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Written by: Pat Weider on Saturday, August 28th, 2021
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Cedar Cliff and Red Lion played a back and forth game where neither defense could stop the other offense. It was truly a shoot-out between both teams. Red Lion scored 5 rushing touchdowns by 3 different players. While Cedar Cliff QB Ethan Dorrell ran for a touchdown and threw three touchdown passes and RB Jontae Morris had 2 rushing touchdowns to pace Cedar Cliff. Cedar Cliff pulled ahead late and won 56-35 over Red Lion.
Head coach Colin Gillen on getting the win “So give them a lot of credit (Red Lion), I think they got a really good football team with lots of speed on the perimeter. Luckily we were able to keep up offensively, we are extremely proud of Mikey Jones and Jontae Morris running the ball, and our QB Ethan Dorrell did a phenomenal job of being balanced”.
QB Ethan Dorrell on the win “It was one of the most exciting games I ever played in my life. The second half we really bore down and we were got what we needed to get the job done”.
Red Lion opening the scoring with a 1-yard run touchdown by RB Reid Anderson midway through the 1st Quarter. Cedar Cliff responded later in the 1st quarter when Ethan Dorrell ran for a 22-yard touchdown to tie the score up at 7-7.
Red Lion responded again this time RB Chase Evans took an inside handoff from WR Jeff Nyamekye and ran for a 33-yard touchdown. Again Cedar Cliff responded. This time Dorrell connected with WR Trenten Smith for a long touchdown pass to tie it up at 14. Then right before the half Red Lion responded again when Evans scored from 21 yards. With that touchdown, Red Lion took a 21-14 lead at the half.
The shoot-out continued in the second half when Cedar Cliff scored on a WR screen from Dorrell to Smith to tie it up at 21. Smiths’ second of the night. Coach Gillen on Smith at WR “Trenten Smith is an incredible athlete. Last year he played football for us for the 1st time. The kid is a burner, can jump through the roof”. Smith showcased his skills at WR by running several routes very well and also making very difficult catches. Smith “Personally I do feel confident in running all my routes and catching the ball”.
Then Red Lion responded again when WR Ladainian Strausbaugh took a jet sweep and raced to the end zone on a 48-yard run to take the lead 28-21. Cedar Cliff not to be outdone, on 4th and 2 Dorrell found his FB Mike Armanini for a 39-yard touchdown to tie it up at 28.
On the next possession, Red Lion had a short punt (1st punt of the night), and Cedar Cliff responded again. This time a rushing touchdown by RB Mikey Jones from 25 yards out. Then after another Red Lion stop, Cedar Cliff RB Jontae Morris raced in from 29 yards. This gave Cedar Cliff a commanding lead of 42-28.
Red Lion again responded on 4th and 3 with 7 minutes left in the game with a 28 yard run from Anderson his second rushing touchdown of the night, to climb back to 42-35. Cedar Cliff responded with Morris breaking free for a 54-yard touchdown run. Cedar Cliff then tacked on one more touchdown by when Ricardo Harmon scored from 1 yard out. That capped the end of a wild game 56-35. Not a good game to be a defensive coordinator in.
In the 4th Quarter when Cedar Cliff pulled away it was largely on the backs of the running game and that starts upfront with the offensive line. Coach Gillen on the offensive line “Guys up front really took over in the 4th Quarter, I thought we really asserted ourselves”.
The game had an hour delay because of inclement weather. Even though Cedar Cliff fell behind early and was down at the half they were able to pull ahead late to come up with the victory. Coach Gillen really was proud of his team for their conditioning “Our conditioning was phenomenal, our kids were in shape, they stayed hydrated, which is a testament to our listening to us as coaches”.
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