Red Raiders Blowout Wildcats in 44-7 win
Written by: Lily Wichert on Saturday, September 15th, 2018
The Bellefonte Red Raiders notched their fourth consecutive win this season against Central Mountain, putting their overall at 4-0. The game was held at Malinak Stadium at Central Mountain High School. Bellefonte won with the final score of 44-7, along with some outstanding performances from both sides of the ball. However, in the end, the Red Raiders proved to simply be too much for the Wildcats.
C.J. Funk got the Red Raiders on the board first, with an 11-yard touchdown run. Chris Persiko added the extra point afterwards, giving Bellefonte a 7-0 lead. The Wildcats answered, however, as wide reciever Collin Jones scored an 83-yard touchdown. Kicker Trey Gentzell added the extra point, ending the first quarter at 7-7.
Bellefonte got the lead back, as kicker Chris Persiko scored a 21-yard field goal, bringing the Red Raiders to a 10-7 lead. This field goal opened floodgates for the Red Raiders, who scored 34 more points throughout the rest of the game. Funk scored a 3-yard touchdown and a 71-yard touchdown, both with good kicks from Persiko. Bellefonte quarterback Kyle Myers threw a touchdown pass to tight end Noah Badger, bringing Bellefonte to a 31-7 lead at halftime. The Red Raiders ran away with the game after this point.
During the third quarter, Funk ran for a 73-yard touchdown, and Persiko added the extra point. Running back Chris Paloskey scored a 7-yard touchdown with 8:38 remaining in the third quarter. Bellefonte’s defense held the Wildcats scoreless for the last three quarters of the game, finishing the game with a 44-7 win.
Wide receiver Nick Catalano enjoys seeing the improvement of the team throughout the season.
“I am extremely proud of our defense tonight. Our offense continued to produce tonight, as the first few weeks that was seen as one of our biggest issues, and was something we worked hard to improve in practice,” Catalano said.
The Red Raiders do not allow their undefeated streak get in the way of their focus. Offensive Coordinator Shawn Hale understands that the team has skills to enhance throughout the season.
“We are young, we need to get better at making sure we align correctly,” Coach Hale said.
The Bellefonte Red Raiders will take on Tyrone next Friday at Bald Eagle Area High School at 7 p.m.
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