Blue Devils rout Wildcats

Beallsville celebrated Senior Night by scoring early and often en route to a 48-6 thumping of Paden City Friday.

The Blue Devils put 34 points on the board in the opening quarter before taking their foot off the accelerator, as first-year boss Paul Kanzigg began substituting liberally prior to intermission.

The lopsided triumph kept the Blue Devils’ hopes for a .500 season alive. The 4-5 Blue will visit St. John Central a week from today in their finale.

Kanzigg has done a superb job of keeping his charges afloat as they are operating minus five starters. That is tough for any school, but could prove fatal for a school Beallsville’s size.

“Injuries are part of the game and you can never factor them in. But our younger kids have had to step up and they have,” Kanzigg noted. “We have only two players who have started all nine games on the defensive side of the ball.

“Before tonight (Kris) Palmer had only carried the ball twice, and he ran like a seasoned vet,” the affable coach continued. “I am proud of how these young men have held together.”

The catalyst for Beallsville’s onslaught was senior star Teryn Jarret. The 6-3, 175-pound four-year regular was nothing short of sensational under center in abbreviated duty. Jarrett completed 10-of-13 passes for 205 yards and three touchdowns. In the process, he surpassed the 2,000-yard mark for the season and has more than 6,000 yards for his career.

Jarrett, although brilliant, was no one-man wrecking crew.

Palmer, in his first extended duty as a running back, carried 10 times for 85 yards and a TD. Multi-talented Ricky Tubaugh, meanwhile, hauled in four passes for 90 yards and two TDs to go with a 37-yard punt return for a third six-pointer.

Beallsville’s defense was not left out of the scoring circus. Senior defensive lineman Kyle Groves pilfered a Paden City pass and returned in 18 yards for a TD.

“We wanted to get off to a good start and we definitely did. We threw the ball real well at the outset and it opened things up for the rushing attack,” Kanzigg said. “If we can get a win next week to go 5-5 and would be a nice achievement for all the adversity this team has had to deal with.”

Beallsville’s fast start took the form of a 63-yard, 10-play drive on the game’s initial possession. Jarrett speared Tubaugh from 15 yards out to ignite the scoring fest. Masson Campbell added the PAT.

On its next possession, Beallsville needed just one snap to again find paydirt as Jarrett located Derek Lucas on a 47-yard slant. Campbell again converted.

A Paden City punt returned the ball to Beallsville at its 41. Two snaps later, Jarrett and Tubaugh again teamed for a score, this one covering 41 yards. Campbell made it 21-0.

The final two Beallsville scores of the opening session came on Groves’ interception and Tubaugh’s punt return for a 34-0 lighting.

Paden City’s lone score came via an 88-yard gallop by sophomore Brandon Cross. He ended the night with 107 yards on the night.

The Wildcats dropped to 1-8, the lone triumph coming at the hands of Hundred. They will close out against Valley Friday.

Beallsville received sparkling defense efforts from a bevy of Devils. In addition to Groves and Tubaugh, Bruce Sefert was a tacklng machine while Robert Valentine, Dalton Secrest, Cody Mellott and Cole Susac were also defensive stickouts.