Redbank Valley falls to Reynolds in PIAA playoffs

Staff Writer

The season came to an end Saturday for the District 9 Class A champion Redbank Valley Bulldogs who were defeated 19-14 by unbeaten, 9-0, District 10 champion Reynolds Saturday afternoon.

The Raiders scored two touchdowns 1:47 apart in the second quarter on their way to victory. Aiden Mull scored from four yards out to make it 6-0 with 10:47 left. Reynolds recovered an onside kick at the Redbank 34-yard line and four plays later quarterback Brayden McCloskey connected with Mull on fourth and 19 for a 43-yard score. Kicker Dreyvin Livingston converted the PAT after missing on his first attempt to make it 13-0 with 9:00 left in the opening half.

The Bulldogs bounced back with a nine-play, 67-yard drive to make it 13-7 with a 17-yard touchdown pass from Cam Wagner to Chris Marshall. Landon Pence’s PAT made it 13-7 with 4:23 remaining which is how the half ended.

Two Bulldog personal fails aided the Raiders who mounted an 80-yard drive capped off by a two-yard Cole Toy TD to make it 19-7 with 6:51 remaining. The two-point conversion failed. Wagner connected with Trenton Rupp for a 12-yard TD 1:40 later and Pence was true on the PAT to make it 19-14 with 5:11 left.

Reynolds maintained possession to end the game while marching to the Redbank three-yard line as time ran out.

The Bulldogs end the season with an 8-1 record and were the last District 9 team to exit the PIAA playoffs.

Reynolds, which beat Eisenhower for the District 10 title, will host Jeanette in the Class A semi-finals Friday night. The winner will play the victor of Saturday’s Bishop Guilfolye (7-2) vs. Steelton-Highspire (8-0) contest being for the state championship Friday, Nov. 27 at Hershey Stadium.

The unbeaten, 9-2, Wilmington Greyhounds, who beat District 9 Class AA champ Karns City two weeks ago, 42-14, beat Chestnut Ridge 56-29 Friday to advance to the semi-finals where they will play unbeaten Beaver Falls for a shot at the title game vs. the winner of Southern Columbia and Bishop McDevitt. The state championship game will be played Saturday, Nov. 28 at Hershey Stadium.

PIAA Football Playoffs

Class A

Friday, Nov. 20 Jeanette at Reynolds

Saturday, Nov. 21 - Bishop Guilfoyle at Steelton-Highspire

Championship – Friday, Nov. 27 at Hershey Stadium

Class AA

Friday, Nov. 20 – Wilmington vs. Beaver Falls at Geneva College

Saturday, Nov. 21 – Southern Columbia vs. Bishop McDevitt at Selingsgrove High School

Championship – Saturday, Nov. 28 at Hershey Stadium