Eagles shut out Brookville to move to 2-0
Tyrone defensive coordinator Johnny Franco almost had to laugh as he exited the press box at Gray-Veterans Memorial Field last night at halftime.
For an entire week he had carefully drafted a plan to shut down Brookville’s offense, which on film was predicated upon spreading the field and winging the ball to one of four and five receivers off in passing patterns.
But the strategies he designed to defend against the pass were quickly rendered useless when he saw that Charlie Krug, the Raiders’ starting quarterback, was not in uniform. The coach knew Krug had been injured last week in Brookville’s loss to Central Clarion, and he knew that the injury could be serious. However, coaches don’t plan for ifs and maybes; they prepare for the best look they could possibly get.
Expecting a wide open look, the Eagles faced just the opposite over the first two quarters – a run-first offense with very limited throwing capability,
In the end, the shift by Brookville mattered little. Tyrone quickly adjusted, stuffed the Raiders’ rushing attack, and pulled away for a 30-0 non-conference win.
The victory upped the Golden Eagles’ record to 2-0 and gave them a shutout for just the second time since 2015.
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Good stuff Kerry. I continue to enjoy your coverage of Tyrone football.
I was talking with my cousin Doug Mertiff off and in during the course of the game while watching it on You Tube for the second consecutive week. We were reminiscing about the old Tyrone YMCA basketball tournaments. There was some great talent that came to Tyrone to play in those tournament games. Penn State football and basketball players as well as St. Francis basketball players like Norm Van Lier and Kevin Porter. They even had to expand into a Senior Tournament as well as a Junior Tournament. Don’t remember what separated the two but those tournaments were legendary all over central PA. I told Doug that when he saw you to put a bug in your ear about someday trying to research those hey days in Tyrone. Many of us kids could work off our YMCA cards by working the concession stands and taking tickets for those games. Your Dad and Jim Miles will also remember them like Doug and I do .