High School Sports

Ligonier Valley hammers Bald Eagle Area

LIGONIER — A week after clinching a long-awaited playoff berth, Bald Eagle Area suffered a 48-6 loss against Ligonier Valley on Friday.

Led by three touchdown runs from quarterback Scott Fennell, the Rams (9-1) racked up 377 yards on the ground against the Eagles, who finished the regular season 6-4. Dakota Bartley’s 66 yards on the ground, including a 13-yard touchdown run, lead BEA.

The Rams took control from the start.

Fennell, who was 5-for-6 for 74 yards, got the scoring started with a 13-yard touchdown pass to Alec Bloom in the first quarter. The Eagles blocked Maddy Grimm’s extra point and trailed 6-0 after the quarter.

Ligonier Valley scored three more times in the second quarter. Fennell snuck in from a yard out and ran in the two-point conversion run to make it 14-0. BEA climbed back to within 14-6 on Bartley’s run, but the Eagles also had an extra point blocked.

Fennell closed out the half with an touchdown strike of eight yards to Bloom and a one-yard scoring run to make it 26-6 at the half. The Eagles blocked another extra point and a two-point conversion run failed for the Rams.

Fennell scored again from a yard out to push the lead to 33-6. Ryan Torrance added a three-yard run and a conversion run to push the lead to 41-6 after three quarters. Dereck Croyle’s 54-yard run closed out the scoring in the fourth quarter.

BEA managed just 145 total yards against the Ligonier Valley defense, with 105 coming on the ground. Eagles quarterback Cole Long was 3-for-7 for 22 yards passing.

Torrance led the Rams with 161 yards on 28 carries. Croyle added 85 on eight carries, while Fennell had 31 on nine carries.

BEA awaits its District 6 Class AA playoff opponent, which has yet to be announced.