon Quay 1-14, Travis Struble 1-minus 1.

Passing
IV: Cody Heane 12-18-4, 97 yards, 1 TD.
B: Tyler Lucas 18-28-1, 277 yards, 1 TD.

Receiving
IV: Mitch Fultz 4-45, 1 TD; David Yale 3-36, Cody Wray 1-17, Zach Hassinger 4-16.
B: Matt Watson 5-137, 1 TD; Torin Miller 8-56, Brandon Quay 3-41, Jonas Holderman 1-31, Zach Kimble 1-12.

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