Clearfield Tramples Bald Eagle Area, 49-14
Written by: William Albright on Saturday, September 11th, 2010
By BILL ALBRIGHT
Western PA Writer
HYDE — Unfortunately for the Bald Eagle Area football team, their venture to Clearfield County put them into the middle of a stampede — Bison style.
Making the most of excellent field position from the get go, Clearfield scored early and often as they dismantled the Eagles 49-14 Friday night.
Starting their first three drives at the BEA 30, 35 and 42-yard lines, the Bison ripped their way to a quick 21-0 lead.
Derek Danver scored on a 16-yard pass from Curtis Frye, Beau Swales rambled in from five yards out and Derek Morgan, who was more or less a one-man wrecking crew for the Bison, scampered in from two yards out.
“What a great team they have,” said BEA head coach Jack Tobias. “But we hurt ourselves early when we fumbled the opening kickoff and then they partially blocked the punt. When those things happened, I started to see heads drop and you can’t have that. Even though bad things happen, you have to react to them and try and make positives out of them.”
If the backbreaker hadn’t already made its appearance in the game, it showed up following BEA’s next possession which ended on the Bison 5-yard line when the Eagle drive was halted on downs by the Clearfield defense.
Then came the cruncher by Morgan.
On the first play following the Eagle near-miss, Morgan took the ball, hit off the left side of his offensive line and outraced the entire BEA team to the end zone for a 95-yard touchdown. For the game, Morgan finished with 162 yards rushing and three scores.
“That really hurt because we drove down only to get thrown for a loss on the 5-yard line,” said Tobias. “Then he (Morgan) goes 95 yards for a score and that totally deflates your kids. He is a great tailback, he does a nice job and you aren’t going to bring him down with just one guy and you saw that tonight.”
As is the case in many football games, the team that wins usually controls the action in the trenches.
“I have to give Clearfield a lot of credit because up front, their offensive line dominated the line of scrimmage,” said Tobias. “I thought we were pretty tough up front, but defensively, we didn’t have any answer for them. We have some work to do, we are young, and we are going to better week by week”
If there was a positive to come out of the game in the lopsided loss, the Eagles did manage to put together a couple of good drives.
“We had a couple of good drives,” said Tobias. “We had the one where we didn’t get any points out of it, and with the score 28-14, if we convert, who knows what might have happened. You have to make plays when the opportunity and you have to score points when you are in the red zone. In order to beat a team like Clearfield, you have to put a complete game together and tonight, we weren’t able to do that.”
The second nice drive engineered by the Eagles resulted in their first touchdown. Starting on their own 37, quarterback Justin Taylor went to the airways four plays in a row. On his fourth toss, Taylor connected with Kyle Womer behind the Clearfield secondary and Womer raced into the end zone to complete the 47-yard scoring play.
After Clearfield scored three more times, the Eagles tallied their second score of the game when Ben Verbitskey scooted in from 19 yards out to the set the final.
Although under pressure all night long, Taylor did manage to throw for 105 yards and the one score. Matthew Dillon was the leading rusher for the Eagles with 31 yards on a half dozen totes.
BEA 0 6 0 8 — 14
Clearfield 14 21 14 0 — 49
C — Derek Danver 16 pass from Curtis Frye. (Zach Fannin kick)
C — Beau Swales 5 run (Fannin kick)
C — Derek Morgan 2 run (Fannin kick)
C — Morgan 95 run (Fannin kick)
BEA — Kyle Womer 47 pass from Justin Taylor (pass failed)
C — Morgan 4 ruin (Fannin kick)
C — Swales 8 run (Fannin kick)
C — David Hoover 34 fumble return. (Fannin kick)
BEA — Ben Verbitskey 19 run (Matthew Dillon rush)
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