There was no doubt the Penns Valley football team could move the ball Friday night at Grey Vets Memorial Field.
The problem was when the Rams got into the red zone.
Penns Valley marched inside the Tyrone 20-yard line five times and had nothing to show for it — despite twice reaching the 1.
“We had our chances,” Penns Valley coach Martin Tobias said after his team tallied 482 yards of offense but fell to the Golden Eagles 28-6, turning the ball over three times on deep drives.
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Brandon Loose rushed for 124 yards and three touchdowns for Tyrone (3-6).
Aaron Tobias was 30 for 49 passing for 335 yards but was picked off twice in the red zone for the Rams (2-7). Ryan Ripka rushed for 90 yards on 22 carries, and Justin Sands added eight carries for 50 yards, including a 38-yard run in the second quarter for the team’s lone touchdown.
But it was the scores the Rams did not get that hurt the most.
Penns Valley dominated the second half, holding the Eagles to just 82 yards of offense while rolling up 230 of its own.
But the first drive after halftime ended with a fourth-and-goal at the 1 before a fumbled snap turned the ball over. Reflecting on the way the defense played, Martin Tobias knows it would have been a different game if the team finished that first drive after the break.
“That was very important,” Tobias said. “It was at a crucial point where that really could have given us a shot in the arm and possibly given us the momentum going forward.”
The second drive also got to the 1, but Sands was stuffed on fourth down. Two more drives reached the Eagle 19 and 10, but interceptions ended those trips.
Penns Valley also reached the 14 in the first half before stalling on downs.
“We told them, ‘Bend but don’t break,’” Tyrone coach Jason Wilson said. “(That was) against an offense that was pretty efficient like theirs.”
Loose scored on runs of 21 and nine yards in the first half, and added a late 10-yard score to ice the game. Parker Mitchell, who was 6 of 12 passing for 128 yards, with all of his completions in the first half, hit Rashawn Hicks on a 52-yard strike for the other score.
It was a night of missed opportunities for the Rams.
“It’s definitely something that’s going to get them down,” Martin Tobias said. “They’re not celebrating or anything. It doesn’t matter how well you move the ball if you don’t capitalize. We didn’t do that.”