TYRONE BLANKS BEA
Written by: Billy Splain on Saturday, October 16th, 2010
Bald Eagle Area coach Jack Tobias gave his team a plan. “Hold our blocks, control the line and just do what we do best. And play disciplined football. It worked for the first drive of the game. That is until, on the first offensive drive of the game, the Bald Eagles methodically drove to the the Golden Eagle 29. Then on 1st and 10 BEA quarterback Justin Tayor lobbed a pass toward the endzone and it was picked off by Steve Franco at the 5 yard line. Following a nice defensive stand by BEA the bald Eagles again, from their own 35, ran 3 plays to the 44 and on 4th and 1 Tobias decided to try and keep the momentum. A run up the middle failed to get the 1st down and it was all down hill from there.
Christian Getz took over from there and ran all over the BEA defense. “That was a great decision and what I would have done, fortunately we were able to stop them. They had the momentum until then” said Tyrone coach John Franco. 7 plays later QB Steve Franco, who was 14-23 for 197 yards and 1 td, hit Nick Patton with an 11 yard td strike. to end the 1st quarter. Jared Templeton made the extra point and Tyrone led 7-0
2 plays later Taylor again dropped back and threw the ball. This time it went off the hands of a BEA receiver and into the hands of Tyrones Marcus Wagner. Tyrone then went to Getz again, who had 28 carries for 136 yards with 2 tds. Starting at their own 47 Tyrone drove the field with Getz scoring from 3 yards out giving Tyrone a 14-0 lead.
Tyrone would again threaten before the half ended, driving from their own 25 to the BEA 5 but on 4th down Templetons field goal attempt went left of the goal so the score remained 14-0 at the break.
“I thought we had a chance on that 4th down play the way we were running the ball. I wanted to give the kids chances to prove to themselves they can dont have to doubt themselves and can win. It happened last week against Juniata but we came back from it” said Tobias.
Tyrone opened the second half with great field position following Getz’ kickoff return to the BEA 34. It looked as though BEA would stop the drive following a 10 yard sack of Franco but on 3rd and 18 Franco hit Derrick Emigh, who had 6 catches for 70 yards, for 17 yard gain. Getz then ran for 5 yards giving Tyrone a 1st down at the 8. He then scored from 2 yards out and Tyrone led 21-0.
Said coach Franco after the game “BEA has a scary offense with many weapons. We knew we had to take away the first 1st key on their triple option and put pressure on their qb. We did that tonite.”
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