Tyrone over Central MountainWritten by: WesternPAFootball.net Staff on Monday, October 22nd, 2012
Tyrone – The Golden Eagles ran out to a 20-0 halftime lead and never looked back, holding off the visiting Wildcats for a 26-18 victory Friday night on Senior night in Tyrone.
Using a ball controlling, time consuming ground game, the home side scored on first half drives of 69, 55 and 76 yards to run out to a lead they would never relinquish.
On this Senior night it was Junior running back James Oliver who carried the ball early and often for the Golden Eagles. Running the ball on 12 of Tyrone’s first 15 plays to open the game, Oliver scored the first of his three touchdowns finishing the nearly eight minute drive with a 12 yard touchdown scamper.
With it’s second possession, Tyrone again went to Oliver, this time with a bit of a twist. After carrying the ball on first down, Oliver took a second down pitch from Quarterback Erik Wagner on what looked like a sweep around the right side. With the Wildcat defense thinking just that, Oliver pulled up and rifled a 51-yard touchdown pass to an uncovered, wide open Charles Wilson-Adams. Seth Umholtz converted his second extra point giving the Golden Eagles a 14-0 lead.
Oliver came into the game averaging over 10.5 yards a carry with a total of 1339 yards on the ground, the fourth highest in Pennsylvania high school football this year. He finished the game with 175 yards on 40 carries.
For Central Mountain, it was a very frustrating first half on both sides of the ball. The Wildcats had no answer for Oliver, and could not muster any offense of their own. Three of Central Mountain’s first five possessions ended in three-and-out series. A fourth ended when a pass was intercepted on the fourth play of the drive and the fifth came as a result of the ‘Cats not being able to move the chains on the fourth down at Tyrone’s 26 yard line.
The Wildcats finally got things rolling on the second half’s opening possession by putting together a 10-play, 55-yard drive that was capped off by a Drew Alexander two yard plunge. The senior fullback carried the ball seven times for 44 yards on CM’s first scoring drive. He would finish the night with 16 total carries for 81 yards, both season highs.
With the defense finally slowing down Tyrone’s offense, the Central Mountain offense finally woke up, albeit too late, as the Wildcats did manage two late touchdowns.
Blaze Buckwalter scored on a one-yard run capping a 10-play, 88-yard drive, and on their next possession, Von Walker completed passes of 34 and 29 yards to Cole Renninger, the second resulting in a touchdown setting the final score at 26-18.
Walker led the Wildcats with 154 yards on the ground, 101 of those in the second half. He was also 8-for-20 in the passing department for 129 yards. Tyler Pavalko caught four of the Walker passes for 52 yards. The usually reliable Nick Nole was 0-3 on extra point attempts with two being blocked and one wide right.
Central Mountain, now 0-5 all-time against Tyrone, drops to 3-5 on the season, while Tyrone is now 5-3. The Wildcats will be at home next Friday night to take on another tough AA school as Athens comes into Malinak Stadium. Kick-off is slated for 7pm.
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