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Central manhandles Bellefonte

Written by: on Saturday, October 20th, 2012

By BILL ALBRIGHT
WesternPAFootball.net Senior Writer

BELLEFONTE – When Central and Bellefonte locked horns at Rogers Stadium Friday night, it was a matchup of two teams with diametrically opposite marks.

The Scarlet Dragons entered the game at 5-2, while the Red Raiders came in at 2-5. After 48 minutes of football, that same scenario remained as the Scarlet Dragons belted the Redmen, 70-15, in a Mountain League contest.

“We knew that 34 would be a factor when you watched what he did last week,” said Bellefonte head coach Duffy Besch. “He ran a punt back, an interception back and I don’t know what else he did other than he had the trifecta. He is a dynamic player and we had to try and control him. We were in a hard way tonight. Unfortunately we didn’t play well on all sides of the ball and that is where we are at. We are growing, we are trying, we are learning and gaining some experience, but it is a frustrating way to do it.”

The “34” that Besch made reference to was Central’s do-everything back Bradi Moore. For his outstanding performance, Moore rushed five times for 121 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while he also caught a pair of passes good for another 105 yards and two more scores.

After a lopsided defeat at the hands of cross-country rival Bald Eagle Area to open the season, the Raiders bounced back with a pair of nice wins over Huntingdon and Philipsburg-Osceola.

However, since that time, the Raiders have fallen on hard times as they have dropped five in a row, including the setback to Central.

“That (schedule) is where the issue is,” said Besch. “It is the Mountain League which is the old Big 8 League. When I played in this conference it was a bear then and it is still a bear. It is a great challenge each week to play these teams, but when you go on the road and play the three quality teams we played, it makes for a hard three weeks. I am not going to make any excuses because it is what it is.”

Already trailing by a 35-0 count, the Red Raiders scored their first of two touchdowns less than two minutes into the second period on a 4-yard run to paydirt by Brian White. Central scored three more times before the Redmen picked up their second touchdown of the night when Doylan Deitrich threaded his way through the Scarlet Dragon defense from 14 yards out for the score.

In addition to suffering through the losses, the Raiders have also had to deal with a number of injuries. Although some of those players have returned, Besch was quick to point out that it isn’t like turning on a light switch to return to where things were before.

“We finally got some players healthy and they were able to come back, but it takes some time to get yourself back into it,” Besch said. “Unfortunately for us, it just wasn’t our night. We are going to go back and get ready for Bald Eagle next week.”

The Eagles already own a win over the Raiders in the season opener, but Besch sees the rematch as a much bigger game than the first one.

“We have Bald Eagle next week and that is a very special game to all of us,” he said. “The first game was a special game, but this one is for the Curtin Bowl. When you play Bald Eagle, that is what you play for. We are going to go back and work hard because we are going to do everything we can to put ourselves in position to win the game. That is all we can do at this point in the season because it is how we finish the season that is important to us.”

When you are struggling through a season like the Raiders are, many times attitude becomes an issue. Besch was quick to point out that hasn’t been the case with his squad.

“The kids have maintained a great attitude,” said Besch. “It has been a struggle for them and it has been a struggle for all of us and I am not going to lie about it. At the end of the day, they stick together and believe in what we are doing and that is all I could ever ask of them.”

So as a head coach, what do you tell your team after they just suffered through a 55-point loss?

“I just told them that it is going to sting, but now the sting is over,” Besch said. “There is not a lot that I could have said other than now we have to go and prepare for Bald Eagle. Honestly I don’t know if I have ever been in this kind of situation, either as a player or as a coach. What I do know is that we have to put this one behind us very quickly. Next week is probably one of the most special weeks for us and Bald Eagle. It is senior night and a whole raft of things that go with it. It is one of the games that I am going to pinpoint and I am sure that coach (Jack) Tobias is going to tell his kids as well. When next Friday rolls around, you can throw the record books out because he wants to keep the Curtin Bowl and I want the Curtin Bowl back. Hopefully we can put this (loss) behind us, learn some things from it and move forward.”

Central 28 14 14 14 — 70

Bellefonte 0 8 7 0 — 15

First Quarter

C – Bradi Moore 57 pass from Austin Cunningham. (D.C. Helsel kick), 8:41. (0-7)

C – Austin Cronrath 86 pass from Cunningham. (Helsel kick) 5:10, (0-14)

C – Moore 55 run. (Helsel kick). 3:43. (0-21)

C – Cunningham 27 run. (Helsel kick). :00. (0-28)

Second Quarter

C – Moore 59 run. (Helsel kick). 10:59. (0-35)

B – Brian White 4 run. (Jordan Fye to Bryan Green pass). 10:11. (8-35)

C – Todd Slick 10 run (Helsel kick). 8:40. (8-42)

Third Quarter

B – Doylan Deitrich 14 run. (Tyler Rhoades kick). 3:49. (15-49)

C – Moore 91 kickoff return. (Helsel kick). 3:26. (15-56)

Fourth Quarter

C – Zac Emerick 20 run. (Helsel kick). 10:17. (15-63)

C – Helsel 30 run. (Helsel kick). 3:00. (15-70)

Team Statistics CEN BEL

First Downs 17 9

Rushes-Yards 29-406 23-57

Passing Yards 230 161

Passing 5-11-1 12-25-2

Fumbles-Lost 1-1 4-3

Penalties-Yards 10-98 4-25

Individual Statistics

Rushing

CEN: Austin Cunningham 7-140, 1 TD; Bradi Moore 5-121, 2 TDs; Kaleb Weyant 2-34; Zac Emerick 2-30, 1 TD; D. C. Helsel 1-30, 1 TD; Austin Cronrath 4-24; Todd Slick 5-18, 1 TD; Nick Hoenstine 2-8; Mike Mock 1-1.

BEL: Doylan Deitrich 6-36, 1 TD; Sabir Breon 6-34, Brian White 6-15, 1 TD; Jordan Fye, 5-minus 28.

Passing

CEN: Austin Cunningham 5-11, 230 yards, 1 interception, 3 touchdowns.

BEL: Jordan Fye 10-18, 138 yards, 2 interceptions; Doylan Deitrich 1-3, 13 yards; Sabir Breon 1-4, 10 yards.

Receiving

CEN: Bradi Moore 2-105, 2 TDs; Austin Cronrath 1-86, 1 TD; Jared Ponder 1-31, Zac Croft 1-8.

BEL: Nick Leiter 5-111, Bryan Green 3-32, Cody Hill 1-10, Doylan Deitrich 2-8, Brian White 1-0.

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