Coudersport Makes Statement in Dismantling Redbank Valley
Written by: Phil Myers on Saturday, November 3rd, 2018
Three weeks ago, Coudersport lost to Redbank Valley 41-27. Friday night the Falcons had to make the long trek to New Bethlehem again to face the Bulldogs. This time the Falcons flew all over the field, coming away with a stupendous 52-7 victory over the home team. Winning coach Tom Storey said, “We were confident coming in because the only real difference offensively, from the game three weeks ago, was we lost one our key players during that game.”
Coudersport completely dominated Redbank in every phase of the game. Coach Storey was happy with the team’s performance especially on the defensive side of the ball. They held Redbank to a total of 180 yards on 44 offensive plays and forced three turnovers, all interceptions. The first time they met, the Falcons gave up 495 yards to the same Bulldog team. 304 of those 495 total yards were from rushing the ball. Friday night the Falcons allowed a grand total of 5 net yards on the ground! The fact that the defense played so much better was a big difference from that first meeting too.
The star of the show for the Falcons was Stephen Kelly. The 5’8 ‘, 170-pound senior running back galloped for 230 yards on 28 carries, scoring 4 touchdowns along the way. He scored on jaunts of 51, 25, 18, and 5 yards. Kelly ended the game with 286 all-purpose yards. He took off on his 51-yard scurry up the middle just two minutes into the contest to give Coudy an 8-0 lead after Colby Vanwhy’s two-point conversion run. Kelly gave the Falcons a 14-0 lead at the 3:33 mark of the first with his 25-yard ramble.
Redbank answered back when Keaton Kahle connected with Ethan Hetrick on a 26-yard strike to put the deficit at 14-7 with only seconds remaining in the opening quarter. Little did anyone know, that would be it for the Bulldog scoring. It was all Coudersport thereafter, scoring 38 unanswered points.
Coach Storey’s team put a whipping on Redbank in the second quarter, outscoring them 26-0 to put the game out of reach. Brandt Kightlinger got things started by snaring a Hayden Keck pass and getting to the end zone to complete a 43-yard pass play. Then came Kelly’s third and fourth touchdowns. One being the 18-yard run and the other being his 5-yard saunter. Finally, Keck scored on a one-yard quarterback sneak with under two minutes left in the half to comfortably send his team to the break with a 40-7 advantage.
Coudersport tallied one more touchdown in the third quarter and tacked on another in the fourth stanza to set the final at 52-7. Kightlinger caught his second touchdown pass of the evening, a nine yarder, for the third quarter score. That invoked the Mercy Rule as the margin was now over 35 points. Keck added another quarterback sneak to close out the scoring after a 5-yard drive that was set up by John Minor’s interception.
The win puts Coudy, now 6-4, in the D-9 Class A semi-finals against Clarion-Limestone whose record is 9-2. “We told the kids they have a chance to avenge three of their losses and, in doing so, win the District championship,” commented Storey. “The kids are very confident in their ability,” he added. Redbank Valley finished the year 7-4.
Keck only threw five passes for the Falcons, but of his three completions, two went for touchdowns. He also ran 12 times for 89 yards and two tallies. Kahle was Redbank’s main man by going 12 for 27. He passed for 175 yards and a TD, but was picked off three times. Coudy sacked Kahle three times for -46 yards. Cale Ayers had two of the sacks and Travis Gleason had the other.
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