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Strothers, Watson help Redbank Valley slip past Ridgway

Triblive.com story on the game 

NEW BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Behind a big night running the football from Mark Strothers and another solid kicking performance from Zane Watson, Redbank Valley advanced to the District 9 Class A semifinals with a 31-26 win over visiting Ridgway Friday night.

While the game was close throughout, third-seeded Redbank Valley (7-3) never gave up the lead after grabbing an early 7-0 advantage on a 4-yard Strothers run, one of three rushing touchdowns for the senior who had 150 yards on the ground, and the Watson extra point.

Extra points played a key role in the game, as Watson was a perfect 4-for-4 in the game while also booting a late 34-yard field goal. Ridgway, meanwhile, missed an extra point after its first touchdown and was just 1-for-3 on two-point conversions after that.

The sixth-seeded Elkers (5-6), though, stayed in the game thanks in large part to the play of quarterback Ben MacDonald.

MacDonald ran for two touchdowns and threw a touchdown pass while rushing for 29 yards on 11 carries and going 12-for-18 passing for 165 yards.

His 3-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter got Ridgway within one at 7-6 before Strothers made it 14-6 Bulldogs at the end of the first quarter with a 54-yard scoring run.

Ridgway answered back on a 1-yard MacDonald run to make it 14-12 early in the second quarter before Redbank Valley went up 21-12 at halftime thanks to a 20-yard Jake Dougherty to Kyle Schrecengost screen pass.

Ridgway answered back in the third quarter getting within three, 21-18, on a 20-yard MacDonald to Jeremy Brier scoring pass before a 19-yard Strothers run early in the fourth quarter put Redbank Valley back up double digits at 28-18.

The Elkers once again responded, this time on a 7-yard scoring run by Dane Cappiello and a two-point run by Sam Delhunty to get within two, 28-26, with 6:43 to play.

But Redbank Valley was able to run all by 39 seconds off the clock, and finished its drive with the Watson field goal to make it 31-26. Nick Shoemaker then intercepted a MacDonald pass to seal the win.

Redbank will face second-seeded Curwensville in the semifinals at 1 p.m. Saturday at DuBois’ Mansell Stadium.


Score by Quarters

Ridgway 6 6 6 8 – 26

Redbank Valley 14 7 0 10 – 31

Scoring Summary

First Quarter

RV – Mark Strothers 4 yard run ( Zane Watson kick), 11:01

R – Ben MacDonald 3 yard run (kick failed) ,4:16

RV – Strothers 54 yard run (Watson kick), 2:16

Second Quarter

R – MacDonald 1 yard run (pass failed), 8:48

RV – Kyle Schrecengost 20 yard catch from Jake Dougherty (Watson kick), 4:43

Third Quarter

R – Jeremy Breier 20 yard catch from MacDonald (pass failed), 2:22

Fourth Quarter

RV – Strothers 19 yard run (Watson kick), 10:37

R – Dane Cappiello 7 yard run (Sam Delhunty run), 6:43

RV – Watson 34 yard field goal ,0:39


RID                         RV

First Downs                                                           16                           20

Rushes-Yards                                                       41-165                   35-220

Passing Yards                                                      165                         96

Passing: Com-Att-Int                                           12-18-1                  6-9-0

Total Yards                                                            329                         316

Fumbles-Lost                                                       1-1                          0-0

Penalties-Yards                                                   2-10                        12-102

Punts-Avg.                                                            1-27                        2-34

Individual Statistics

RUSHING – Ridgway: Sam Delhunty 14-56, Ben MacDonald 11-29, Dane Cappiello 6-24, Cole Myers 10-55.  Redbank Valley:  Mark Strothers 24-150, Jake Dougherty 9-42, Mitch Blose 2-28.

PASSING – Ridgway:  Ben MacDonald 12-for-18, 165 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception. Redbank Valley:  Jake Dougherty 6-for-9, 96 yards, 1 touchdown.

RECEIVING – Ridgway:  Dane Cappiello 5-54, Jeremy Breier 4-45, Cole Myers 3-66.  Redbank Valley:  Kyle Schrecengost 4-81, Kaven Hornberger 1-2, Mitch Blose 1-13.

INTERCEPTIONS – Redbank Valley:  Nick Shoemaker.


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