Tyrone vs. Central Mountain
Written by: Tom Fox on Saturday, September 13th, 2008
LOCK HAVEN – John Franco just scratched his head and tried to figure out the
last time his Tyrone Golden Eagle squad didn’t score a touchdown.
“We are talking about years. Maybe 2002. It might even be longer than that,”
Franco said. “What’s funny is for not scoring a touchdown, the time of
possession was big.”
Tyrone didn’t need touchdowns.
It just brought the defense.
The Golden Eagles held Central Mountain to a mere 145 yards of total offense,
and John Shaffer kicked two field goals as Tyrone earned a 6-3 victory over the
Wildcats at Lock Haven University’s Hubert Jack Stadium.
It was Tyrone’s 35th straight win in the regular season and the second
consecutive week the Golden Eagles didn’t allow a touchdown. Last week,
Franco’s team blanked Huntingdon.
“It’s big because we are only Double-A and they are Quad-A,” said Tyrone
quarterback Levi Reihart, who threw for 126 yards. “We knew it was going to be
a tough game, but we knew we had to win. I think this will open eyes around the
While Tyrone was successful on the ground – as Larry Glace and Mark Mingle
combined for 170 of the team’s 177 yards – it was through the air where
Franco’s boys exposed the Wildcats.
Reihart’s favorite target was none other than Shaffer, who finished with six
receptions for 57 yards.
“I thought they would take advantage of some stuff with their passing, and try
to spread the field out,” CM head coach Steve Turchetta said. “He made a good
adjustment, leaving that I-formation and going to more of the spread stuff.”
Time of possession was big, especially in the second half.
Central Mountain only had five possessions in the final 24 minutes – going
three-and-out on three of them, and quarterback Cody Dolan throwing an
interception to start off the Wildcats’ fourth series.
Tyrone held the local boys to four first downs, and was able to slow down a
Wildcat offense that averaged 40-plus points each game to a Nathan Conway 32- yard field goal.
“We kept their offense off the field, which was good,” Franco said. “But we
thought our defense was good enough to hold them. It was a great football game.
They are going to surprise people in Quad-A, believe me. They are going to
shock some people when playoffs come around. I’m just so proud of our kids at
Tyrone scored on its first two possessions of the game, driving to the CM 7 in
its first series and to the 12-yard line in the second.
Like its been all season, Central Mountain’s defense never broke – holding
strong and keeping the Golden Eagles to three points on each drive.
Central Mountain scored its points late in the second quarter on a 13-play
drive. CM had it first-and-10 from the 13, but Tyrone’s defense forced a 2-yard
loss on a run by Matt Overdorf and two straight incomplete passes before Conway
split the uprights on the 32-yard field goal, cutting it to 6-3 at halftime.
“Our defense is definitely the strong point of our team,” Reihart said. “They
don’t give an inch. We have an awesome defensive line, great linebackers and
pretty good defensive backs. It’s really hard to run or pass against them.”
The Wildcats’ defense did its job, holding the Double-A power to six points,
but couldn’t come up with another stop as time winded down in the fourth
quarter to give the offense one last shot.
CM had a fourth-and-1 on its own 39 with about four minutes left to go, but
Turchetta opted to punt the football and try to pin Tyrone deep in its own
territory. But a big 11-yard run by Jeremy Barlett gave his team a needed first
down and it enabled Tyrone to run the clock down.
“I did think about going for it, but the defense was playing pretty good,”
Turchetta said about the fourth-down decision. “We tried to play field position
because we felt pretty confident. It was my call, but it didn’t work out like
we would have liked.
“It’s a 10-game season. The bottom line is this isn’t the end of the season. We
are going to Bald Eagle Area next week, and we have to move on.”
Reihart completed 15-of-21 passes for 126 yards, while Dolan was 7-of-17 for 51
yards and two interceptions. Scott Zuback was his main target with six catches
for 40 yards.
TYRONE 6, CENTRAL MOUNTAIN 3
T6-0-0-0 – 6
CM0-3-0-0 – 3
T – John Shaffer 24 field goal, 7:08
T – Shaffer 29 field goal, 0:48
CM – Nathan Conway 32 field goal, 0:18
RUSHING – T, Larry Glace 11-88, Mark Mingle 20-82, Jeremy Barlett 1-11, Zachary
Gault 1-4, Levi Reihart 7-(-8). CM, Matt Overdorf 10-68, Cody Dolan 8-16, Scott
Zuback 1-7, Ryan Worden 1-2.
PASSING – T, Levi Reihart 15-21-0, 126 yards; Mark Mingle 0-1-0, 0 yards. CM,
Cody Dolan, 7-17-2, 51 yards.
RECEIVING – T, John Shaffer 6-57, Ben Ingle 3-33, Eric Desch 3-25, Cody Weaver
1-8, Larry Glace 1-4, Mark Mingle 1-(-1). CM, Scott Zuback 6-40, Zack Boone 1- 11.
INTERCEPTIONS: T, Ben Ingle, Eric Desch.
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