TYRONE — Philipsburg-Osceola lost three fumbles, a quarterback and a football game at Gray Veterans Memorial Field Friday night.
P-O quarterback-linebacker Curtis Matsko left the game early in the first quarter with an undetermined injury, two high snaps cost the Mounties a touchdown and a safety and another killed a promising drive, all in the first quarter. That enabled the Golden Eagles to take a 22-0 lead which they eventually turned into a 57-21 romp.
It was the second bad snap that hurt the most according to Mountie coach Jeff Vroman.
Tyrone scored on its first possession of the game, driving 52 yards in 10 plays, a 15-yard pass from Eric Wagner to Nick Getz ending the drive at the 5:15 mark. Seth Umholtz, a rare straight-on kicker, converted the extra point.
P-O went backwards after taking the kickoff, winding up on its own 11 before a high snap into the end zone was covered by Jake Anderson, giving Tyrone a safety and a 9-0 lead.
It only took the Golden Eagles two plays to score after fielding the free kick. James Oliver gained four yards and Wagner hooked up with Getz again, this time from 45 yards out to make it 15-0 with 2:42 remaining.
The Mounties showed some life on their next possession as Anderson connected with Caleb Pepperday for 60 yards and a fumble at the end of the play was recovered by the Mounties at the 5. But another high snap over Anderson’s head was chased down and recovered by Tyrone at P-O 43. It took Tyrone three plays to reach the 15 and from there Oliver scored the first of his four touchdowns giving Tyrone a 22-0 lead with 38 seconds left in the first quarter.
“I was disappointed the way our kids let down after Tyrone got up a couple of scores,” Vroman said. “That (second) high snap really hurt us. We did some nice things on offense. We had a good game plan coming into the game.”
Anderson, a sophomore, replaced Matsko at quarterback and completed seven of 11 passes for 159 yards and a touchdown.
“Jake did a great job,” Vroman said. “You can’t fault him. If he has to play he’ll do all right. I just hope Curtis is OK. If he’s not that would be a shame.”
Tyrone put the game into mercy rule territory in the second quarter as Oliver scored on runs of five, six and 43 yards and Alec Hunter scored on a 64-yard run with 2:06 left in the second quarter to make it 50-0. Hunter got Tyrone’s final score on a 10-yard run late in the third quarter.
P-O got scoring runs from Dustin Shuey and Anderson and a scoring pass from Anderson to Caleb Belinda to wrap up the scoring.
For Tyrone the win moved it to 3-1 on the season while P-O fell to 1-3.
“We didn’t care what color jersey was across from us, our goal was to just get better and I think we did that,” said coach Steve Guthoff. “They didn’t help themselves, putting the ball on the ground and with those high snaps. But we still had to take advantage of those miscues. If you want to be a good team you have to take advantage of those.
“But we still have a lot of places where we have to get better.”