Eagles dominated on both sides in win over Huntingdon
For the second straight week, the Bald Eagle Area football team exited the field with a convincing win under its belt. The Eagles’ 42-point win over Huntingdon Friday night was the team’s second consecutive 40 plus point win and the result of both sides of the ball working together.
Both sides didn’t just work together, they dominated the Bearcats in a multitude of ways. Offensively the offense accumulated 445 total yards while BEA’s defense limited the Bearcats to just 26.
“I thought we competed very well. I think we made big plays,” Eagles coach Jesse Nagle said after his team’s win Friday. “Offensively we could do pretty much anything we wanted.”
The Eagles could in fact do anything they wanted. Fans in attendance saw how deep the BEA offense truly Friday was. BEA found the end zone six times during its win and found it in different ways. The Eagles were efficient, averaging four plays per scoring drives.
Freshman quarterback Carson Nagle continued his strong season through the air by compiling 327 yards and four touchdowns. The Huntingdon defense had a rough night controlling Nagle and the weapons around him. Senior wideout Owen Irvin was Nagle’s favorite target Friday. Irvin was a matchup nightmare for the Bearcats, burning the Huntingdon secondary deep multiple times. He ended with a game-high 118 yards and two receiving touchdowns. The BEA passing attack was much more than Irvin. Players such as Cam Watkins, Gavin Eckley and Kahale Burns had their moments too. The three combined for more than 150 yards on nine catches.
The ground game was equally as dominant. Senior running back Garrett Burns led the Eagles with 85 yards on nine touches and Chase Thompson followed with 17 of his own.
Burns was also a key piece in the Eagles’ defense that held the Bearcats scoreless. According to Nagle, it took a complete team effort to pitch the shutout.
“Last week we didn’t do that. We didn’t do that, and the kids were disappointed. Everyone was disappointed not just the starters. I thought the kids that came in did well. They’re getting better and better as the season goes on and that’s all we can ask for,” Nagle said.
Friday’s game marked the second straight week the BEA defense limited its opponent to one score or less. They dictated the line of scrimmage, shut down the run game and terrorized Huntingdon’s quarterback in terms of pass rush.
Tre Greene led the unit with 11 tackles in total. Eckley was second with six as Kaleb Matis and Hunter McCool each had five of their own. Huntingdon could not figure out how to slow down Greene. Outside of recording a game-high 11 tackles, the junior tallied five tackles for loss to go with three sacks. He was relentless in pursuit and set the tone for the BEA defense.
Huntingdon ended with 26 total yards of offense but would have been in the negative if not for a fake punt late into the game. The BEA defense certainly demonstrated in Friday’s win it can hold up its high-scoring offense.