Tullius leads Belpre to 35-21 win

BELPRE – Belpre scored on three long-distance touchdowns in the first half and the Golden Eagle defense intercepted four Fort Frye passes, two which set up a pair of second-half TDs, in a 35-21 victory over the visiting Cadets Friday night at Ralph Holder Stadium.

It didn’t take long for Manney Tullius, who rushed for 175 yards on 15 carries, to light up the scoreboard for Belpre. The senior gathered in the game’s opening kickoff at the Belpre 20, raced across the field to the sideline, where he cut upfield and outraced everyone to the end zone for a 7-0 lead with just 12 seconds elapsed on the clock.

The 80-yard kickoff return was quickly joined in the scoring column by another Golden Eagle TD. Trent McCoy intercepted Fort Frye quarterback Terren Huck’s first pass of the game and three plays later, Belpre QB Tavian Miller aired out a 55-yard scoring strike to Deijon Bedgood down the sideline. Bedgood caught the aerial in stride behind the defense inside the Cadet 30 and was off to the end zone for a 14-0 advantage at the 10:10 mark of the first quarter.

Fort Frye’s Casey Lewis picked up a fumble and ran it in from 22 yards out to slice his team’s deficit in half at 6:24 of the initial period of play.

Tullius added a 54-yard TD dash at 10:00 of the second stanza, taking a pitch to the left, then cutting up through a gaping hole and gearing up downfield, escaping a defender at the FF 30 with a juke and going in for the score for a 21-7 lead at halftime.

In the fourth quarter, Belpre blocked a pass which fell into into the diving arms of Tullius at the Cadet 1 at 11:50, and Miller pounded over the goal line at 11:46 to up the Golden Eagles’ lead to 28-7.

Huck came right back for Fort Frye, though, with a 47-yard TD toss to Garrett Lochary at 9:38 of the final period, before Belpre’s McCoy intercepted a tipped pass by teammate Nathan Mason at the Cadet 10 and took it in for a touchdown with 3:57 to play.

Fort Frye tacked on a late TD with just 17 seconds left on a Huck 6-yard run.