JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – Larger Johnstown freshman quarterback Julius Reed seemed past the ultimate rating and one other quantity being added to a shedding streak relationship again four-plus seasons.
Bald Eagle Space defeated the Trojans 59-30 on Saturday night time through the college district’s celebration of 125 years of soccer for a program with 667 wins since 1898.
Larger Johnstown dropped its thirty eighth consecutive sport and slipped to 0-8 this season, however the youthful Trojans confirmed some poise and grit that had been lacking for a lot of the season in entrance of a small crowd on a wet night time at Trojan Stadium.
The 30 factors scored have been 10 greater than the Trojans had produced in seven earlier video games mixed.
“I attempt to hold all people uplifted,” mentioned Reed, who did his half by finishing 17 of 33 passes for 294 yards, three TDs and one interception whereas additionally operating for a rating.
“I inform all people, ‘Chins excessive.’
“I’m in all probability one of the crucial optimistic guys on our group. I attempt to hold all people’s chins excessive.
“Optimistic vibes. ‘OK, we obtained it. Subsequent route. Let’s go.’ Even in observe.”
That angle is a plus on a group that doesn’t know what it’s prefer to win a sport within the robust Laurel Highlands Athletic Convention. Bald Eagle Space improved to 7-1 and rebounded after shedding for the primary time this season on Oct. 6 to Clearfield.
“We’re taking part in loads of younger guys they usually’re beginning to flip over to that second a part of the season,” mentioned Larger Johns- city coach Antwuan Reed, the previous Trojans all-state operating again/defensive again and father of playmakers Julius and sophomore Zymir Reed.
“They’re beginning to mature extra and hold taking part in and rising. They’ve obtained to only hold making performs, hold believing in themselves and hold maturing.”
Bald Eagle Space had its share of productive gamers on each side of the ball. Junior quarterback Carson Nagle accomplished 13 of 21 passes for 250 yards, 4 landing passes and one speeding TD.
Senior again Cameron Dubbs rushed for 126 yards and ran for scores from 25, 2 and 15 yards.
Senior Kaden Burns booted eight further factors and a 25-yard subject purpose that put a operating clock into movement late within the closing quarter.
Larger Johnstown scored at the least one landing in all 4 quarters, together with a pair of TDs within the second quarter. The Trojans misfired on all 5 two-point conversion makes an attempt.
“Our group improved lots on go blocking and route operating,” Julius Reed mentioned. “I improved lots on my go accuracy all year long.
“Our first sport, I didn’t do too sizzling. Because the yr progressed, I noticed all of the passing lanes, the pockets and the place to place the ball and never put the ball.”
Reed hit his brother Zymir Reed on a 44-yard TD go that pulled the Trojans inside 7-6 within the opening quarter.
The youthful Reed ran three yards for a landing and handed 9 yards to Gerald Veney Jr. to make it 28-18, however Bald Eagle Space pulled away.
Julius Reed and Kaleem Taylor teamed on a 25-yard TD go within the fourth quarter, and Conseer Baxter ran 6 yards for a late landing.
Senior Raheem Durant gained 83 yards on 11 carries for the Trojans, as Larger Johns- city produced 380 yards on offense.
Larger Johnstown will host Bedford (2-6) subsequent week, whereas Bald Eagle Space travels to Bellwood-Antis (1-7).
“A number of freshmen and sophomores are taking part in,” Antwuan Reed mentioned. “We’ve obtained to maintain getting them expertise, hold letting them play, and hold letting them mature, make their errors, and assist them develop from it.
“A sport like this helps them imagine as a result of they will see they will do it. They’ve simply obtained to imagine in themselves,” Antwuan Reed added. “They’re able to loads of issues.
“They’ve simply obtained to imagine.
“We put within the work. They’ve simply obtained to maintain working, believing, and placing their finest effort ahead.”
Mike Mastovich is a sports activities reporter and columnist for The Tribune-Democrat. He may be reached at 814-532-5083. Observe him on Twitter @Masty81.