Bellefonte Red Raiders get big 55-10 road win over Tyrone
By ANDY ELDER
For The Express
TYRONE — Bellefonte piled up 475 yards on the ground and ripped off seven rushing touchdowns to pummel injury depleted Tyrone, 55-10, Friday at Gray Veterans Memorial Field.
The Red Raiders’ C.J. Funk continued his stellar season as he gained 144 yards and scored four touchdowns. Funk ran his season totals to 789 yards on 53 carries and 13 touchdowns.
Ten other Bellefonte backs gained 331 yards as the Raider offensive hardly skipped a beat no matter who carried the ball.
“Our offense becomes more about who’s getting the ball as opposed to who exactly is getting the ball, meaning by position. The way the offense is geared it goes through certain positions all the time. When we put the kids in, if they know what they’re doing and execute, we’ll still pick up yards,” Bellefonte coach Shanon Manning said.
Tyrone, which has been decimated by injuries, was powerless to stop the high-powered Bellefonte run game.
“We have no linebackers left. We’re putting defensive backs in at linebacker. You can’t stop a powerful running game like that,” Tyrone coach John Franco said. “They have an excellent offensive line. We’re just trying to recover. We’re trying to put our team back together. We’re struggling right now.”
Funk scored on runs of 20 and 10 yards to give the Raiders a 14-0 lead after a quarter. Isaiah Nadolsky caught a 1-yard touchdown on an out route to stretch the lead to 21-0 midway through the second quarter.
Tyrone then marched inside the Bellefonte 5 and looked like it might make it a game. The Raiders, however, turned the Golden Eagles away on five straight plays (a pass interference call gave Tyrone an extra play) to prevent a potential momentum swing.
“That definitely would have changed the complexion of the game. It was good for us to be in that given situation. At that point in time it would have been close. It was huge. It was huge for us to step up,” Manning said.
Franco was understandably frustrated by team’s inability to stick the ball in the end zone.
“The thing that upset me the most was we couldn’t score at the 1(-yard line). We just kept getting blown back. That’s unacceptable for our team,” he said.
Tyrone salvaged at least a little pride when it sacked Bellefonte quarterback Ethan Rossman in the end zone for a safety to make the score 21-2 at the half.
Bellefonted added touchdown runs of 37 and 3 yards in the third quarter, then tacked on a 53-yard score by Jacob Hummel, a 48-yard scamper by Logan Houser and a 7-yard run by Ashton Kozel in the fourth.
“Our communication tonight was really good. When we started moving them, you just watched C.J. Funk, Jacob Hummel, Nick Capparelle, Ethan Rossman, Jalen Emel. When they get an open hole, they just starting running. They eat up yards,” Raider center Julian Emel said.
Tyrone, which was missing multiple starters, especially at linebacker and running back, needs to get healthy, Franco said, before worrying about its play.
“We have to heal first. We’re so battered up right now, we’re trying to find people to play positions without putting sophomores into areas where they are going to get hurt. We’re not going to do that,” he said.
Despite outgaining Tyrone 562-214 in total yards, Manning still saw areas he thinks his team can improve in.
“It was good to get the win,” he said, “but at the same time we felt like there were definitely areas for us to improve.”
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Bellefonte 14 7 13 21 — 55
Tyrone 0 2 8 10 — 10
RUSHING–Bellefonte,Funk 11-144, Lehman 2-19, Capparelle 2-0, 9-57, Emel 3-53, Hummel 3-105, Way 2-13, Weaver 1-4, Kozel 1-7, Alterio 3-25, Houser 1-48. Tyrone, Lucas 15-24, Clifton 4-0, Homan 1-4, Weaver 1-0, Sprankle 5-6.
PASSING–Bellefonte, Rossman 6-15-0 87. Tyrone, Lucas 9-19-0 180; Gwinn 0-3-1.
RECEIVING–Bellefonte, Capparelle 1-6, Nadolsky 2-16, Zimmerman 1-5, 1-36, Grey 1-24. Tyrone, Zimmerman 1-19, 7-153, Homan 1-8.
Records: Bellefonte (4-1), Tyrone (2-3).
Next week: Bellefonte hosts Clearfield; Tyrone hosts Bald Eagle Area.