Brawl Trophy Remains in Bellwood

The Backyard Brawl Trophy will stay in Bellwood another year.  Tyrone Golden Eagles lost to Bellwood Antis last Friday night with a score of 29-16.

“They deserved to win,” Tyrone coach John Franco said to the Altoona Mirror after the game. “They outplayed us, no doubt about it.”

The first half of the game was dominated by the defense of both teams. The teams went back and forth on offense and could not find their way into the endzone.

The first quarter was dull for both teams offensively. While both defenses played great to contain key players on each side, the offensive side had trouble moving the ball downfield. The teams traded the ball back and forth throughout the first quarter.

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The second quarter was much of the same. The Bellwood defense would score before the offense did when Nick Caracciolo returned a fumble 62 yards to the endzone, putting Bellwood ahead by 7-0.

Going into halftime the Eagles needed to tighten up a few loose ends on offense. With their starting right guard Nick Lewis out for the rest of the game, the Tyrone line was a little depleted on manpower. But a replacement was found to fight through the second half.

“I thought the line did well overall but couldn’t piece together to block the ensuing blitzes,” said right guard Nick Lewis.

The second half was full of excitement for both teams. Early on, Zach Mallon had a 61 yard run on the Eagle defense increasing their lead 14-0. Immediately after, Bellwoods defense forced a safety on Tyrone. Bellwood took a 16-0 lead over Tyrone at the end of the third quarter.

Mallon ran for 209 yards in the second half and scored two touchdowns on runs of 61 and 59 yards.

Bellwood still wasn’t done scoring. They scored again with an 8 yard run by Nick Plank, but the Eagles were able to block the extra point keeping the score at 22-0.

Finally, the Eagles got on the scoreboard. Tyrone quarterback Brandon Lucas found himself in the endzone after a 15-yard run. Tyrone successfully made a two-point conversion putting the Eagles at 22-8.

Bellwood once again scored with Zach Mallon running the ball 59 yards. The extra point put them at 29-8. The Eagles did not give up. They finished with a Damon Gripp 33 yard pass for the touchdown. Once again the Eagles made another two-point conversion for ending the game at 29-16.

Damon Gripp led Tyrone with nine catches for 132 yards and a touchdown.

The Eagles ended their season 6-2 and still went to districts despite being picked sixth out of eight teams in the Mountain League.


Bellwood-Antis 0 7 9 13 –29

Tyrone 0 0 0 16 –16

Second Quarter

BA–Caracciolo 62 fumble return (Z. Mallon kick), :49.7

Third Quarter

BA–Z. Mallon 61 run (Z. Mallon kick), 10:29

BA–Safety, Hicks tackled in end zone, 5:03

Fourth Quarter

BA–Plank 8 run (kick failed), 11:54

T–Lucas 15 run (Gampe pass from Lucas), 10:34

BA–Z. Mallon 59 run (Wilson kick), 8:32

T–Gripp 33 pass from Lucas (Lucas pass from Hicks)


First downs

BA – 12

T – 12

Total yards

BA – 293

T – 216


BA – 49-257

T – 19-25

Yards passing

BA – 36

T – 191

Passing (comp.-att.-int)

BA – 2-8-0

T – 15-29-2


BA – 5-41.2

T – 4-35.5


BA – 0-0

T – 1-1


BA – 9-70

T – 5-30



Bellwood-Antis, Z. Mallon 28-248, Plank 12-38, Gibbons 1-3, TEAM 2-(-2), Pellegrine 6-(-24).

Tyrone, Hicks 11-28, Gampe 1-1, Lucas 7-(-4).


Bellwood-Antis, Pellegrine 2-8-0-36.

Tyrone, Lucas 15-26-2-191, Gwinn 0-2-0-0, Hicks 0-1-0-0.


Bellwood-Antis, Shedlock 2-36.

Tyrone, Gripp 9-132, Rhoades 5-52, Hicks 1-7.