Dakota Bartley’s 200-yard performance earns POW

Warning, this is going to be a BEA-heavy column. I can’t justify spreading the stories evenly. The Eagles were the only team that came away with a win on Friday.

Helping Bald Eagle Area in their 49-47 shootout win vs. Huntingdon was Dakota Bartley. The senior had 200 yards rushing on 25 carries, along with two touchdowns. This player has had solid games all season long and you can make the argument he’s been one of the most consistent players in 2013. This is a game where he stood apart from the pack. Bartley is one of the quickest players in the area and his skills were put on full display vs. the Bearcats.

Most Impressive Team:

Bald Eagle Area (surprise, surprise)

The Eagles are no stranger to garnering the this title, but I’m not handing them this honor by default because they were the only team that won. At halftime, BEA held a 49-28 lead. Yes, at the half. It turns out the Eagles would have to hold on for a win, going scoreless in the second half, eking out 49-47 final. Oh, how wonderful high school football is. The Eagles were walking a tightrope for the last 24 minutes of this game. If the Bearcats had been able to come all the way back and beat the Eagles, I would be singing a different tune. I might be saying they were the biggest disappointment of Week 7, considering they almost squandered a three-touchdown lead. But, Jack Tobias’ crew pulled through. Along with Bartley, Bryan Greene also came up huge for BEA, grabbing a TD reception, running back a kickoff 77 yards for a score and he made the signature play of the game with a huge tackle that came with less than four minutes to play, preventing the two-point try for the tie. There was a lot to dislike in this game – cough, cough, penalties, cough – however, the Eagles made plays when they needed them the most and secured a win on homecoming.

Best Moment:

50 years later

Tired of BEA, yet? Well, this part is going to be short. Just bear with me. As I had mentioned, this was homecoming for the Bald Eagles and BEA celebrated the 50th anniversary of its undefeated squad in 1963. That group had a season mark of 8-0-1 and was one of only two undefeated teams in BEA history.

Worst Moment:

Pavalk…Oh, no.

In the second quarter of Central Mountain’s game at Central Columbia, Tyler Pavalko was sidelined with an injury. The ‘Cats are having a tough season as it is and losing your best player isn’t going to make matters any easier. The Wildcats went on to lose, 36-23. We don’t know how long Pavalko may be out and we hope he comes back soon, but this was a devastating blow to CM.

Surprise stat:

And Bellefonte takes the lead, 7-6!

This wasn’t the first time the Red Raiders had a lead this season, but it was the latest into a game where they had the advantage. Nick Jabco’s 40-yard dash into the endzone gave big Red a 7-6 lead with 2:37 remaining in the third quarter. Penns Valley eventually went on to win, 21-7, spoiling homecoming. Still, this Bellefonte team seems to be figuring itself out more and more. Last Friday was a major step forward.

That’s going to do it for this week’s column. Check back on Thursday for the HS football previews and the day after tomorrow for Friday’s football feature.

Dakota Bartley’s 200-yard performance earns POW

Warning, this is going to be a BEA-heavy column. I can’t justify spreading the stories evenly. The Eagles were the only team that came away with a win on Friday.

Helping Bald Eagle Area in their 49-47 shootout win vs. Huntingdon was Dakota Bartley. The senior had 200 yards rushing on 25 carries, along with two touchdowns. This player has had solid games all season long and you can make the argument he’s been one of the most consistent players in 2013. This is a game where he stood apart from the pack. Bartley is one of the quickest players in the area and his skills were put on full display vs. the Bearcats.

Most Impressive Team:

Bald Eagle Area (surprise, surprise)

The Eagles are no stranger to garnering the this title, but I’m not handing them this honor by default because they were the only team that won. At halftime, BEA held a 49-28 lead. Yes, at the half. It turns out the Eagles would have to hold on for a win, going scoreless in the second half, eking out 49-47 final. Oh, how wonderful high school football is. The Eagles were walking a tightrope for the last 24 minutes of this game. If the Bearcats had been able to come all the way back and beat the Eagles, I would be singing a different tune. I might be saying they were the biggest disappointment of Week 7, considering they almost squandered a three-touchdown lead. But, Jack Tobias’ crew pulled through. Along with Bartley, Bryan Greene also came up huge for BEA, grabbing a TD reception, running back a kickoff 77 yards for a score and he made the signature play of the game with a huge tackle that came with less than four minutes to play, preventing the two-point try for the tie. There was a lot to dislike in this game – cough, cough, penalties, cough – however, the Eagles made plays when they needed them the most and secured a win on homecoming.

Best Moment:

50 years later

Tired of BEA, yet? Well, this part is going to be short. Just bear with me. As I had mentioned, this was homecoming for the Bald Eagles and BEA celebrated the 50th anniversary of its undefeated squad in 1963. That group had a season mark of 8-0-1 and was one of only two undefeated teams in BEA history.

Worst Moment:

Pavalk…Oh, no.

In the second quarter of Central Mountain’s game at Central Columbia, Tyler Pavalko was sidelined with an injury. The ‘Cats are having a tough season as it is and losing your best player isn’t going to make matters any easier. The Wildcats went on to lose, 36-23. We don’t know how long Pavalko may be out and we hope he comes back soon, but this was a devastating blow to CM.

Surprise stat:

And Bellefonte takes the lead, 7-6!

This wasn’t the first time the Red Raiders had a lead this season, but it was the latest into a game where they had the advantage. Nick Jabco’s 40-yard dash into the endzone gave big Red a 7-6 lead with 2:37 remaining in the third quarter. Penns Valley eventually went on to win, 21-7, spoiling homecoming. Still, this Bellefonte team seems to be figuring itself out more and more. Last Friday was a major step forward.

That’s going to do it for this week’s column. Check back on Thursday for the HS football previews and the day after tomorrow for Friday’s football feature.