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Blazing their way to the post season, BEA dominates Penn Cambria

By Kenny Varner

WINGATE – In a battle of 8-1 teams, the Bald Eagle Area football team made sure they would enter the post season stretch in style as they dominated Penn Cambria in a Laurel Highlands week 10 contest.

In the end, the Eagles had a total team effort in the  46-0 victory.

“I was really proud of the kids. They played hard. We got tested there after Clearfield. I challenged the kids and I thought they responded,” said Bald Eagle Area coach Jesse Nagle. “It’s a new season now. Nothing matters now. Everybody is 0-0 and I told them that it’s very important to get everybody all in. Everybody has to be on and ready to go.”

Offensively, the Eagles offensive line controlled the line of scrimmage and kept their quarterback Carson Nagle upright, allowing only a first quarter sack.

The running game was able to open the air waves the Bald Eagle, pounding out 21-first half points Cam Dubbs led the ground and pound game with 71 yards in the first half while teammates Cam Watkins and Nic Wible added a 25-yard and

a 27-yard first half effort.

Defensively, the Eagles led by Eric Clark’s three sacks, put the Panthers quarterback down four times and two fall downs by Penn Cambria’s quarterback Brady Jones. Jones finished the first half going for 7-for-11 for 45 yards.

Dominantly, the Eagles did not allow the Panthers a positive showing in the ground game, holding them to -18.

The punt return team got into the act as well, not allowing any lengthy returns by Penn Cambria, posting hits almost immediately after their opponents touched the ball.

Bald Eagle got the scoring started midway through the opening stanza when quarterback Carson Nagle lifted a 50-yard TD pass to Beau Taylor. With the Kaden Burns Kick at 7:06, the Eagles were on their way.

In the Second Quarter, the Eagles were able to score twice to extend their lead going into the intermission.

On the ground, Nagle handed off the ball to Kahale Burns who muscled his way in from 8-yards out for the  TD run. Another Burns kick extended it to 14 at 10:39.

Rounding out the first half scoring was Cam Dubbs with a 15-yard run at 5:33, made it a 21-0 shut out, going into halftime.

Coming out of the intermission, the Eagles continued its domination as it found its way back into the scoreboard after holding the Panthers to a 3-and-out.

One play later, the Eagles were back on the scoreboard.

Nagle took the first play from scrimmage and launched it to Gavin Burns for a 59-yard touchdown hook up. Nagle finished with 172-yards passing.

Bald Eagle’s defense continued to dominate the contest, forcing the once beaten Panthers out of their comfort zone rushing the plays.

Holding a 27-0 advantage, things continued to click offensively as the Eagles were able to spread out the scorers.

This time Nicholas Wible would get the nod as he rumbled through the line of scrimmage and blazed his way through the secondary for the 31-yard touchdown scamper.

Bald Eagle’s defense got in the act in the final minute of the third.

Kollin Cunningham picked off a Panthers pass resulting in 35-yard interception return, with 1:39 left in the third.

With the game now in mercy rule, the Eagles added a late touchdown to put the finishing touches of game.

Back up quarterback Kaleb Irion passed a 66-yard TD to  Gavin Brooks, with just 1:08 left.

Now it’s waiting time as the Eagles wait to see who will be in their next opponent for the opening round of District 6 postseason.

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