Blue Devils take down Mount Union


Morgan Kienzle

Andrew Nycum makes a tackle against Mount Union.

Caleb Beiswenger, Staff Writer

Friday night the Bellwood-Antis Blue Devils hosted the Mount Union Trojans on Homecoming night. The Blue Devils won the game 25-22 in a close one that came down to the very last play.

Senior running back Nick Kost was able to help carry the offensive load, toting the ball for 123 yards and 2 touchdowns. Although Bellwood-Antis only threw the ball 7 times, senior Gaven Ridgway was able to complete 5 passes for 74 yards.

Junior Jordan Hescox led the defense with an impressive 12 tackles. He also scored a touchdown in the second quarter to make it 13-7.

“It was a close one, but we worked together and persevered,” said Hescox.

The victory secured B-A’s grip on first place in the ICC Gold Division.

Kost’s second touchdown of the game in the third quarter gave the Devils an 18-7 lead, but the Trojans didn’t quit there. Bryce Danish got Mount Union back in the game with a touchdown pass on the next series. Cainen Atherton then picked off Ridgway and later scored on a 42-yard run to make it 22-18 in favor of the Trojans.

Gaven Ridgway put B-A ahead for good with 7:36 left in the fourth quarter and then Devils then held off two Mount Union drives that went inside the 20.

“I think we played really well,” said Head Coach Nick Lovrich. “Mount Union runs the option and that is a hard thing to stop, but we defended it well. There were a couple plays that hurt us which made the game a lot closer. Our kids showed a lot of resiliency towards the end of the game. It was a good confidence booster. Our past three games have been tough, all three teams that we have played will be in the postseason. That was a rough three game stretch but it was nice to come out with a win.” 

Bellwood-Antis is now 5-2 and will go to Moshannon Valley to take on the Black Knights. Moshannon Valley beat Curwensville 41-14. 

Mount Union is now 4-3 and will play West Branch.