Penns Valley hung with Tyrone until the Golden Eagles scored two late touchdowns in the second quarter to pull away for a 43-21 triumph on Friday.
The Rams (4-5) got a stellar effort from Taylor Collison, who rushed for a season-high 180 yards on 24 carries and scored three touchdowns. Tyrone’s James Oliver rumbled for 194 yards on 22 carries and three touchdowns.
Collison put Penns Valley on the scoreboard first, bolting 47 yards for a score with 8:52 left in the opening quarter. Andrew Deardorff’s kick made it 7-0.
Tyrone (7-2) got even on Oliver’s four-yard run, then took control by outscoring the Rams 29-7 in the second period.
Erik Getz found Nicholas Getz for a 10-yard scoring pass seven seconds into the period. A missed extra point made the score 13-7.
Oliver bolted 15 yards for a score and Wagner hit tight end Duane Boone for the conversion pass to make it 21-7.
Penns Valley fought back with a drive that Collison capped with a 3-yard burst to make the score 21-14 with 3:13 left in the period.
But the Golden Eagles would tack on 15 more points before the half. Oliver ran 15 yards for a score and Wagner’s conversion pass to Silas Crawford made the score 29-14.
A turnover gave the ball back and Wagner fired a 26-yard touchdown pass to Aleic Hunter with 26 seconds left in the half. Seth Umholtz’s extra point made it 36-14 at the break.
Elijah Sleeth scored from two yards out late in the third quarter to cap the Tyrone scoring.
Collison finished his huge night with a two-yard scoring run with 1:27 left.
Penns Valley had 388 yards against the Tyrone defense, including 247 yards on the ground. The Golden Eagles had 248 yards on the ground and 411 yards of total offense.
The big difference came on turnovers. The Rams gave the ball away three times, while Tyrone did not have a turnover.
Penns Valley’s Cameron Tobias completed 8 of 19 passes for 141 yards with an interception. Luke Weaver grabbed four catches for 46 yards and Wyatt Sharp had two for 61 yards.
Wagner completed 8 of 15 passes for 153 yards. Hunter had three catches for 81 yards.
Penns Valley hosts Mount Union on Friday in its regular-season finale.