Bald Eagle Area (3-2) at Tyrone (4-1)
Coaches: BEA—Jack Tobias; Tyrone—Steve Guthoff
Last meeting: Tyrone 54, BEA 6, last season
Key players: Tyrone—RB Jordan Oliver; BEA— LB Austin Cowher
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The skinny: If Bald Eagle Area coach Jack Tobias has nightmares, you’d think Tyrone running back Jordan Oliver would be in them.
All Oliver did against the Eagles last fall was rush for a school-record 335 yards on 18 carries and scored six touchdowns in Tyrone’s 54-6 romp. Oliver had TD runs of 91, 35 and 21 yards among his six scores on the record-setting night.
Oliver is a big reason why the Golden Eagles are off to a solid start. Oliver has rushed for 640 yards and 13 touchdowns this season, including 155 yards and four scores in just 12 carries during last week’s 53-6 romp against Bellefonte.
BEA and Tyrone have something in common — a loss to Central. BEA became Central’s latest victim, falling 33-14 last week.
BEA had the Dragons in trouble, taking a 14-6 lead into the half at Alumni Stadium, before Austin Cunningham led a dominating 27-0 run in the second half.
After opening the season 3-0, the Eagles have dropped two straight. They’ve struggled offensively in both losses and had just 135 yards of total offense against Central. The Eagles, who did not have a first down after the half, were also penalized for 90 yards last week.
If the Eagles can keep the heat off him, quarterback Jason Jones has been effective. Jones has completed 34 of 51 passes for 675 yards and six scores. Twins Bryce and Bryan Greene have combined for 25 catches for 555 yards and five scores.