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Redbank Valley Reaches Class A Final, Holds Off Tide 28-22

DuBOIS – Mark Strothers and Jake Dougherty each ran for two touchdowns to lead Redbank Valley to a 28-22 win over Curwensville in the first Class A semifinal game at E.J Mansell Stadium Saturday afternoon.

The Bulldogs (8-3), 1-9 a year ago, meet unbeaten Clarion next week in their first-ever Class A final appearance. All of their titles and finals games have been in Class AA. Clarion beat the Bulldogs, 50-0, in Week 7.

Curwensville, the top seed out of the Allegheny Mountain League, finished 9-2.

All but one touchdown was scored in the first half, including all of the Bulldogs’ points. Strothers, who ran for 242 yards on 23 carries, scored on the Bulldogs’ opening possession of the game on a 27-yard run.

Dougherty made it 14-0 on a 2-yard tun at the 2:29 mark of the first quarter.

Curwensville got a much-needed spark when Alex Olson returned a fumble recovery 25 yards for a touchdown with 53.7 seconds left in the first.

Then Zach Tibbens helped the Tide take their only lead with a 6-yard TD run with quarterback Kyle Johns plowing into the end zone for a two-point conversion to put the Tide up 15-14 at the 9:41 mark of the second quarter.

Tibbens, once again, was a workhorse for the Tide with 216 yards on a whopping 48 carries. Despite that number, Curwensville attempted more passes than Redbank Valley, although Johns completed just 2 of 14 passes for 14 yards.

The lead was short-lived as Strothers blasted 85 yards for a touchdown 68 seconds later. Dougherty put the Bulldogs up 28-15 with a 4-yard run with 3:33 remaining in the half.

The Tide cut it to 28-22 on a Johns 1-yarder with 5:27 left in the third. Then late in the game the Tide drove to the Bulldogs’ 26 and were stopped on a Tibbens 3-yard run on fourth-and-5 with just under a minute remaining.

The Bulldogs then ran out the clock to secure the win and with Clarion’s win later in the evening in DuBois, guaranteed just the second all-KSAC Class A title game in District 9 and first since Clarion’s 14-7 overtime win over Clarion-Limestone in 1990.

REDBANK VALLEY 28, CURWENSVILLE 22

Score by Quarters

Redbank Valley  14   14   0   0  — 28

Curwensville         7     8    7   0 — 22

Scoring Summary

First Quarter

RV – Mark Strothers 27 run (Zane Watson kick) 9:18

RV – Jake Dougherty 2 run (Watson kick) 2:29

C – Alex Olson 29 fumble recovery return (Jason Thorp kick) 0:56

Second Quarter

C – Zach Tibbens 6 run (Kyle Johns run) 9:41

RV – Strothers 85 run (Watson kick) 8:27

RV – Dougherty 4 run (Watson kick) 3:33

Third Quarter

C – Johns 1  run (Thorp kick) 5:27

R                        C

First Downs                        11                        17

Rushing-Yards            34-286                        61-276

Comp-Att-Int                        4-11-0                        2-14-0

Passing Yards                        39                        14

Total Yards                        325                        290

Fumbles-Lost                        3-3                        0-0

Punting-Avg                        2-23                        5-26.8

Penalties-Yards            6-28                        5-25

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING — Redbank Valley: Mark Strothers 23-242, Jake Dougherty 8-41, Kaven Hornberger 1-1, Mitch Blose 1-0, Kyle Schrecengost 1-2. Curwensville: Zach Tibbens 48-216, Alex Olson 9-40, Kyle Johns 4-20.

PASSING — Redbank Valley: Jake Dougherty 4-for-11, 39 yards. Curwensville: Kyle Johns 2-for-14, 14 yards.

RECEIVING — Redbank Valley: Kyle Schrecengost 2-23, Mark Strothers 1-(-3), Mitch Blose 1-19.  Curwensville Travis Lansberry 2-14.

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