Blue Devils fall to Bald Eagle in quarterfinals, 45-19


Morgan Kienzle

Gaven Ridgway scores on a pass from Holden Schreier in Bellwood’s 45-19 loss to Bald Eagle Area in the playoffs.

Caleb Beiswenger, Staff Writer

Bald Eagle hosted Bellwood-Antis in the first round of the District 6 2A playoffs Friday in Wingate. Bald Eagle was 7-3 coming off a 19-0 win over Purchase Line entering the game, while Bellwood-Antis was sitting at a 6-4 record coming off a 42-0 loss to Penns Valley.

The game started out promising for the Eagles, with a touchdown on a 28-yard deep pass from sophomore Carson Nagle to Camron Watkins to give BEA the lead.

The Eagles defense held Bellwood-Antis forcing them to punt multiple times in the first half.

Nagle completed another deep pass to junior Kahale Burns on a 45-yard pass resulting in another Bald Eagle touchdown in the first quarter.

The Blue Devils responded quickly with a long 63-yard pass from senior Gaven Ridgway to get sophomore Griffin Kyle racing down the sideline for a  touchdown.

Bald Eagle came back with 2 more touchdowns, including a 7-yard rushing touchdown from Cameron Dubbs.

Ridgway was only able to complete one pass in the first half, while Nagle threw the ball for over a 100 yards and 3 passing touchdowns in the first half.

Bald Eagle led the game 28-7 at the half.

The Eagles didn’t miss a step, in the third quarter. After shutting down the Blue Devils and setting up with good field position, they were able to score once again. The touchdown was a deep 48-yard pass from Nagle to Camron Watkins.

The Blue Devils made some changes after half, putting sophomore Holden Schrier at quarterback. After a game where Bellwood could have simply given up and called it a night, the underclassmen didn’t. Schreier, on his first pass of the game, had Ridgway open and completed it for a 65-yard touchdown.

“They were a very good team, but at halftime our guys could’ve backed down but we had guys step up and make some big plays,” said B-A coach Nick Lovrich.

The Blue Devil’s defense had a forced fumble on the one yard line where Caden Pelligrine scooped it up and ran it back to the Bald Eagle 25.

Schrier once again found the endzone, this time on a 14 yard scramble.

For BEA Nagle completed the night with 6 passing touchdowns and the Bald Eagle defense came up with 3 interceptions, all by Senior Mikey Snyder.

Bald Eagle will move on to the second round of the playoffs.

“Our team played well offensively, but our defense was very uncharacteristic of us. We will have to get better for Penns Valley next week,” stated Bald Eagle head coach Jesse Nagle.