On the surface, Tyrone’s game against Bellefonte is a mismatch.

It’s two teams heading in opposite directions, one coming off its second consecutive shutout victory, the other shut out last week for the second time this season.

Bellefonte, at 0-3 and averaging fewer than 7 points per game, shouldn’t be able to hang with Tyrone, which improved to 3-0 last week with a 49-0 win over Philipsburg-Osceola.

But a closer look at the game inside the game reveals something interesting. The Raiders, while they haven’t stopped much on defense this season, has as its biggest strength its secondary. Bellefonte’s defensive backs are veterans, experienced players who have started for a season or more.

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