Knights come to town for Homecoming


Zach Miller

Zach Mallon and the Blue Devils are ready for their Homecoming game against Moshannon Valley.

Homecoming will be in the air tonight in Bellwood as the 4-0 Blue Devils host the  1-3 Black Nights of Moshannon Valley.

Bellwood, coming of a 40-point win against Everett, look to keep their strong season in full throttle, while the Black Nights look to rebound after last week’s 30-0 loss against Claysburg-Kimmel.

“We had a good week of practice.  Our guys have been very focused on the task at hand this week,” said B-A coach Nick Lovrich.  “Mo Valley’s tailback has had a big year so far so we want to make sure that we can keep him contained.  Our goal is to play better than we did last week, just like it is every week.  It will take a total team effort to make that happen.”

For the Blue Devils last week, senior quarterback Trevor Miller threw for 99 yard on 5-of-8 attempts while also giving up an interception. The primary running backs for the Devils ran for a total of 147 yards on 20 combined attempts while putting up 3 touchdowns. Zach Mallon was the team leader with 100 yards on 10 carries, bringing his per-game average to nearly 100 yards.

Receivers Troy Walker and Ty Noonan together put up 83 yards on 4 completions.

Not to be overshadowed by the offense, the Devils defensive line, led by seniors Evan Pellegrine, Jackson Boyer, and Masesen Eaken, were the cause of 5 Warrior fumbles.

It was the second shutout of the season for B-A’s defense, which dominated the Warriors in every way imaginable, holding them to minus-3 yards rushing and 28 total.

Bouncing over to Moshannon Valley, sophomore Ethan Webb couldn’t complete any of his 3 pass attempts a week ago. Rushing for the Knights was senior Joseph Bacher who ran for 49 yards on 22 carries.

Valley has struggled to move the ball through the air this season, with two quarterbacks combining for fewer than 100 yards.

Bacher has been a workhorse for the Knights. He ran for more than 300 yards in each of their first two games against West Branch and Southern Huntingdon. He has 755 yards this season.

All eyes are set for Friday whether it be on the Homecoming Court or the game – Bellwood will be where you want to be.