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Lions Tamed by Bulldogs in KSAC Opener

Written by: on Friday, August 29th, 2008


NEW BETHLEHEM, Pa. – There were a lot of shockers across the Keystone State this inaugural week of the 2008 season.


The Redbank Valley vs. Clarion-Limestone game wasn’t one of them.


Redbank Valley (1-0 overall, 1-0 KSAC) scored three touchdowns in its first eight plays en route to a 36-6 victory over Clarion-Limestone (0-1 overall, 0-1 KSAC) along the banks of the Redbank Creek in New Bethlehem.


The first quarter saw Redbank Valley control the pace and tempo right from the outset.  New Bulldog quarterback Shiloh Buchleitner got off to a quick start, hitting Kameron Rankin from 10 yards out to give RV a 7-0 lead.


Redbank extended its lead to 14-0 on its next possession when Buchleitner (4-of-11, 73 yards, 2 TD, INT) found Jerrett Magagnotti for a 32-yard touchdown pass.  It was the RV senior’s only catch of the night.


Then senior RB Alex Bladel got in the scoring act, darting in from six yards out to give the Bulldogs a 21-0 lead.


At that point, the Bulldogs had only had the ball for less than three minutes, and, at their pace at the time, would have scored over 90 points in the game.  That was at the 5:00 mark of the first quarter.


RV added a safety in the second quarter to push the margin to 23-0, and Bladel pounded in a 16-yard scoring run to make it 29-0.  Bladel finished the game with 18 rushes for 93 yards and two touchdowns.


Redbank capped its first half scoring when Rankin picked off a Dan Miller pass and returned it 31 yards to make the score 36-0.


C-L outgained RV 60-17 in total yardage in the second half, but was outgained for the game 273-62.


C-L’s lone score came when Miller found Taylor Port from 13 yards out to make the score 36-6.  Miller finished the game with just five completions in 22 attempts for 37 yards with two interceptions.


Mike White led the Lions with 53 rushing yards on 10 carries.  Jesse Montana added three catches for 14 yards for the Lions.


Redbank outrushed C-L for the game, 200-25.

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