ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Blue Devil O-line


Zach Miller

The Bellwood-Antis offensive line has been the team’s unsung hero during its 8-0 start.

Jake Bollinger, Staff Writer

The Bellwood-Antis football team has been dominating offensively this year.  

Big names like Zach Mallon, Nick Plank, Troy Walker, and Trevor Miller get most of the credit when it comes to offensive yardage, but the biggest component when it comes to offensive success, especially the run, is the offensive line.

The Blue Devils ran for 477 yards in a 45-7 win against the Mount Union Trojans, and that’s the biggest reason the ENTIRE offensive line has been selected as this weeks BluePrint Athlete of the Week.

Last week’s game marked the second consecutive week in which the Devils ran for more than 400 yards, but the line is an area where players can often go unnoticed.

“Coach Lovrich does a great job in giving us compliments,” said senior Evan Pellegrine. “Our running backs do a great job giving us recognition in their interviews. I take a lot of pride in playing center on one of the best lines in the area.”

This year’s O-line was expected to be one of B-A’s strong suits, and the hard work has proven key in the team’s success. 

“It started in practice over the summer, and it started with how good our communication is as a line.  We don’t make many mistakes. We have all been playing together for a while and that’s why our relationship is so strong,” said Senior left tackle Jackson Boyer.

B-A has had quite the rushing attack, averaging 270 rushing yards a game and 7.3 yards per carry.

The Devils have a total of 2,165 rushing yards on the season, and there have been seven different times this season the Blue Devils have had a 100-yard rusher.

The offensive line has lead the Blue Devils to an 8-0 record, and will look to continue that throughout the season.