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Football roundup: Turnovers hurt Bellefonte in loss to Central

Bellefonte committed five turnovers but managed to keep the game close in a 26-14 loss to the Central Dragons on Friday in Mountain League action.

“We need to hold onto the ball. Turnovers have plagued us the past couple weeks. That’s probably where we need to start,” said Bellefonte coach Shanon Manning. “I think our effort was better (Friday) and our attention to detail was better. As far as the turnover battle I think we were minus-five. It’s tough to beat any team when you’re down four or five turnovers, let alone a team the caliber of Central.”

Ethan Rossman threw for 132 yards for Bellefonte and ran for 53. Running back Jalen Emel led the Red Raiders with 58 rushing yards.

Parker Gregg led Central with 98 rushing yards and Jeff Hoenstine had success in the air, throwing for 220 yards, incuding two touchdowns. He also ran in a score.

Rossman scored on a 2-yard run in the second quarter which cut Bellefonte’s deficit to 12-7. Hoenstine threw a 27-yard TD pass in the third quarter to make it a 20-7 Central lead before Rossman scored on a 60-yard reception for the game’s final touchdown.

JERSEY SHORE 53,

SHIKELLAMY 0

Jersey Shore was as dominant as it could be in victory.

The Bulldogs held Shikellamy to just 25 yards of offense and the Braves averaged 0.5 yards per carry as the Bulldogs’ run defense was excellent.

Jersey Shore jumped out to a 28-0 lead after a first quarter in which the Bulldogs had two passing touchdowns, a rushing touchdown and a fumble returned for a score.

“We wanted to establish tempo at first,” Jersey Shore coach Tom Gravish said. “The defense did a fabulous job getting a touchdown ona sack-strip. We were powerful up front.”

Branden Wheary threw for 186 yards and three touchdowns and Cam Allison (84 rushing yards) and Brady Jordan (74) both ran for more than 70 yards.

MUNCY 42, BUCKTAIL 24

Muncy built a 35-point lead in the first half and held off Bucktail in the final two quarters en route to a 42-24 win.

Branson Eyer caught two touchdown passes of 1 yard in the first quarter and Ethan Gush punched in a touchdown in the final minute to put the Indians ahead, 21-0.

Chase Crawley had a 30-yard fumble return for a touchdown early in the second quarter for a 28-0 lead.

Bucktail’s three touchdowns all came in the second half. Dylan Cross accounted for two of them, having 3- and 15-yard touchdown runs. The Bucks converted all three two-point conversions.

Ty Nixon led Muncy’s ground game with 120 rushing yards, averaging an impressive 10 yards per carry. Ethan Gush had 80 rushing yards and Paul Pepper ran for 77.

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