Bellwood-Antis falls short at Juniata Valley



Nick Kost provided the bulk of B-A’s offense in its loss to Juniata Valley.

Caleb Beiswenger, Staff Writer

The Bellwood-Antis Blue Devils traveled to Juniata Valley to take on the Hornets.

Valley won the game 14-10, snapping B-A’s three-game winning streak.

Both teams started the game feeling each other out before Bellwood-Antis would be the first to score. Senior running back Nick Kost had a 4 yard rush to end out the first quarter. Bellwood-Antis had a strong run game in the first quarter with 46 rushing yards. The Blue Devils ended the first quarter with a 7-0 lead.

Juniata Valley was able to hold the Blue Devils at the start of the 2nd quarter. Andrew McMonagle was able to punch through the defense leading them to a touchdown with 1 minute left before the half balancing out the score. The Blue Devils responded quick with a fast drive down the field led by senior quarterback Gaven Ridgway setting up a 27 yard field goal by Nick Kost giving them the lead ending the half.

After a standstill 3rd quarter , with neither team not scoring, the Hornets scored with a 17 yard rushing touchdown from Mcmonagle putting them up 14-10. As the Blue Devils were driving down the field, Jacob Rodkey had what would be a game-ending interception in the middle of the 4th. The Juniata defense was able to hold the Blue Devils all quarter to seal the game.

After not scoring any points in the 2nd half, head coach Nick Lovrich said, “We had some nice plays, and something would happen where we would come up short on 3rd downs. As a coach you have a lot of things you can do, and something would happen that would throw it off a little. It’s one of those things that we are going to have to learn from our mistakes and get better.”

The Blue Devils are now 3-2 and will prepare to travel to Southern Huntingdon next week.

“Southern Huntingdon is a really good football team,” Lovrich said. “This year there is a silver and gold division in the I.C.C. Our goal of winning an I.C.C. championship is still there. We have to pull it together this week; hopefully everyone is healthy so we can have a good week of practice, and be ready for our biggest game of the season.”

Juniata Valley is now 3-2 and are traveling to Moshannon Valley for week 6.