Blue Devils look to get Hayes No. 300


Tierra Mahute

John Hayes has 299 career wins at B-A heading into tonight’s game.

Joe Padula, Sports Writer

After routing the Mount Union Trojans last week by a score of 35-16, Bellwood-Antis will turn its attention to its match up this week as they travel to Everett to take on the Warriors. Coach John Hayes looks for a milestone this week also, as he tries to obtain his 300th career win.

B-A made an adjustment to the starting line up three weeks ago,  moving Jake Burch, a two-year starter at quarterback, from quarterback to tailback, and placing junior Jarrett Taneyhill at the quarterback position, and that is undoubtedly the reason for the team’s turnaround.

Since the adjustment the team has tallied three straight victories and its offensive attack has been dominant. The twain of Burch and Taneyhill have flourished in there new roles for the Blue Devils.

Burch has been a dual threat for B-A’s offense his entire career, whether it was through the running game or the passing game. However, instead of throwing the passes Burch has transitioned nicely to his new role and has become a weapon for B-A by using his ability to catch the football.

Since the lineup change Burch has grabbed a total of nine passes, which translates into 174 yards and two touchdowns. Although impressive, his ability to run the ball is what stands out most. Throughout the past three games Burch has run for 247 yards on 37 carries, which is good for 6.7 yards per carry. Burch has also ran for seven touchdowns in that span.

In all, Burch has a combined 46 touches and 421 yards that is good for 9.2 yards per touch with a total nine touchdowns.”

In all, Burch has a combined 46 touches and 421 yards that is good for 9.2 yards per touch with a total nine touchdowns.

Taneyhill has been every bit as impressive at quarterback. Taneyhill has been solid each week starting under center for B-A.

Taneyhill has average 11.6 yards per attempt and has completed 65% of passes in his three games starting for the Blue Devils. He has a total of 465 yards in these three games along with two touchdowns with no interceptions.

Meanwhile on the defensive side of the ball the Blue Devils are averaging nearly two taekaways a game this season with a total of nine so far.

Junior Austin Desch has been a force for B-A. He is coming off of an impressive 17-tackle performance last week against Mount Union. Desch also leads the team with five tackles for loss, and is second on the team with a total of 42 tackles. Senior linebacker Jake McCualley leads the Blue Devils with 44 tackles.

The Everett Warriors enter tonight’s ICC gold conference battle looking for their first conference win (0-2) and look to bounce back from last week’s lost to West Branch by a score of 17-14.