High School Sports

Mistakes plague Bald Eagle Area football in loss to Tyrone

Bald Eagle Area’s Jaden Jones, seen here earlier this season, threw for two touchdowns in the Eagles’ 27-19 loss to Tyrone on Friday night. Jones threw both of his scores to Nick Turner in the 27-19 loss to Tyrone.
Bald Eagle Area’s Jaden Jones, seen here earlier this season, threw for two touchdowns in the Eagles’ 27-19 loss to Tyrone on Friday night. Jones threw both of his scores to Nick Turner in the 27-19 loss to Tyrone. Centre Daily Times, file

Name the mistake, and Bald Eagle Area made it against Tyrone at Gray Memorial Field on Friday night.

Interceptions? Check. One of them.

Fumbles lost? Check, three of them, one lost in the end zone for the game-clinching touchdown.

Missed tackles? Check. Too many to count.

And they all added up to a 27-19 loss at the hands of the Golden Eagles, who continued a 25-game winning streak against BEA.

“We just don’t know how to win,” BEA coach Jesse Nagle said. “We made mistake after mistake after mistake. Turnovers, missed tackles. If we don’t have the four turnovers, who knows? But we had them at crucial times. They were the difference.”

BEA jolted Tyrone when Blake Roberts took the opening kickoff up the middle, veered to the left sideline and went 92 yards for the score. The PAT attempt was blocked.

But Tyrone did what Tyrone does, shook off the punch and went to work, driving 63 yards in 13 plays, all on the ground. And Brandon Loose, who ran 29 times for 204 yards, slammed in from the 4 for the score. Ethan Vipond booted the PAT at the 6:15 mark in the first quarter to give Tyrone the lead it never relinquished.

On Tyrone’s next possession, Loose went 83 yards around the right side for the score with 2:36 left in the quarter — to boost the lead to 14.

BEA rallied late in the second quarter, going 77 yards on 12 plays, the big one being a 28-yard pass from Jaden Jones to Mathew Reese to put the ball on the Tyrone 46. Jones finished the drive by throwing a five-yard strike to Nick Turner in the end zone with 2:20 left in the half. The snap for the PAT was bobbled, leaving the score at 14-12.

It was more of Loose in the second half as he carried five straight times early in the second half. Loose scored from the three with 9:36 to go in the quarter.

“Loose is a good back,” Nagle said. “I don’t know how many times we had him in the backfield and he got loose for two, three four yards. He was the difference.”

But the critical play came later in the quarter when BEA was backed up on its 20 and, on fourth down, the snap sailed over the punter’s head and Tyrone’s Aric Reader recovered in the end zone.

“There were a couple of big plays,” Tyrone coach Jason Wilson said. “That snap is the kind of thing that usually happens to us. But, tonight we recovered it. This will be a confidence booster for us.”

BEA hung in and managed to score with 2:22 left when Jones and Turner connected from a yard out and Charlee Harris booted the PAT to set the final score. But the Eagles couldn’t find the end zone again in the eight-point loss.

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