HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pa. (WTAJ) — Northern Bedford defeated Tussey Mountain 32-7 for the District 5 A championship.
Northern Bedford put themselves on the board first after a 10-yard run from senior Cadin Ebersole. The Panthers were unable to put up an extra point after a fumble on the snap, leading 6-0 with five minutes left in the first quarter.
Caleb Wright recovered a fumble from Tussey Mountain to wrap up the end of the first quarter. The Panthers capitalize on that drive in the second when Dalton Smith picked up two consecutive first downs, taking Northern Bedford down to the 25 and the 15.
Quarterback Thad Leidy threw a pass to Cadin Ebersole, and a personal foul against Tussey Mountain placed Northern Bedford at first and goal from the 5-yard line. Northern Bedford was stopped by a wall of Tussey Mountain defenders and was unable to make it into the endzone as the Titans took over from their own 3-yard line.
Tussey Mountain was unable to make it out of the red zone, punting to their own 40-yard line with 5:21 left in the first half. Northern Bedford started at 1st and 10 from the 35 after a penalty against the Titans.
Northern Bedford got themselves into a rut after two consecutive false starts. Leidy found Ebersole who made it to the 26 but was unable to secure that first down. Tussey Mountain took over with 1:30 left in the half.
Tussey Mountain ended up punting again after failing to make their way down the field. Northern Bedford ends up getting pushed back again after a holding call, but a pass from Leidy to Dalton Smith allows the Panthers to make it down to the Titans’ 21.
Leidy passed to Brooks Snyder to the 15 and then to Ebersole for a touchdown. The extra point was no good, extending Northern Bedford’s lead to 12-0.
In the third quarter, David Smith picks up a first down, followed by Colton Bishop on a quarterback keep. Kaden Lucko picked up the third consecutive first down for Tussey Mountain, wrapping it up by scoring on a two-yard run into the endzone. The extra point from Chad Morningstar was good to put Tussey Mountain on the board 12-7.
Northern Bedford answered back after a one-yard carry from Dalton Smith. They attempted a two-point conversion that was no good, leading 18-7 with 2:15 left in the third quarter.
In the fourth, Northern Bedford extended their lead even further after two successful scores from Brady Clark and Snyder.
“We have been out here working hard since summer. We didn’t know if we would for sure have a season because of COVID,” Ebersole said. “We came out here, performed well and came out on top.”