Clarion-Limestone – Redbank Valley Preview
Written by: Josh Funk on Tuesday, August 26th, 2008
The Game: Clarion-Limestone (9 A) @ Redbank Valley (9 A)
Date: Friday, August 29, 2008, from Redbank Valley HS in New Bethlehem
Redbank Valley: 10-2
About Clarion-Limestone: After a dominating stretch in the early part of the decade, the Lions have fallen on a few bumps in the road. From 2001 to 2005, C-L posted an overall record of 51-8 and won a couple of District 9 titles. But ever since the end of 2005, when dual-threat QB Scottie Davis transferred out of Strattanville, C-L has struggled. The Lions were forced to forfeit a couple of games because of safety concerns, not having enough players to make a full roster.
Junior quarterback Dan Miller (1,406 passing yards, 7 TD) returns, as do Jace Rhoads (63 rush yards; 22 rec., 357 yards, 2 TD) and Mike White (85 rush yards; 8 rec., 126 yards). Luckily for C-L, they won’t have to face as potent an RV offense this time around, but the Bulldogs will still be able to spread the wealth and be productive.
About Redbank Valley: Redbank’s offense tallied what is believed to be a school-record 430 points last season en route to its second consecutive berth in the District 9 “A” semifinals before bowing to Cameron County, 34-0. RV loses talented quarterback Jake Smith (2,012 passing yards, 594 rush yards, 37 total TD), but returns several players instrumental to last season’s success.
Leading the way is senior RB Alex Bladel, who has run for over 2,200 yards and scored 31 career touchdowns. Bladel totaled over 900 rushing yards last season and scored 13 touchdowns, leading RV in rushing. Curtis Lee (15 rush, 120 yards, 2 TD) also returns to the backfield, as does quarterback Shiloh Buchlietner (101 rush yards, 4 passing yards). WR Jerrett Maggagnotti (29 rec., 667 yards, 9 TD) and Kasey Haines (23, 307, 3) should be Buchleitner’s favorite targets.
RV was a model of offensive balance last season, averaging 156 rushing yards and 168 passing yards per game.
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