Bethel Park cruises to win
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Offense, defense and special teams, Bethel Park used it all in a dominating first half against Plum on Friday night in the Quad Central opener for the teams.
The Black Hawks parlayed two punt returns and an interception return from senior Avery Dibble, a blocked punt return from senior Bryan Rock and two second-quarter scoring runs from junior Zachary Enick to lead 41-0 at halftime.
Bethel Park went on to score a 55-14 victory.
“We just couldn't get anything going on offense in the first half,” Plum coach Frank Sacco said. “They were more aggressive than us. You have to be strong in all three phases, and they took advantage of our special teams.”
Dibble didn't just give Plum fits on defense and special teams. He also caught four passes for 76 yards in the first half.
“(Dibble) is a great athlete,” Sacco said.
The 35-point mercy rule took affect at the start of the second-half.
“We have a young program, and it's nice to get our first conference win,” Bethel Park coach Jeff Metheny said.
After a scoreless third quarter, each team tallied two touchdowns in the final 12 minutes. Sophomores Nathan Turchick and Joe DeFelice scored on touchdown runs of 4 and 77 yards, respectively. Turchick's score capped a 13-play, 80-yard drive, and DeFelice finished with four carries for 82 yards.
Bethel Park sophomore Chiante Pryor accounted for both of his team's scores in the fourth. He returned a kickoff 100 yards and scampered 64 yards for another.
“We told them at halftime to not get down and to keep their heads up. We saw some good things in the second half,” Sacco said. “We just have to stay positive. It's a long season. We did some good things in the scrimmages, and now we have to get back to the basics.”
Mike Love is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at email@example.com or 412-388-5825.
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