Mounties turn over win to Eagles
Written by: Billy Splain on Saturday, August 30th, 2008
The first quarter started slow with each team turning the ball over on downs several times. 65 yards of offence and 60 yards in penalties told the story of that quarter. The second quarter was much of the same until BEA mounted a drive aided by several Mountie penalties, to the P-O 3 yard line where the drive stalled. P-O took over and 2 plays later Shane Robinson burst through the line to take down Mountie QB Steve Rusnak for a safety with 6 minutes remaining. It only took the mounties 3 minutes to answer back. Rusnak ended a 64 yard drive with an 11 yard dash to paydirt, the pat failed and P-O went in at halftime with a 6-2 lead.
The second half was a story of control. BEA first year head coach Jack Tobias said “the kids were in the lockeroom yelling that they can beat this team, they’re (the mounties) getting tired”.
P-O started the second half driving but 6 plays later Derek Noll intercepted a Rusnak at the Eagle 39 and returned it for 55 yards. Then last years starting QB turned tailback A.J. Robinson decided it was time for him to take over, scoring from 4 yards out making the score 9-6. “it took most of the first half for me to get used to the position” said A.J. Robinson was bruising in the second half and ended the game with 21 rushes for 126 yards and 2 TDs. 3 plays after recieving the kick Mountie qb Rusnak dropped back to pass but threw the ball right into the belly of a leaping Jon Gingrich who snagged the ball and returned it seven yards to the mountie 47. BEA then rode the backs of Robinson and RB John Decker (12 rushes for 46 yds.)the rest of the way. An 11 yard dash by Robinson capped the drive giving BEA a lead of 16-6. An additional score in the 4th quarter by RB Jon Gingrich of 24 yards ended the scoring and BEA left the field with a surprising 22-6 win over a young but playoff tested P-O team.
P-O coach Jeff Vroman saw some bright spots and some yellow spots in the loss. “Zack Czap ran the ball well (10-59 yds) and I have confidence he will be able to take the pounding as running back for a small guy. We made a LOT of dumb mistakes the entire game. We’ll be working on discipline this week for sure”.
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