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Jersey Shore turns in big third quarter to pull away from BEA (Jeff Jodon Gallery)

Written by: on Saturday, October 23rd, 2021


Brady Jordan had a heck of a game

Holding on to a 13-2 lead, helped by two 32 yard field goals from Breck Miller, the Bulldogs offense needed a spark. They got one thanks to a 67 yard td run from quarterback Brady Jordan on their second possession of the third quarter. Jersey Shore scored five times while running just 14 offensive plays, one of them a pick 6 by Nick Canellos midway through the fourth quarter to make it a 48-2 lead, within the first 14 minutes of the second quarter to pull away from Bald Eagle Area for a 48-5 win in Wingate.

“I have tons of respect for them, I hope they win a district championship and play for a state championship. My Alma Mater, I root for them every week except one. Jesse (Nagle) and those guys are a class group and they have a great system and players” said Jersey Shore head coach Tom Gravish.

The scoring didn’t really begin until the second quarter when Miller hit his first field goal with 11 minute left in the half. Then on the ensuing BEA drive, Hess stepped in front of a Carson Nagle pass for his first of two interceptions of the night. It took 8 plays with the Bulldogs going backwards thanks to penalties and a couple sacks, but Jordan kept his composure, the Bulldogs got a fourth down conversion and Jordan found the endzone on a nine yard run. The kick after was true to give Shore a 10-0 lead with 6:23 left in the half.

The Eagle moved the ball on their next possession, but Hess picked off another Nagle pass and landed at the Bulldogs one.  The interception would lead to the only points BEA would score until a 31 yard field goal with seconds remaining in the game.  The BEA defense stuffed the Shore running back in the endzone for a safety. Bald Eagle punted after the free kick and Shore drove to the 15 but ran out of time and settled for the second Miller field goal after Jordan nearly completed a td pass that just missed the mark to take a 13-2 lead into the break.

“We knew coming in that they’re a nice team. I mean, we missed some opportunities. If they catch that td pass and we get the two that we missed on it’s 14-14 at the half. I thought we played really well but no excuses. Hat’s off to them, they’re a good football team” said BEA head coach Jesse Nagle. “They brought 7, some times 8 guys. We knew they were gonna come after us and they did. They got players.”

The BEA defense, a force most of the night, held the Bulldogs on the first possession of the third quarter but they were unable to move them ball themselves and punted to the Jersey Shore 30. That’s when the Bulldog offence woke up. It took just 2 plays, a four yard run from Kooper Peacock, then a 67 yard dash by Jordan on a keeper, for Shore to hit the endzone.

The Shore defense stiffened, and another big play put the Bulldogs up 27-2 when Jordan hit Connor Griffin for a 77 yard td. Jersey Shore got their third interception of the night when Brady Jordan picked off Nagle ran it back to the 48 of Bald Eagle. Again, just two plays, and the Bulldogs were in the endzone again. This time it was a 40 yard run by Hayden Packer.


Elijah Jordan closed out the offensive scoring for the Bulldogs with a 15 yard run following a fumble by BEA. “I was proud of the way my team rebounded late in the second quarter. We just have to emphasize we have to play together, one team-one heartbeat we feel that in 48 minutes we can beat anybody” said Gravish

Jersey Shore improves to 9-0 and will face rival Central Mountain at home next Friday. Bald Eagle’s final opponent is uncertain as Bradford has hinted at not playing the final game of the year.


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