Beallsville hands Kanzigg first victory

Blue Devils’ fans weren’t expecting an 0-4 start. Not to mention first-year head coach Paul Kanzigg, his staff and players.

Yet, Beallsville entered Friday night’s road tilt at Frontier in search of victory number one.

While Big Blue had come up just short on previous occasions, the Blue Devils finally broke out in a big way at Beaverton.

Quarterback Teryn Jarrett passed for 290 yards and two scores and receiver Drew Tubaugh accounted for three TDs as Beallsville recorded a well-deserved 43-32 victory.

It was another high-scoring affair with Beallsville finally coming out on top. Now 1-4, the Devils again have their work cut out next Friday when unbeaten Shadyside invades the Monroe County school.

Junior Bruce Sefert tallied the first of a combined 11 touchdowns Friday, plowing over from one yard out as Big Blue went ahead 6-0.

Cougars’ ace Taylor Merkle answered, five ticks into the second period, scoring from the one for a 6-6 lockup.It took Beallsville less than a minute to regain the lead. Senior Gage Steele dashed 20 yards to the house. Freshman Mason Campbell came on to boot the PAT and Beallsville was a 13-6 leader.

Frontier, however, would tally the game’s next two six-pointers to pull ahead.

Merkle’s four-yard TD blast was followed by a 12-yard scoring run by quarterback Jordan Jefferson, sending the hosts in front 18-13.

But Beallsville would retaliate on consecutive Jarrett-to-Tubaugh scoring strikes covering 30 and four yards, respectively. Tubaugh and Mikey Palmer landed two-point conversion aerials as Big Blue took control.

When Sefert scored his second TD of the night – this time on a five-yard jaunt, Beallsville had extended its lead to 36-18.

Frontier’s Jefferson responded, firing a 71-yard scoring bomb to Eddy Salazar. Jefferson’s two-point keeper reduced the hosts’ deficit to 36-26.

On the first play of the final period, Merkle hauled in a 44-yard TD aerial from Jefferson and it was a 36-32 lighting.

Kanzigg’s club, though, was not backing down. Tubaugh took a handoff and scampered 10 yards to paydirt with 7:58 to play. Campbell’s conversion resulted in what would become the final score.

Jarrett’s aerial production included 23-of-36 completions with no interceptions. Tubaugh enjoyed a sensational night, making 11 grabs for 182 yards and two scores. Steele, Sefert and Tubaugh combined for 110 rushing stripes.

Frontier rolled for 301 infantry yards with Merkle going for a game-leading 105 via 16 carries.

Defensively, Beallsville junior tackle Dalton Secrest recorded 14 tackles, including a pair of quarterback sacks.

Frontier attempts to bounce back next Friday when the Cougars invade Fort Frye.