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Tyrone’s Oliver Torches Bald Eagle

Written by: on Saturday, October 6th, 2012

“I think I’m going to have to take out a loan to purchase the fine folks at Bald Eagle Area new turf because James just burned it up tonite”.  Tryone first year coach Steve Guthoff was not exaggerating.  The junior running back burned the turf in Wingate to a tune of 347 yards on 18 carries and six touchdowns carrying Tyrone to a resounding 54-6 thumping of BEA.  “We knew in warmups when Oliver got on the turf he was going to be fast, but we had no idea it’d go like this,” said Guthoff just after offering Oliver the game ball in the  post game huddle at mid field.  “I normally don’t recognize personal gains over team gains but we witnessed something special here tonight. James Oliver just broke the Tyrone single game rushing record, ” he told his team.

It did not take long to get the record started. Starting at their own 42 after BEA attempted a “squib” kick, Oliver ran for 21 yards on the first carry of the game.  A 12 yard run from Tyrone quarterback Erik Wagner and a 23 yard reception to Charles Wilson-Adams set up the two yard run to the endzone by Oliver. The PAT failed and Tyrone led 6-0.

Two plays into the BEA night and the wheels fell off.  Tyrone DB Ben Makdad stepped in front of a Cole Long pass intended for Dakota Bartley and returned the pick to the Tyrone 45.  A 35 yard burst from Oliver, 18 yard pass by Wagner to Corey Snyder, short run from Wagner and 35 yard td run by Oliver gave the Golden Eagles the 13-0 lead following the Seth Umholtz kick.

One big bright spot for BEA was Dakota Bartley. The BEA junior’s highlight reel was overshadowed by Oliver, but Bartley put together quite a night of his own rushing for 135 yards. Starting on their 35, BEA relied on the shifting moves of the junior back to carry them down field, eventually getting a one yard touchdown run from Nate Sharkey.  That was as close as BEA would get. Two series later Oliver carried three times for 52 yards and the score was 20-6 Tyrone.

BEA looked to make a game of it as Long hit Jordan Kobularcik over the middle for a 40 yard pass to the Tyrone 12, however he fumbled the ball after being hit and Tyrone recovered the ball at their nine. One play…Oliver off left tackle…91 fast yards later it was 27-6.

Bartley took BEA to the Tyrone three yard line on a 71 yard jaunt but the Golden Eagles defense held them to zero total yards and took over on downs at the three.  A few runs by Oliver and another connection to Adams from Wagner took Tyrone right back to the endzone in what would be their longest and most time consuming drive, a whopping five minutes. Oliver scored from 24 out with 1:30 to go in the half.

Following a BEA punt to Tyrone, the two teams would exchange interceptions and having just six seconds left everyone expected Tyrone’s quarterback to take a knee….well, everyone except the Tyrone staff.  Wagner hit Wilson-Adams in stride and the receiver took the ball the distance.  Score at the half?  Tyrone 34 BEA 6. “Charles Wilson-Adams, yeah, we have to find more ways to use him. He’s a go getter, always charging hard whether it’s in a game or at practice,” said coach Guthoff of his receivers performance which was three catches for 106 and a touchdown.

Oliver and Tyrone would open the second half lead on three carries that ended the junior back’s stellar night.  Oliver accounted for all 70 yards on the second drive of the half to bring the score to 48-6.  “I wasn’t trying a record in the first half, it was just that the turf felt good to me.  I knew I was close to the old record in the second half but I didn’t keep track, I just wanted to run and score.” said Oliver of his night.  “My line just opened some huge holes for me to run through. ”  Tyrone would add another score late in the game with the reserves.  With this win, Tyrone’s offense has reeled off a four game winning streak while scoring 233 points.  The Golden Eagles move to 4-2 and face 6-0 Clearfield in what should be an huge matchup.

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