Growing Pains: Tyrone Falls to BEA Late

Tyrone had a field day on defense, but their offense couldn’t get out of its own way as they fell short to Bald Eagle Area on Friday, 15-9.

Tyrone’s defense had six sacks, forced two turnovers, and held Bald Eagle to only 159 total yards of offense.

It was the entire offense that was to blame. Linemen missed their blocks. Balls were overthrown, and interceptions were thrown. Running backs fumbled and receivers couldn’t catch. If we can stop shooting ourselves in the foot, then we are going to be good”

— TAHS junior Curtis Wise

However, even with the opportunities the defense provided, Tyrone just couldn’t get the ball rolling on offense and finished the game with only 87 yards in total offense.

But even with the lack of offense, Tyrone went into the fourth quarter with a 9-7 lead, but a BEA TD early in the fourth was all the Bald Eagles would need to defeat Tyrone.

The game started with a BEA fumble on the first offensive play from scrimmage. Tyrone junior Ross Gampe recovered it, giving Tyrone great field position at the BEA 20-yard line.

On Tyrone’s first offensive play following the fumble, senior quarterback Keegan Gwinn connected with senior running back Corrie Beck for a 21-yard catch and run, giving Tyrone a quick 7-0 lead.

But Tyrone had three turnovers of their own throughout the game, one of which resulted in a Bald Eagle touchdown.

BEA’s Gavin Eckley had a 75-yard pick-six to tie the game and made the score 7-7 going into the second quarter.

Neither offense could get much going in the first half. Both teams would try and fail to get a field goal.

The next points came from the Tyrone defense when Gampe sacked the BEA quarterback for a safety putting the game at 9-7.

BEA would take their first lead of the game at the start of the fourth quarter on a 1-yard run by Gavin Burns. They would also score the 2-point conversion putting the game 15-9.

The Tyrone offense stalled out the rest of the game. Tyrone only mustered 66 yards of offense after the one-play first touchdown drive of the game.

A lot of the blame could go to the Golden Eagles’ young offensive line, which had a lot of missing players throughout the last few weeks, but the loss can’t completely fall on their shoulders – the offense was not clicking in any phase of the game.

“Linemen missed their blocks. Balls were overthrown, and interceptions were thrown. Running backs fumbled and receivers couldn’t catch. If we can stop shooting ourselves in the foot, then we are going to be good,” said junior Curtis Wise.

Tyrone has been doing well on defense and special teams, now it all comes down to getting the offense together.

This game put Bald Eagle at (5-1) and Tyrone at (2-4). Tyrone hopes to stay in the playoff race by beating Penns Valley at home this Friday.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Bald Eagle Area 7 0 0 8 — 15

Tyrone 7 0 2 0 — 9

First Quarter

T–Beck 21 pass from Gwinn (Gwinn kick), 11:42

BEA–Eckley 75 interception return (Kad. Burns kick), 3:00

Third Quarter

T–Safety, Gampe sacks Nagle in the end zone, 7:55

Fourth Quarter

BEA–G. Burns 1 run (G. Burns run), 11:55

TEAM STATISTICS 

First downs

BEA: 12

Tyrone: 6

Total yards

BEA: 159

Tyrone: 87

Rushes-yards

BEA: 41-56

Tyrone: 20-18

Yards passing

BEA: 103

Tyrone: 69

Passing (comp.-att.-int)

BEA: 11-18-1

Tyrone: 8-25-2

Punts-avg.

BEA: 6-33

Tyrone: 7-36

Fumbles-lost

BEA: 4-1

Tyrone: 1-1

Penalties-yards

BEA: 2-18

Tyrone: 5-21

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING

Bald Eagle Area, G. Burns 28-116, Kah. Burns 1-3, Eckley 2-1, Thompson 1-0, TEAM 2-(-10), Nagle 7-(-54).

Tyrone, A. Walk 4-11, Gwinn 2-4, Miller 1-3, Gampe 2-2, Beck 2-1, Ronan 9-(-3).

PASSING

Bald Eagle Area, Nagle 10-17-1-98, G. Burns 1-1-0-5.

Tyrone, Gwinn 7-18-2-64, A. Walk 1-7-0-5.

RECEIVING

Bald Eagle Area, Splain 2-40, Eckley 3-30, Watkins 4-24, Kah. Burns 1-8, G. Burns 1-1.

Tyrone, Beck 3-33, Rhoades 2-14, Smith 1-9, Gampe 1-8, Ronan 1-5.