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Written by: PFN Staff on Saturday, October 23rd, 2021
Special contributor Kerry Naylor
Tyrone’s first offensive series against Hollidaysburg last night at Golden Tigers Stadium was about as close to perfection as the Eagles could have hoped for.
The march lasted 14 plays and went 80 yards, with Tyrone converting twice one third downs and sprinkling in just enough running plays to open up the pass. In his second varsity start, freshman Ashton Walk went 7-for-10, including a 9-yard scoring strike to Cortlynd Rhoades to cap a five-minute advance and put the Golden Eagles ahead 6-0.
But the problem for Tyrone was it was going to take multiple perfect drives to keep pace with the faster and more athletic Tigers. The Eagles would have had to replicate that same precision each time it got the football, eating up both yards and clock in similar fashion in hopes of keeping Hollidaysburg’s abundantly talented offense off the field.
It was an uphill battle the Eagles weren’t equipped to fight, and when their precision faltered in the second quarter the Tigers were more than capable of taking advantage, again and again.
Hollidaysburg scored 28 unanswered points over the final 11 minutes of the first half, capitalizing on Tyrone errors on special teams to build a big lead. The Tigers went on to win 44-21, in the process evening their record at 4-4.
“They dominated us at the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, and that’s the key,” said Tyrone coach John Franco, whose team saw its modest two-game winning streak snapped. “We had trouble running the ball all night. You can only throw every play so much.”…………………………………………………
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