Tyrone’s balanced offensive attack was too much for an undermanned Bellefonte team Friday night as the unbeaten Golden Eagles rolled to a 47-7 win over the Raiders at Gray Memorial Field.
Tyrone got touchdowns from four different people while amassing 222 yards rushing and 170 yards passing on its way to its fifth win. The Golden Eagles also threw in an 88-yard return of the opening kickoff to add to Bellefonte’s problems.
Aleic Hunter gathered in the opening kick, threaded his way up the middle to midfield then broke left and outraced the pursuit down the sideline for the score. Only 16 seconds had ticked off the clock. Bellefonte blocked the extra point.
It was a worst-case scenario for the injury-riddled Raiders.
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“That took the wind out of our sails right there. They jumped on us right away,” said Bellefonte head coach Shannon Manning. “We’re young, we’re injured and when our kids see that ‘T’ on the helmet and something like that happens, they think that’s what’s supposed to happen. You can’t live in this area and not know about the Tyrone tradition.”
The Golden Eagles added touchdowns on their next two possessions, driving 56 yards for a score when fullback Elijah Sleeth thundered up the middle from the 3 at the 6:06 mark and freshman Ethan Vipond booted the PAT. Hunter added a 10-yard run to cap a 71-yard march with 12 seconds left in the quarter. Vipond made it 20-0.
The first time Tyrone touched the ball in the second quarter Garrett Hunter, who completed his first 10 passes, hit Sleeth on a screen to the right and the fullback took it 44 yards for the making it 27-0 with 8:25 left in the half.
Garrett Hunter finished the night completing 12 of 15 passes for 170 yards and two touchdowns while Aleic Hunter carried the ball 20 times for 133 yards and three scores. Sleeth added one touchdown running and one receiving.
“We have a lot of receivers who can catch the ball, some good running backs, a good fullback and our line was pushing people around,” said first-year Tyrone coach Jason Wilson. “It’s nice to know you can spread the ball around.
“That kickoff return gave us a big boost. You never know how your team is going to come out to start the game.”
Tyrone picked up where it left off in the second half, scoring on its first possession when Garrett Hunter found Nick Getz in the back of the end zone for a seven-yard touchdown at the 6:30 mark.
The Golden Eagles put the merecy rule into effect on their next possession when Aleic Hunter got loose at his own 43 and went 57 yards for the score. That made it 40-0.
The Golden Eagles got their last TD when reserve fullback Zach Soellner scored from the 3 with 7:32 left in the game
Tyler Kreger got the Red Raiders on the board when he scored from the 7 with 51 seconds left in the game. Matt Feldman kicked the extra point.
“It’s Week 5 and teams that are not confident are not going to beat teams that are confident,” Manning said. “There is such a difference between them. We didn’t play like a confident team.”