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PIAA Class 1A Title Game Team Preview: The Redbank Valley Bulldogs @RVBulldogs @Coach_Gold

Written by: on Wednesday, December 8th, 2021

 

Redbank Valley Bulldogs

PIAA District 9 – Class A
League: District 9 – Small School South
Head Coach: Blane Gold

Overview:

The Bulldogs were expected to do well in 2021, but losing the first game of the season to Keystone 22-20 woke them up to reality.  They’ve used that loss as a positive for motivational purposes.  Since the loss to Keystone, Redbank has won 13 straight games and the Bulldogs were not tested until the playoffs.  In the playoffs, they’ve had to come from behind to win 3 of the 4 games.  This is Redbank’s first ever appearance in a PIAA championship game in any sport.

How they got to Hershey:

OVERALL PCT LEAGUE PCT HOME AWAY STREAK
13-1 0.929 1-1 0.500 7-0 6-1 W13

DATE

OPPONENT

LOCATION

TIME/SCORE

08-21 Central Clarion  @ Central Clarion (SCR) 11:00 am
08-27 Keystone  @ Keystone (7-3) * Keystone Stadium L 20-22
09-03 Otto-Eldred  vs. Otto-Eldred (3-7) Bulldogs Stadium W 59-6
09-10 Elk County Catholic  vs. Elk County Catholic (3-5) * Bulldogs Stadium W 51-0
09-18 Sheffield  @ Sheffield (0-8) Wolverine Mountain W 55-6
09-24 Brockway  vs. Brockway (4-6) Bulldogs Stadium W 51-0
10-01 Smethport  @ Smethport (8-3) Smethport Stadium W 27-6
10-08 Bucktail  @ Bucktail (0-9) * W 49-6
10-15 Coudersport  vs. Coudersport (4-5) Bulldogs Stadium W 52-6
10-22 Union-AC Valley  @ Union-AC Valley (9-3) * Union Stadium W 28-6
10-29 Punxsutawney  @ Punxsutawney (2-7) Jack LaMarca Stadium W 40-14
11-12 Port Allegany  vs. Port Allegany (6-5) (P) Bulldogs Stadium W 35-14
11-19 Union-AC Valley  vs. Union-AC Valley (9-3) (SP) Clarion University W 28-21
11-26 Northern Bedford  vs. Northern Bedford (9-4) (SP) Clarion University W 21-14
12-03 Bishop Canevin  @ Bishop Canevin (12-2) (SP) North Hills W 23-14
12-09 Bishop Guilfoyle  @ Bishop Guilfoyle (10-4) (SP) Hersheypark Stadium (Hershey, PA) 1:00 pm

Key players/Stats:

Quarterback Bryson Bain: In his first full year calling signals for the Bulldogs Bain has thrown for 2,115 yards and 28 touchdowns.

Wide receivers Chris Marshall, Tate Minnich, and Marquese Gardlock: Among the three of them they have hauled in 108 passes for 1,558 yards and 22 touchdowns.  Marshall leads the way with 40 grabs for 630 yards and 11 TDs.

Defensive end Joe Mansfield: He is really tough to block as he is third on the team in tackles, leads the team in tackles for loss (22) and quarterback sacks (11).  He also has been credited with 18 quarterback hurries.

Offensive keys to winning:

  • Have a balanced offense to keep Bishop Guilfoyle’s defense thinking, but utilize Bain’s passing ability and the heighth of his receivers as Marshall is 6’3” and Gardlock is 6’4”.
  • Minimizing turnovers is a given.
  • Get the lead and force Guilfoyle out of their ball control ground game.

Defensive keys to winning:

  • Stop the run.
  • Pressure the quarterback and find a way to contain his elusive ability.
  • Minimize penalties and force a couple turnovers.

 Starting Line Up:

Redbank Valley 
Defense
2 DE Joseph Mansfield 6’2″ 192 Sr.
52 DT Carsen Rupp 6’2″ 245 Jr.
55 N Kolby Barrett 5’9″ 260 Sr.
26 DE Brandon Ross 6’0″ 0 So.
10 DB Marquese Gardlock 6’4″ 180 Sr.
5 DB Tate Minich 5’10” 140 Jr.
9 DB Chris Marshall 6’3″ 180 Sr.
6 DB Ashton Kahle 6’0″ 131 So.
21 LB Aiden Ortz 6’1″ 153 Jr.
51 LB Zeldon Fisher 6’0″ 190 Jr.
3 LB Brenden Shreckengost 5’3″ 0 Sr.
88 K P Tyson ADams
85 K P Derrick Downs 5’8″ 147 Sr.
52 LS Carsen Rupp 6’2″ 245 Jr.
Redbank Valley
 Offense
51 LT Zeldon Fisher 6’0″ 190 Jr.
55 LG Kolby Barrett 5’9″ 260 Sr.
52 C Carsen Rupp 6’2″ 245 Jr.
77 RG Kade Minnick 5’7″ 274 Sr.
75 RT Christian Clinger 6’0″ 256 So.
10 WR Marquese Gardlock 6’4″ 180 Sr.
9 WR Chris Marshall 6’3″ 180 Sr.
5 SLOT Tate Minich 5’10” 140 Jr.
21 SLOT Aiden Ortz 6’1″ 153 Jr.
3 RB Brenden Shreckengost 5’3″ 0 Sr.
11 QB Bryson Bain 6’4″ 205 Sr.

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