Shore Pulls Away from BEA
By BILL ALBRIGHT
Senior Writer for EasternPAFootball.com & WesternPAFootball.net
JERSEY SHORE — Thanks to Mother Nature, it was Monday Night Football at Thompson Street Stadium when Bald Eagle Area and Jersey Shore hooked up in their annual battle.
Although the two teams don’t play in the same conference and are from different PIAA districts, those facts didn’t keep the two teams from going toe-to-toe and battling each other for 48 minutes.
With the Shore hanging onto a 14-10 lead at the turn for home, the Bulldogs turned things on offensively down the stretch as they prevailed by a 28-10 final over the Eagles.
“I have been through a few games like that, but not too many, said Shore head coach Tom Gravish. “Those guys on the other side, Jesse (BEA head coach Nagle) are doing a great job up there. If they continue on that same path, they are going to do extremely well in the future. They are well-coached and well-disciplined and it reminded me of some of the good, old fashioned BEA football that I saw before. They have tough kids and they played hard, but we have some tough kids too. Give them credit because they did an outstanding job.”
While Gravish was happy with the win, BEA head coach Jesse Nagle felt that the game was one that might have gotten away from his players.
“Games like this one has sort of been our Mo-Jo,” said Nagle. “We have had games where we had opportunity after opportunity, but for some reason, just couldn’t turn the corner. Even in this game, up until midway through the fourth quarter, we were right there. We would get ourselves in a position to make a play, then they would make a play. It seems like I harp on it all the time, but when a kid is in position to make a play, he has to make the play. We (the coaches) can’t make the plays for them.”
The Eagles struck first and early in the game as after two plays only netted them four yards, running back Austin Young bolted up the “gut” for a 64-yard touchdown. With Blake Roberts’ PAT, it was BEA 7, Shore 0, less than two minutes into the game.
“There are little things offensively that we have to work on,” said Nagle. “We have to do things to score more. You can’t score on just the first drive and then that is it.”
With their backs pinned to the wall in the shadows of their own end zone, the Eagles surrendered a safety to cut their lead to 7-2.
Four minutes in the second period, Shore got its first of four touchdowns when quarterback Elijah Shemory hit tight end Tyler Smith for a 4-yard scoring strike, but the Eagles came right back, taking advantage of good field position with Blake Roberts splitting the uprights for a 32-yard field goal to give the Eagles a 10-8 lead at the break.
“We missed a couple of scoring opportunities in the first half that really hurt, but give them credit because they got the field goal to put them ahead at halftime, said Gravish.”
After three exchanges of possession to begin the third period, Shore took the lead for keeps when Shemory connected with Kevin Titus for a 5-yard scoring strike with 4:33 remaining before the turn for home.
With BEA unable to generate any consistent offensive punch for the final 16-plus minutes of the game, Shore gave itself some separation on a Shemory-to-Hunter Frantz TD connection covering 12 yards before sophomore running back Kyle Tomb capped his outstanding game when he bolted up the middle, untouched for 16 yards to set the final.
For the game, Tomb was the Shore workhorse as he carried the ball 30 times for 123 yards and the one score.
Normally putting a lot of balls in the air with its potent passing attack, Shemory only threw a half dozen passes in the first half with Tomb doing most of the leg work.
“We wanted to try to run the ball a little bit more,” said Gravish about the Bulldogs offensive approach in the first half. “We wanted to work on our run game and we are going to continue to work on that. We should get a few of our players back next week. It was a hard-fought game you have to give them (BEA) a lot of credit. I told our guys they are tough kids up there and that they would come here to play hard.”
Both teams will close out the regular season Friday night, Shore visiting Malinak Stadium for its battle with neighboring Central Mountain, while BEA will make the short trip across the Valley to Rogers Stadium for its annual fray with Bellefonte.
BEA 7 3 0 0 — 10
JS 2 6 6 14 — 28
BEA — Austin Young 64 run. (Blake Roberts kick) 10:31
JS — Team Safety
JS — Tyler Smith 4 pass from Elijah Shemory (kick failed) 8”43
BEA — Blake Roberts 32 FG. :10
JS — Kevin Titus 5 pass from Shemory (pass failed) 4:33.
JS — Hunter Frantz 12 pass from Shemory. (Cameron Griffin kick) 4:12
JS — Kyle Tomb 16 run. (Griffin kick) 2:10
Team Statistics BEA JS
First Downs 7 17
Rushes-Yards 22-78 42-129
Passing Yards 101 141
Passing 10-29-4 9-24-1
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 3-2
Penalties-Yards 12-105 9-90
BEA: Austin Young 4-60, 1 TD; Blake Roberts 10-14, Jordan Jones 2-10, Derek Henry 1-minu 2, Tanner Kresovich 5-minus 4.
JS: Kyle Tomb 30-123, 1 TD; Elijah Shemory 3-29, Max Mason 2-4, Chase Braim 3-minus 6, Christian Tawney 4-minus 21.
BEA: Jordan Jones 9-27, 88 yards, 3 interceptions; Tanner Kresovich 1-3, 13 yards, 1 interception.
JS: Elijah Shemory 9-24, 141 yards, 3 TDs, 1 interception.
BEA: Austin Young 2-41, Gage McClenahan 4-26, Matt Reese 2-21, Tanner Kresovich 2-13.
JS: Kevin Titus 3-54, 1 TD; Hunter Frantz 3-50, 1 TD; Austin Breon 2-33, Tyler Smith 1-4, 1 TD.
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