Tyrone defeats Bellwood 18-14 in “Back Yard Brawl” nail-biter

Key plays by Reader and Bakhsheshe seal the win for Tyrone


Carly Crofcheck

Tyrone and Bellwood captains await the coin toss

In one of the most exciting “Back Yard Brawls” in recent history, the Tyrone Golden Eagles defeated Bellwood Antis 18-14 at Grey Memorial Field.

In fitting fashion for this intense rivalry, the game came down to the final play. With Tyrone leading 18-14 and only six seconds left, Bellwood had the ball on the Tyrone six yard line.

As Blue Devil quaterback Jake Burch rolled out to his right, looking to the end zone, he met Tyrone defensive end Richard Reader.  Reader sacked Burch on the final play of the game to secure the win for Tyrone.

“The second I took down the quarterback I knew it was all over.  It was an amazing feeling,” said Reader, “that last drive the whole defense knew what had to be done to win the game. We all had to do our job and go 100%. It came down to who was better conditioned.”

The second I took down the quarterback I knew it was all over. It was an amazing feeling”

— Defensive end Ricky Reader

The game began much differently for the widely favored Eagles.  By capitalizing on two Golden Eagle turnovers, the Blue Devils grabbed the early lead.

Early in the first quarter,  Bellwood quarterback Jake Burch tossed an 80 yard touchdown bomb to Kyler Lardieri for their first score.  In the second, Bellwood running back Cameron Wood scampered in the end zone from 3 yards out, for the second resulting in a 14-0 Bellwood lead.

However, Tyrone showed some life right before halftime.  Senior quarterback Garrett Hunter connected with senior wide receiver Cameron Bakhsheshe on a 20 yard touchdown pass. The extra point attempt was no good, making the halftime score 14-6 Bellwood.

In the third quarter, with the game still 14-6, Bellwood was threating to take a commanding 21-6 lead when Cameron Bakhsheshe grabbed a momentum shifting interception in Tyrone’s own end zone.

The interception set up a 95 yard drive by the Golden Eagle offense, resulting in a Aleic Hunter touchdown from 5 yards out.

Midway through the fourth quarter, with the score still 14-12 in favor of Bellwood, first year Head Coach Jason Wilson faced a huge decision on a fourth and four in Tyrone territory.  Rather then going for it on fourth down, Wilson decided to trust his defense and punt the football.

Tyrone junior Richard Reader responded with a booming 63 yard punt that pinned Bellwood at their own 4 yard line.

With that punt, the Golden Eagles defense wouldn’t be denied. They stopped the Bellwood offense on a three and out, forcing a punt.  That set the Eagles up with great field position for the game winning drive.

On a crucial third-and-eight near mid-field, quarterback Garrett Hunter found Senior Nick Getz deep down field for a 41 yard gain, to the 2 yard line. Two plays later, Garrett Hunter scored on a quarterback sneak, giving the Golden Eagles the 18-14 lead, which they would hold for the duration of the contest.


Game Statistics

Bellwood-Antis  7 7 0 0 – 14

Tyrone  0 6 0 12 – 18

First quarter

BA-Lardieri 80 pass from Burch (Creppage kick), 2:05.

Second quarter

BA-Wood 3 run (Creppage kick), 9:29.

T-Bakhsheshe 20 pass from G. Hunter (kick failed), 2:08.

Fourth quarter

T-A. Hunter 5 run (pass failed), 10:59.

T-G. Hunter 1 run (pass failed), 3:45.


RUSHING: Bellwood-Antis-Lardieri 3-45, McMillan 9-27, Wood 12-20, Burch 10-11, Mock 1-(-7). Tyrone-A. Hunter 24-151, Sleeth 6-20, G. Hunter 9-(-10).

PASSING: Bellwood-Antis-Burch 9-15-1-159, Lardieri 1-1-0-(-4), TEAM 0-1-0-0. Tyrone-G. Hunter 9-16-1-130.

RECEIVING: Bellwood-Antis-Lardieri 3-94, Miller 3-47, Wood 2-10, Taylor 1-8, Brunner 1(-4). Tyrone-Getz 5-80, Bakhsheshe 1-20, Crawford 1-19, A. Hunter 1-7, Sleeth 1-4.

INTERCEPTIONS: Bellwood-Antis-Lardieri. Tyrone-Bakhsheshe.


First downs  BA – 13  T – 17

Rushes-yards BA – 35-96  T – 39-161

Passing (comp.-att.-int.)BA – 10-17-1 T – 9-16-1

Yards passing BA – 155 T – 130

Total yards BA – 251 T – 291

Fumbles-lost BA – 1-1 T – 3-1

Penalties-yards BA – 6-55 BA – 6-68

Punts-avg. BA – 4-31.7 T – 2-47