It only took Tyrone 1:58 and eight plays to score the first two times it touched the football on Friday night, and the Golden Eagles rolled from there to a 42-3 win over outmanned Philipsburg-Osceola.
On the first snap of the game, Tyrone quarterback Garrett Hunter connected with Silas Crawford straight down the seam on the right side to put the ball at the P-O 35. Three running plays put the ball at the P-O 17, Hunter hit Nick Getz for 14 yards and Aleic Hunter took it in from there. Ethan Vipond made it 7-0 at the 9:41 mark.
P-O then went three-and-out, and a 12-yard punt set the Golden Eagles up at the Mountie 40. Hunter and Getz combined for 27 yards and Aleic Hunter went in from 13 yards out on the next play. Vipond made it 14-0 and 7:43 still showed on the first-quarter clock.
“Our offense really clicked right off the bat,” said Tyrone coach Jason Wilson. “We’ve worked on the passing game. We have some playmakers and we wanted to get the ball in their hands.”
The lone bright spot for the Mounties came on their next possession when they marched from their own 27 to the Tyrone 24, thanks to a 35-yard pass from Jake Anderson to Derek Moore, and a 35-yard pass from Anderson to Tanner Lamb. On fourth-and-10 from the Tyrone 24, Aaron Boumerhi easily made a 41-yard field goal at the 3:11 mark to get the Mounties on the board.
After that, it was all Tyrone.
The Golden Eagles scored three times in the second quarter as Hunter hit Getz for a 27-yard score, Aleic Hunter scooted 54 yards for a touchdown, and Drew Hunter connected with Duane Boone from 11 yards out to make it 35-3 at the break.
Wilson said his squad did a good job of maintaining its focus despite P-O’s 0-3 record.
“This group has been very good about that,” he said. “We told them P-O has some good receivers and they can make some plays. They did that tonight. They don’t have that many guys but they have some guys who can make some plays and they play hard. They did that in the first half. They had some nice drives. But they had some short punts that put us in good field position.”
Tyrone took advantage of a 16-yard punt and started its first possession of the second half on its own 35. From there, it ran the ball four straight times before Garrett Hunter found Cullen Raftery for 15 yards to the four-yard line and Elijah Sleeth went up the middle for the final touchdown of the night at the 6:46 mark.
That put the mercy rule into play and sentenced the Mounties to their fourth straight loss this year and 11th in a row stretching back to the 2013 season.
Garrett Hunter had a big night for Tyrone, connecting on seven of 10 passes for 164 yards and a touchdown while Aleic Hunter carried the ball six times for 90 yards and three touchdowns.
Tyrone, 4-0, entertains Bellefonte on Friday, while P-O travels to take on Chestnut Ridge.