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Huntingdon Spoils Senior Night; Ends Eagles Season

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The Tyrone Golden Eagles football team suffered a final heartbreaking defeat on senior night 38-12, ending their season on a six-game slide after opening the season 4-0.

The loss also ended the Golden Eagles run of consecutive playoff appearances at 24 years.

“[Huntingdon] made a lot of big plays on special teams,” said Tyrone head coach Jason Wilson. “Penalties also hurt us in several situations. But, I still thought we played tough.”

The game started out well for the Eagles. Senior running back Zac Albright opened the scoring after a mostly dormant first quarter between both teams. Albright broke an 86 yard run with 38 seconds left in the quarter, taking a 6-0 lead after a missed extra point.

[Huntingdon] made a lot of big plays on special teams. Penalties also hurt us in several situations. But, I still thought we played tough”

— Head Coach Jason Wilson

However, the Eagle’s celebration didn’t last long. Huntingdon soon struck on a big play, an 80-yard touchdown pass from Andrew Hudy to Jacob Wagner with 8:07 left in the half. Huntington also missed their extra point so the game remained tied 6-6.

Less than two minutes after their game-tying touchdown Huntingdon made the first of several big special teams plays, Jacob Wagner fielded a Tyrone punt and returned it 47 yards for a touchdown for a 12-6 Huntingdon lead with 6:28 left in the half.

Then with 2 minutes left in the half, Tyrone looked to flip the field with a punt, but the punt was blocked setting Huntingdon up for another score. The blocked punt ended up being huge because with 1:52 left in the half the Bearcats broke a 27-yard run taking a 19-6 lead.

Tyrone was unable to do anything with the little time remaining in the half, so at the half Huntington held a commanding 19-6 lead.

Huntingdon came out with all cylinders firing in the second half as they kept the pedal down against the Golden Eagles. Huntington added to their lead at the end of the third quarter as they scored on a =n Andrew Hurdy 5-yard run, taking a 25-6 lead with 1:37 left in the quarter.

Tyrone started out the fourth quarter looking to make some sort of comeback as they began the fourth quarter strong as Denver Light connected with Tommy Hicks cutting Huntingdon’s lead to 19-12 after a failed two-point conversion with 8:16 left in the game.

Huntingdon was not about to let that lead slip away as they responded immediately scoring on an Andrew Hudy 1 yard run taking a 31-12 lead with 4:13 left in the game after a missed extra point.

After another stalled Tyrone drive, the Bearcats delivered the final blow as running back Andrew Finkle powered through the Tyrone defense on a 42 yard run taking a 38-12 lead after the Huntington kicker drilled the extra point.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Huntingdon 0 19 6 13 — 38

Tyrone 6 0 0 6 — 12

First Quarter

Tyrone–Albright 86 run (kick failed), :38.5.

Second Quarter

Huntingdon–Wagner 80 pass from Hudy (kick failed), 8:07.

Huntingdon–Wagner 47 punt return (kick failed), 6:28.

Huntingdon–Finkle 27 run (Scaccia kick), 1:52.

Third Quarter

Huntingdon–Hudy 5 run (run failed), 1:37.

Fourth Quarter

Tyrone–HIcks 10 run (pass failed), 8:16.

Huntingdon–Hudy 1 run (kick failed), 4:13.

Huntingdon–Finkle 42 run (Scaccia kick), 2:50.

TEAM STATISTICS 

First downs

Huntingdon 11

Tyrone 10

Total yards

Huntingdon 355

Tyrone 230

Rushes-yards

Huntingdon 39-172

Tyrone 30-139

Yards passing

Huntingdon 183

Tyrone 91

Passing (comp.-att.-int.)

Huntingdon 9-18-1

Tyrone 7-24-2

Punts-avg.

Huntingdon 6-37

Tyrone 7-35

Fumbles-lost

Huntingdon 2-1

Tyrone 1-1

Penalties-yards

Huntingdon 6-66

Tyrone 12-108

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING

Huntingdon, Finkle 12-94, Hudy 8-28, Kocik 4-7, Wagner 1-6, Zook 3-3, Fultz 1-2 TEAM 1(-1)

Tyrone, Albright 21-142, Hicks 4-29, Light 12-20, TEAM 2-(-19).

PASSING

Huntingdon, Hudy 9-18-1-183.

Tyrone, Light 7-24-2-91.

RECEIVING

Huntingdon, Wagner 3-91, Miller 2-63, Zook 2-17, Fultz 1-15.

Tyrone, Reader 2-36, Gripp 2-18, Homan 1-21, Hicks 1-10, Lehman 1-6.

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