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Bangor Captures Eastern Conference 4A/5A Championship. @BangorSlatersFB @SauconAthletics

Written by: on Friday, November 5th, 2021

 

Bangor Avenges Early Season Loss to Saucon Valley in Dominate Fashion to Claim Eastern Conference Championship.

BANGOR- Thursday night at Paul Farnen Field the Bangor Slaters won their seventh game of the 2021 season, a goal coach Paul Reduzzi set out to accomplish at the start of the year after winning just three games over the last couple of years, by a count of 49-13 over the Saucon Valley Panthers, a team that defeated the Slaters earlier in the season 29-22.

Behind the strong running performance by Kael Godashalk and Eric Striba combined for five touchdowns and a 295 yard rushing night by Godshalk, the second best rushing total in school history behind Josh Wing’s 311 yards in 2011. Godshalk did break Wing’s single-season points record with 142 compared to Wing’s 134 points.

The Slaters got on the scoreboard first with a impressive 76 yard drive that took four minutes off the clock in the first quarter, when Striba found the end zone on a five yard score with 5:01 left, the drive took ten plays, all via the ground game. Gabe Woolverton made the point-after for a 7-0 lead

A forced punt by the defense of Bangor, gave the home team the ball at their own 29. Again, with the potent rushing attack the drove deep into Panther territory, then a surprise pass from Striba to Derrick Zamorsky for a thirteen yard score made it 13-0, with the missed PAT left score at 13-0 with 8:27 left until half. The drive took thirteen plays.

Saucon Valley,chose to go for a fourth and short near the Bangor 40, quarterback Travis Riefenstahl, did his best Fran Tarkington impersonation, scrambling around but could not pass off and was sacked for a twenty yard loss. Bangor taking over at the Panthers 40, drove into the red zone where Striba dashed in from 20 yards out making it 21-0 with a Godshalk run for the conversion with 2:09 left in the second quarter. That would be the score at intermission, as the Slaters had another chance to add points, but a nice defensive stand halted the drive at the 35 yard line of Saucon Valley.

Bangor received the second half kickoff and promptly deposited the ball into the end zone again at the 9:49 mark of the quarter, with a four yard bust by Striba to increase the lead to 28-0 with Woolverton’s PAT.
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Saucon finally got themselves on the scoreboard with a one yard score by running back Damian Garcia with 2:46 left in the third quarter to cut the deficit to 28-7.

But any Panther thought of a miraculous comeback was quickly squashed by a 80 yard jaunt by Godshalk on the first play from scrimmage after the kickoff to make the score 34-7.

The defense got in on the scoring barrage on the next Panther possession as Ashton Kluska stepped in front of a Riefenstahl pass along the sidelines and cruised in the end zzone for a 40 yard score with another Godshalk conversion making it 42-7.

Godshalk, just for good measure, got himself another score at the start of the fourth quarter with a five yard touchdown to push the lead to 49-7 with 11:38 to go in the contest.

The Panthers, facing much of the back-up players of Bangor did mange one more score as Riefenstahl connected with receiver Ty Csencsits for a 42 yard score with 2:43 left to close out the score for the game.

After the game Bangor head football coach Paul Reduzzi had this to say about his team’s win.

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