Look Ahead: Philipsburg Edition


After a gritty 27-20 win over the Penns Valley Rams, the Tyrone Golden Eagles sit perfect at 4-0 and will look to keep it that way this Friday against the Philipsburg-Osceola Mounties (1-3).

Philipsburg’s only win was against the 0-5 Huntingdon Bearcats.  They have lost to the Central Dragons (5-0), Clearfield Bison (2-1), and Bald Eagle Eagles (2-2).

Regardless of their record, Philipsburg always plays their opponents tough and makes them work for the win. If Tyrone wants to stay undefeated, the Golden Eagles must bring their A-game.

Tyrone has not lost to the Mounties in the last 17 years and hopes to keep the streak alive.

Through its first four games, Penns Valley’s offense has been one dimensional, relying almost exclesively on the run.

Against Bald Eagle, Mounties quarterback Ryan Whitehead threw for only 3 completions on 12 attempts and one interception.

On the ground, Philipsburg rushed for 123 yards on 34 carries, averaging 3.6 yards per carry using a spread of ball carriers.

The Mounties’ only touchdown came off of an interception turned into a score against the Eagles offense. Philipsburg ended up suffering their third loss with a score of 28-6.

The Golden Eagles are preparing for a team that wants to run the ball and march down the field to score.

To prevent this, Tyrone must have a great game from their defensive lineman and linebackers. If the Golden Eagles can shut down the run all game and contain the Mounties quarterback, this game could be all Tyrone.

The offensive keys for Tyrone would be the linemen creating holes for Tommy Hicks and Corrie Beck to slip through and also providing enough time for Brandon Lucas to make connections to the receivers in the passing game for big plays.

If Tyrone can clinch the win on Friday, the Golden Eagles would finish the regular season at a perfect 5-0 record and also host their first playoff game at Grey Field.

Friday night’s winner will be the team who attacks faster, hits harder, and makes the plays when they need to. Expect a physical game determined by the defensive front for both teams.

Tyrone will be streaming the game via the Eagle Eye website and will also be selling at least 200 tickets to the general public, along with four tickets per Golden Eagle player and two tickets for the Mountie players. Homecoming festivities begins at 6:30 and kickoff is at 7 pm.