BVA blasts Derry, 18-7 |

BVA blasts Derry, 18-7

ROSTRAVER — Friday night Belle Vernon Area (3-2) walked away with an 18-7 win over visiting Derry Area (0-5) on Homecoming night at James Weir Stadium.

At the end of 24 minutes of play the scoreboard read 18-0 in favor of the Leopards, but the second half would be another story.

The Leopards came out on fire against the Trojans Friday night as they scored early and often throughout the fist half.

Junior quarterback Anthony Mavrikas got his second start and did not disappoint as he combined for 101 yards of total offense in the first half.

“I knew we had to come out and set the tone early against Derry after our setback last week to Hampton,” said Mavrikas. “I knew that if we played well early it was going to be difficult for Derry to come into our house and knock us off.”

Mavrikas started the scoring for the Leopards on their second possession as he capped off an eight-play, 82-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown and an early 6-0 lead.

The next drive ended in the same result, but with a different Leopard taking the ball over the goal line. Anthony Guerra plowed 1 yard for the touchdown and a 12-0 BVA lead.

Mavrikas guided BVA down the field with less than a minute for a five-yard touchdown and an 18-0 halftime lead.

“Last week was Anthony’s first start for us,” added Jesse Cramer. “I could tell before the game that he was much more comfortable. As the game went on he only got more confident with himself.”

The Leopards dominated the first half statistically as they collected 209 yards of total offense.

“Our line played exceptional in the first half,” added Cramer. “We pretty much had our way with them in the first half.”

But in the second half Jesse Cramer and his staff would not be saying the same thing.

In the second half Belle Vernon collected only three first downs compared to 12 in the first half.

The Trojans collected 148 yards of total offense, much coming by way of the air attack.

“The first half was a little different for us. We did a lot of experimenting in the second half due to a few injuries we suffered,” Cramer remarked.

The first drive of the second half saw the Trojan offense drive all the way down to the 5-yard line. But on a fourth down defensive lineman Brad Yates sacked Nick Baum for a 9-yard loss.

“Brad is a very consistent player for us,” Cramer added. “We played another great game for us defensively and offensively.”

Derry got its lone points of the game early in the fourth quarter when Nick Baum connected on a 24-yard touchdown pass with Nathan Matrunick.

But in the end it was the Belle Vernon defense that closed the door on Derry and helped the Leopards get back on track n the win column.

“We need to learn to play four quarters for us to be a good football team,” said Cramer. “Were getting better, but next week will tell a lot about our football team. Our defense and offense have got to get it done.”

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