Mount Union poses a real threat to B-A

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Mount Union poses a real threat to B-A

Shawn Wolfe and company will have their hands full tonight against Mount Union.

Shawn Wolfe and company will have their hands full tonight against Mount Union.

Ali Wagner

Shawn Wolfe and company will have their hands full tonight against Mount Union.

Ali Wagner

Ali Wagner

Shawn Wolfe and company will have their hands full tonight against Mount Union.


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It has been a while since Bellwood-Antis has been forced to be as focused and as dialed in as the Devils will have to be tonight on the road against Mount Union.

After defeating Tyrone 13-10 in overtime of the Backyard Brawl in Week 1, the Devils went on a spree that could easily lull a team to sleep. Only one of their next four opponents has been able to keep itself above .500 at the Week 8 mark, and the results have been what you might expect: only one team has kept the Devils from scoring at least 42 points in that time, which has allowed them to build a 7-0 record (6-0 ICC).

The path for Mount Union has not been much different, though, and now the two conference front-runners will square off with the inside track to an ICC championship on the line.

The Trojans dropped their first game to county rival Huntingdon 57-0, and while that might sound bad, those types of beatings have been a regular occurrence this season for the unbeaten Bearcats. Since then Mount Union has reeled off six in a row, and like B-A only one team has managed to keep the Trojans under 40.

Daunte Martin, who ran for 328 yards and seven touchdowns last week in the first quarter against Everett, leads the club with more than 1,100 yards.”

Mount Union comes into the contest with as strong a rushing game as Bellwood has seen this season. Daunte Martin, who ran for 328 yards and seven touchdowns last week in the first quarter against Everett, leads the club with more than 1,100 yards. Quarterback Quinton Posey is next with 324 yards, and the Trojans as a team have accumulated more than 1,800 yards on the ground.

As a passer Posey is dangerous, as well, completing 43 of 73 passes for 589 yards.

B-A will have to find a way to contain that duo. B-A’s defense has been good, allowing just over 10 points a game, but the numbers are relative to the competition they have faced. It has been a big-play defense that has produced 37 stops behind the line of scrimmage, 11 sacks and 10 takeaways.  Linebackers Thor Schmittle and Eric Morder make it strong against the run up the middle, and their ability to run to the ball will challenge Martin.

On offense, quarterback Shawn Wolfe, with more than 1,000 total yards (667 passing, 377 rushing) leads a unit averaging 40 points per game. B-A is nearing 2,000 rushing yards already, with Schmittle (572 yards), Morder (292 yards), Nick Watters (363 yards) and Wolfe making the Devils diverse and tough to defend.

The game begins a meat-grinder conclusion to the regular season for B-A, which next week takes on 6-1 Southern Huntingdon before closing with 6-1 Northern Bedford.

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