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Freedom takes on Valley, wins 44-13

Written by: on Saturday, September 29th, 2018


Coming off of their win against Ellwood City last week, the Bulldogs took their home field at Bulldog Stadium this Friday to face the Vikings. The Vikings started off the game and within the first four minutes under the lights, with senior Deonte Ross making it to the end zone for Valley.

Freedom, however, retaliated from the play with senior Zach Rosa reaching the end zone, evening up the score at 7-7 with 2:11 left in the first quarter.

“It felt good to tie things up and it was huge for our team to get that momentum change for the rest of the game,” Rosa said. “We fed off of a few defensive stops and quick scores to turn the game around.”

The momentum proved to be a factor in the remaining plays of the game for the Bulldogs. Only 21 seconds into the second quarter, senior Jake Pail made it to the end zone for Freedom, adding another seven points to the board for the Bulldogs. Shortly thereafter, Pail had yet another scoring run with a 47-yard pass from Rosa, returning to the end zone with 9:46 left in the half.

Senior Jake Pail (21) sneaks through an open gap in hopes of scoring a touchdown while his fellow players look to block Valley’s defense.

“Well when we get going as a team like how we did tonight we all just work as one unit and we never stop. You could really see the momentum in every play from everybody,” Pail said.

In the remaining minutes of the second quarter, Pail ceased to let up the momentum on his end of things, with his third touchdown of the night as there were only 2:36 left to go in the half. Humble about his play, Pail credits his fellow teammates for the opportunity to strike.

“I know all the running backs came ready to run tonight, I think we all averaged together really good, and everyone all really ripped off nice chunks of yardage,” Pail said. “[Rosa] did well in the pocket tonight throwing the ball. We all expect that from him though; he’s a good quarterback. The line did really good, so really, like I said, when we all work as one unit, the job gets done, just like it was tonight.”

In terms of scoring plays, the third quarter didn’t have much action until the final minutes when there was a Bulldog safety due to the Valley snap going out of the end zone, marking the score 30-7, Freedom.

Defensively, blocking was a strong suit for the Bulldogs, according to senior Cody Ross, who also had a touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

“We saw what defense they were in, really, and there were a bunch of gaps, so we knew that if I got in one, [it was] one chance for the linebacker then Jake was either going to break it for a big gain or score a touchdown,” Cody Ross said. “I want my boys to score, I like blocking for my guys and making big plays, so it was a great team win.”

Senior Cody Ross (43) runs the ball to the Bulldog end zone while seniors Noah Henderson (7), Tanner Boyer (50) and junior Joey Leasha (77) anticipate the movements of the corresponding Valley players.

As the clock dwindled down to under five minutes left in the game, there was no letting up from the Bulldogs. Sophomore Cole Beck kept the team momentum going with an interception thrown by Valley quarterback, Tyler Green.

Shortly after Beck’s interception, sophomore Reiker Welling had a 52-yard rush to the Bulldog end zone, closing out the scoring runs for Freedom at 44-7.

The Vikings weren’t finished just yet, though. With 48.3 seconds remaining in the game, Deonte Ross again made it to the end zone for Valley, but with a missed extra point, the final score of the night stood at 44-13, Freedom.

Next week, Freedom travels to New Brighton to take on the Lions for a 7:00 match up. According to Rosa, the boys have high hopes for the upcoming week.

“After a good win like this we have to keep our momentum going,” Rosa said. “We have a tough task ahead in New Brighton.”

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