Northern Bedford Steals Win Over Tussey Mountain
Written by: Billy Splain on Saturday, September 7th, 2013
“Both communities will be empty tonight. Everyone will be here, this is what they wait for. Whenever we go to the coffee shops in the morning everyone’s going to be telling us what we did well and what we should’ve done. ” That was what Northern Bedford defensive coach Gary Black had to say before their version of “The Backyard Brawl” with Tussey Mountain. I imagine Saturday morning coach Black is hearing two things today: great defense and good job getting those turnovers as the Black Panthers capitalized on three Titan turnovers to steal a 28-20 win at the Tussey Mountain Sports Complex. And it wasn’t easy.
Northern Bedford quarterback Blake Over, who by the way at 6’5″ stood head and shoulders above everyone else on the field, got things going for his team quickly. On the second play of the game he found Kyler Diehl, who is being recruited as a “run on” tight end by Penn State, for a 35 yard gain. The duo finished the drive connecting this time for a 13 yard touchdown. The point after was good and the Black Panthers led 7-0.
Tussy Mountain’s first drive stalled and Northern Bedford took advantage. The Black Panthers went on a 4 minute, 68 yard drive to end the 1st quarter, taking the lead 14-0 when Over found Austin Heck for a 30 yard scoring pass. “We just came out flat in the first quarter and we had to battle back” said Titan coach Joshua Smith. Battle back they did.
On the ensuing drive, Titan quarterback Quinn Barnett found a streaking Darrin Sipes (3 catches for 56 yards and 1 td) for a 47 yard gain. The two hooked up three times on the drive, the third a 4 yard scoring strike and the Titans breathed new life into their game. ” It’s hard to find a positive in a loss but these kids battled adversity tonight. They never gave up” said Smith of his teams efforts. With the score 14-7 midway through the second quarter things got interesting.
On the first play of the next drive Diehl put the ball on the ground and Matthew Kline recovered the fumble for the Titans. The excitement was short lived as speedy back Daniel Taylor took off on a 19 yard gain only to have the ball ripped from his arms and recovered by the Black Panthers one play into their drive. Things looked bleak before the half for the Titans as Northern Bedford drove to the 15. That’s when coach Black’s defensive plan kicked in. Three tackles in the panther backfield and a sack by Curtis Wentz drove the Panthers back to the 25. On first and ten Over looked for another score in the corner of the end zone but was intercepted by Taylor on the one yard line.
Tussey coach Smith said “They were stuffing our run game so we challenged our line coming out in the second half.” The line took the challenge and the Titans ran with it. And Taylor. The Titans ran for over 170 yards in the second half, and the speedy back found gaping holes all over the field on the first drive of the half to the tune of three rushes for 54 yards and the tying score to begin the second half. Unfortunately this is where the wheels fell off for the Titans.
Over led his team on a 60 yard scoring drive following one of 2 lost fumbles by the Titans in the second half, running the ball in himself from 1 on 4th down. The point after was blocked keeping the score 20-14 with just over 10 minutes to play in the game. Taylor fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Northern Bedford drove the 39 yard distance. Over finished the drive with a 10 yard jaunt, then took the fake kick in for the 2 point conversion giving the Black Panthers a 14 point lead with 9 minutes left to play. He would finish the game 13-of-22 passing for 207 yards and 30 yards rushing accounting for all 4 scores, 2 rushing and 2 passing touchdowns. Diehl finished the night with 7 catches for 100 yards and a score.
The Titans would answer back driving 71 yards with Kline getting his 2nd td of the night making the final score 28-20.
Next week Tussy Mountain takes on Moshannon Valley while the Black Panthers face Everett at home.
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