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Belltown pulls last second TD in JVFL Liberty Bowl

LEWISTOWN – In arguably the most exciting back and forth contests of the Juniata Valley Football League Bowl games might have been Saturday nights prime time showdown that put the McVeytown Knights up against the spunky Belltown team in the Liberty Bowl.

One phrase both had during this contest was “Never give up!”

Neither did but it would be the Knights that would just run out of time.

With 18 ticks left in the ball game, Belltown’s Josiah Sechler blazed his way to a 10-yard TD score, ending the scoring and giving the Bobcats a 27-24 nail biting win.

Sechler finished the contest with over 150 yards rushing on the ground and three touch down in the victory.

Early on, McVeytown picked up the first touchdown in the game, taking a 6-0 advantage.

Belltown rallied to take a 7-6 lead.

The Bobcats upped their lead with 2:29 left in the first half when Sechler got the nod and the youngster blistered the Knights defense for a 60-yard run. With a successful PAT, Belltown held onto a 14-6 advantage going into the third quarter.

McVeytown got the ball to start the second half and went right to work.

It took only four plays for the Knights to cut into the lead when Wyatt Bowersox scampered for 54 yards and the touchdown, making it 14-12 in favor of Belltown.

After holding the Belltown offense at bay on the following possession, the Knights marched right back down the field.

On 1-10 on the 30, the Knights got the ball to Jake Morrison and he did not disappoint, scoring and giving his team an 18-14 advantage going into the final stanza.

Belltown rallied back and got the ball back to their main running back Sechler. Sechler rambled for 62 yards this time, putting the lead back in the Bobcats favor.

Minutes later, Bowersox put the Black and Red back in front when Bowersox plowed his way through the line for a 1-yard touchdown run, making it 24-20 with 1:58 left in the contest.

But there was too much time for the Knights to be secure about the victory.

With the game on the line, Belltown methodically took their offense down the field, setting up the 10-yard game-winning run by Sechler.

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