Clarion’s Bobcats tame the Bulldogs
Written by: Shane Lux on Friday, October 6th, 2017
Not letting four first-half turnovers phase them Clarion pounded out 253 yards rushing in the second half and scored touchdowns on four straight possessions to pull away from Redbank Valley 35-7 Thursday night in New Bethlehem.
“Offensively we came out and did what we had to do, we threw the ball quite a bit in the first half, and then we settled in when we saw what they were doing,” said Clarion head coach Larry Wiser.
“We wanted to run the ball and keep it out of their hands in the second half.”
The Bobcats led 7-0 at halftime thanks to Logan Minich’s 2-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. The score was set up by his 51-yard reception from quarterback Spencer Miller.
“We missed a number of opportunities in the first half with penalties and turnovers,” said Wiser.
Sam Minch’s interception of a Keaton Kahle pass midway through the third quarter got the ball rolling for the Bobcats that them up at the Bulldogs 26-yard line. That would lead to Logan’s 23-yard touchdown run three plays later that put Clarion in front 14-0 4:05 remaining in the third quarter.
Redbank Valley then gambled on a fourth-and-nine from their 46-yard line, but Kahle was stopped on the fake punt rush for a loss of 1-yard. Two plays later Brendan Zerfoss went 44 yards for a touchdown that put Clarion in front 21-0 after three quarters.
“Our kids did a great job limiting what’s been a very potent Redbank Valley offense with one of the best running backs in the league,” said Wiser.
The Bulldogs would get on the board on the first play of the fourth quarter as Clint Thurston scored from seven yards out capping a 7-play 70-yard drive that saw him rush for 57 yards.
Thurston led the Bulldogs with 145 yards on 21 carriers.
“Not being able to take advantage of their turnovers in the first half killed us. We played a terrible half, yet were only down 7-0; we made some errors and couldn’t string anything together offensively,” said Redbank head coach Ed Wasilowski.
Zerfoss then ended any thoughts Redbank Valley had of a comeback as he exploded for 85 yards on the ensuing play from scrimmage for the Bobcats putting them in front 28-7.
Thanks to the two long runs Zerfoss rushed for 135 yards on just three attempts.
Sam Minich would close out the scoring as he scored on a 1-yard plunge with 8:50 left in the game after Clarion recovered a fumble at the Redbank 19-yard line.
Logan Minich led all rushers with 152 yards on 21 carriers.
“It was penalties, and bonehead plays in the second half, we gave them two touchdowns to start the quarter,” said Wasilowski.
Clarion 35 Redbank Valley 7
Score by Quarters
Clarion – 7 0 14 14 – 35
Redbank – 0 0 0 7 – 7
C – Logan Minich 2 yd run (Archer Mills pat), 4:23
C – Logan Minich 23 yd run (Mills pat), 4:05
C- Brendan Zerfoss 44 yd run (Mills pat), 1:35
R – Clint Thurston 7 yd run (Thurston pat), 11:56
C – Zerfoss 85 yd run (Mills pat), 11:25
C – Sam Minich 1 yd run (Mills pat), 8:50
First Downs 18 10
Rushes-Yards 41-368 39-161
Passing Yards 55 48
Comp-Att-Int 3-7-3 6-17-1
Total Yards 423 209
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 0-0
Penalties-Yards 9-70 8-75
Punts-Avg. 2-43.5 6-36.3
Rushing: Clarion – Logan Minich 21-152, Brendan Zerfoss 3-135, Sterling Conner 3-38, Spencer Miller 8-35, Sam Minich 2-5, Keeven Weaver 1-(-1), Cutter Boggess 2-5, Team 1-(-1). Totals: 41-368. Redbank – Clint Thurston 21-145, Brock Barrett 11-26, Keaton Kahle 4-(-18), Hudson Martz 2-8, Team 1-0. Totals: 39-161.
Passing: Clarion – Miller 3-for-7 55 yards, 3 interceptions. Redbank – Kahle 6-for-17, 48 yards, 1 interception, Kobe Bonanno 0-for-2.
Receiving: Clarion – Camden Boggess 1-3, Logan Minich 2-52. Redbank – Barrett 3-41, Ethan Hetrick 1-(-6), Chase Wiles 2-13.
Interceptions: Redbank – Kahle, Barrett Logan Minich. Clarion – Sam Minich.
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