RIVALRY RENEWED: Bellefonte High defeats Bald Eagle Area, 42-14, in annual rivalry game

The offensive line of Bald Eagle Area High School and defensive line of Bellefonte High School stare each other down before a snap during a rivalry high school football game between the Red Raiders and Bald Eagles. Bellefonte won 42-14. (The Express/Tim Weight)

WINGATE – This one had rivalry written all over it.

With possible post season scenarios on the line, the Bellefonte and Bald Ragle Area football teams met on the grid iron for more than just pride on the line in their annual rivalry match.

This year’s meeting was held at the young, up and coming Bald Eagles back yard and for almost three and a half quarters the two teams revived the classic match up between the two as Bellefonte went into the final stanza leading just a slim 14-6 advantage.

However, the 7-2 Red Raiders were on a mission to finish the regular season on a strong note as they head into post season play next week – scoring 28 fourth quarter points to pull out a 42-14 victory over the Eagles.

“They played hard tonight. They gave everything they had. We had very few possessions. We only had one possession that we didn’t score tonight,” Bellefonte coach Shanon Manning said. “In the second half, I thought we played pretty good football.”

Leading the march for Bellefonte was quarterback Dylan Deitrich who passed for 98 yards and ran for 108 yards, and finished with three running touchdowns and one through the air.

Teammate Dexter Gallishaw was a strong force in the middle as he busted his way through the Eagles defense for 102 yards.

Bald Eagle Area got a strong night through the air from their quarterback Jaden Jones. Jones threw for 173 yards and one touchdown pass. The only blemish on his night was two picks.

“We fought and battled. They (Bellefonte) are a very good football team. They’re hard hitting. They have a nice quarterback and a nice running back,” said Bald Eagle Area Head coach Jesse Nagle. “We knew they were going to be hard to stop. We just didn’t make enough plays.”

In the first half, the Red Raiders used its ground game to start with and it paid dividends early on as Deitrich capped off a long drive with a 3-yard touchdown run.

With the Chris Persiko kick, the Bellefonte offense put its team ahead 7-0 after one.

With time running out in the second, Bellefonte was able to take another time-consuming drive to put one last score in before the half. Deitrich once again got the call and muscled it in from one yard out.

When the two teams went into the intermission, the Red Raiders held a slim 14-0 advantage.

Bald Eagle got the ball to start the second and made the most of it as Jones would hit a wide open Nick Turner for the 36-yard touchdown pass, cutting the lead to 14-6.

On the ensuing kick, the Eagles pulled off a successful onside kick as Tommy Snyder gave his team the ball in Red Raider territory.

However, the Bellefonte defense held strong and thwarted the Eagles effort.

In the final stanza it was almost all Bellefonte.

Only five seconds in the fourth, Deitrich hit teammate Cade Fortney on a 20-yard TD hook up, extending the lead to 21-6.

After a Bellefonte interception on the following drive, the Red Raiders went for the end zone again.

Deitrich finished off a drive once again, this time posting a 6-yard touchdown run, upping the lead to 28-6 with still 10:07 left.

Bald Eagle had the play of the day as Jones went back to pass and sent a basketball-type backwards bounce pass to teammate Derek Henry. Henry picked it off the bounce and threw a 65-yard strike to teammate Nick Turner for the touchdown. With the successful two-point conversion, the Bald Eagles were in striking distance at 28-14. However, on the next two possessions Bellefonte would ice it with touchdown runs from Deitrich and Gallishaw with TD runs of 5-yards and 19-yards, respectively.

With the win, Bellefonte will host Clearfield next week while Bald Eagle enters the postseason with an away game at Juniata.

Bellefonte 42,

Bald Eagle Area 14

BEL 7 7 0 28 – 42

BEA 0 0 6 8 – 14


First quarter

Bel – Dylan Deitrich 3-yard TD run (Chris Persiko kick), 9:15.

Second quarter

Bel – Deitrich 1-yard TD run (Persiko kick), 2:41.

Third quarter

BEA – Jaden Jones 36-yard TD pass to Nick Turner (kick failed), 10:58.

Fourth quarter

Bel – Deitrich 20-yard TD pass to Cade Fortney (Persiko kick), 11:55

Bel – Deitrich 6-yard run ( Persiko kick), 10:07.

BEA – Derek Henry 65-yard TD pass to Nick Turner (2-point conversion), 7:23.

Bel – Deitrich 5-yard TD run (Persiko kick), 7:23.

Bel – Dexter Gallishaw 19-yard run (Persiko kick), 3:11.


Rushing: Bellefonte- Cade Fortney 2-19, Dexter Gallishaw 16-102, Dylan Deitrich 17-108, Nick Catalano 1-(-5), Nick Paloskey 2-12, TJ Funk 2-16. Bald Eagle Area-Blake Roberts 11-22, Nick Turner 1-1, Jade Jones 14-27, Gage McClenahan 2-7, Josh Ishler 4-8.

Recieving: Bellefonte – Fortney 1-20, Stephen Kutches 4-58, Funk 1-10. Bald Eagle – Matthew Reese 1-4, Roberts 1-26, Turner 4-127, Derek Henry 3-18, McClenahan 3-56, Kael Gardner 2-8.

Passing: Bellefonte- Deitrich 6-9 98. Bald Eagle Area – Jones 13-22-173, Henry 1-1 65.

Team statistics BEL BEA

First downs 16 12

Rushing 252 65

Receiving 98 231

Passing 6-9-0 0 14-23-2-0.

Totals 350 296

Fumbles-lost 3-1 2-1

Interceptions 2. 0

Punts 1-28 0-0

Penalties 5-58 4-39