Two comebacks put Bermudian Springs in driver's seat
In a game that went down to the wire, the Bermudian Springs Eagles were able to hold off the Boiling Springs Bubblers in Week 2 of the YAIAA football season.
In the end, the Eagles were just able to make more plays when it mattered most and moved to 2-0 on the season with a 21-18 home victory.
Twice the Eagles overcame deficits as they were fueled by three long touchdown runs, two of which came in the second half.
“It was a gritty effort and it wasn’t perfect. We were down twice and answered both times," said Bermudian Springs head coach Jon DeFoe. "We were just fortunate we made a couple more plays than them and got a win.”
The Eagles used their high-powered rushing attack to fuel the win. By the end of the game they rushed the ball 43 times for 285 yards, led by fullback Ashton West’s 118 yards on 18 carries.
Wide receiver Devon Hodgen helped spread the Bubblers defense horizontally with runs on the outside, and ended with 76 yards on 11 carries. He also led the team with 35 receiving yards.
The Bubblers defense did a good job limiting the Eagles' passing attack, covering the passing lanes quarterback Chase Dull was looking for all night.
“He was unbelievable last week, I don’t think he missed a throw, and tonight he missed some," DeFoe said of his quarterback. "You’re gonna have nights like that. I just told him you gotta stay confident and keep slingin’ it.”
The Eagles defense struggled at times to control the Bubblers' balanced offensive attack, and gave up two big scoring plays. But they also came up with two key interceptions when their team needed it most.
The key to the game was controlling the line of scrimmage in the second half, as the Eagles started to execute up front.
“We talked all week that we gotta secure the line of scrimmage, they’re gonna crowd the line of scrimmage and bring a lot of guys," DeFoe said. "In the end it was grittiness and senior leadership.”
The Eagles will look to make it 3-0 next week as they travel to Shippensburg to take on the Greyhounds.
Boiling Springs_ 6_6_0_6 _—_18
Bermudian Springs _0_7_7_7_—_21
Boiling Springs — Jack Foreman 64 yard run (Kick blocked), 2:51.
Bermudian Springs— Ashton West 38 yard run (Noah Aeppli kick), 11:32.
Boiling Springs — Bryan Malone 9 yard run (2 point conversion no good), 1:51.
Bermudian Springs — Addison Wheeler 24 yard run (Aeppli kick), 5:35.
Boiling Springs — Tayven Kelley 84 yard pass from Evan Mancuso (2 point conversion no good), 8:48.
Bermudian Springs — Brenton Krebs 28 yard run (Aeppli kick),5:37.
_ BoS_ BeS
First downs _ 14_ 18
Rushes-yards _ 24-190_ 43-285
Passing _ 15-27-2_ 4-16-2
Passing yards _ 213_ 59
Total yards _ 403_ 344
Punts _ 5-22.4_ 5-22.8
Fumbles-lost _ 0-0_ 3-1
Penalties-yards _ 8-60_ 3-15
Rushing — BoS, B. Malone 18-113, J. Foreman 1-64, E. Mancuso 3-10, Darius Johnson 2-3. BeS, A. West 18-118, Devon Hudgen 11-76, A. Wheeler 7-32, B. Krebs 5-57, Chase Dull 2-2.
Passing — BoS- E.Mancuso 15-27-213-2 (INTs). BeS, C. Dull 4-16-59-2 (INTs).
Receiving — BoS- T. Kelley 1-84, Ben Caldwell 3-48, Jake Walker 4-35, B. Malone 4-20, Grayson Hacker 1-14, J. Foreman 2-12. BeS- D. Hudgen 2-35, Quinton Nace 1-13, Trevor Grim 1-11.