T-D HS Football

Bald Eagle Area hands reeling Ligonier Valley 4th straight loss

WINGATE — You couldn’t blame Ligonier Valley coach Roger Beitel if he thought he was seeing double here Friday night.
In a way, he was because Bald Eagle Area’s Greene brothers, twins Bryce and Bryan, combined for all six Eagle touchdowns in a 45-6 rout of the Rams, avenging a pair of losses at Ligonier Valley last season in the regular season and in the District 6 Class AA quarterfinals.
Bryce Greene was the bigger tormentor as he caught three touchdown passes from Jason Jones and tacked on a 71-yard punt return for a touchdown.
Bryan Greene, who is usually the bigger scorer of the two, had a 13-yard run from the quarterback position and later scooped up a fumble and returned it 39 yards for a score.
“They were just better than us tonight,’’ Beitel said of the Eagles. “I told our kids that sometimes the ball just doesn’t bounce your way. Tonight they made the big plays and we didn’t.”
The Eagles, a traditional I-formation team, turned to the wildcat with Bryan Greene taking the snaps instead of lining up at his usual wideout position.
The formation proved lethal as Greene carried five straight times for 50 yards, scoring from the 13 with 8:00 left in the first quarter.
Ligonier Valley answered with a 73-yard drive that was capped when Scott Fennell found Garrett Tobias in the back of the end zone, where he caught a tipped pass for the score at the 3:05. The PAT kick was no good, leaving the score at 7-6.
From there on it was all Bald Eagle Area.
The Eagles started their next scoring drive from their own 30 and after Greene ran for 10 yards he played pitch-and-catch with his brother for four straight completions and 32 yards, ran for 18 more and then, when the drive stalled, Tyler Schall kicked a 32-yard field goal with 8:45 left in the second quarter.
Bald Eagle Area added three touchdowns in the second quarter as Jones and Bryce Greene combined for a 50-yard score, then added a 25-yarder for another score at the 1:27 mark.
Ligonier Valley had to punt on its last possession of the half and Bryce Greene let the ball bounce once, scooped it up and bolted 71 yards down the right sideline for the score with :29 still showing on the clock.
Schall made it 31-6 at halftime.
In the second half Bryan Greene got his second score when he scooped up a fumble by Collin Smith and took it 39 yards for the score with 8:26 still to go in the third quarter.
Bald Eagle Area’s last score came with 3:02 left in the quarter when Jones, who finished the night completing eight of 13 passes for 198 yards and three touchdowns, found Bryce Greene alone in the back of the end zone.
Schall booted the final point of the game.
“Any time we can get the ball in either Bryce or Bryan (Greene’s) hands we have a chance to score,’’ said Bald Eagle Area coach Jack Tobias. “We have multiple playmakers. But we put Bryan in the wildcat because has has speed, he can throw and he makes good decisions. He and his brother both have speed and when we bring one in motion one way and then send the other way it spreads the defense out. Adding the wildcat gives our offense balance and gives the other team one more thing to think about.’’
With the win Bald Eagle Area is guaranteed a spot in the District 6-AA playoffs for the second straight season.
Ligonier Valley dropped its fourth straight decision after a
6-0 start.