NEW BETHLEHEM – Pennsylvania high school football got underway Friday night for the Curwensville Golden Tide it was not a good start to the 2020 season.
A very good Redbank Valley squad had no problem in shutting out the Tide on the Bulldogs home field 44-0.
The Bulldogs are coming off of a 9-3 record in 2019. A year in which it lost to Coudersport in the District 9 “A” championship game last November.
This year looks like another shot for the Bulldogs to be in the hunt for a District title as it put the game in the mercy rule to start the second half, after taking a 37-0 lead over visiting Curwensville.
Redbank scored on the opening possession as Hudson Martz ran in the season’s first score, a 25 yard journey with 9:02 to play in the first quarter followed by the two point conversion.
The Bulldogs made it 15-0 after one when quarterback Gunner Mangiantini found Kobe Bonanno on a 14 yard TD pass with 4:38 to play before the second quarter. Derrick Downs added the PAT.
Scoring three touchdowns in the second quarter sealed the deal for Redbank Valley as Mangiantini had a hand in all three of the scores.
Redbank scored all three of those TDs within the final 4:19 to play before the break. The first was a 28 yard pass from Mangiantini to Tate Minich. The next, at 1:19, saw Mangiantini run one in from 39 yards out and the third second quarter tally came on a 35 yard strike from Mangiantini to Marquese Gardlock as time expired.
The Bulldogs added successful two point conversions after the first two scores in the second and had a PAT attempt blocked on the third TD. Nonetheless the Bulldogs took a 37-0 bulge into the break.
Mangiantini only threw one incompletion during the game, as he finished 10 of 11 for 129 yards. Martz eclipsed the century mark with 101 yards on eight carries.
Only one score was added in the second 24 minutes and that was in third quarter when Trenton Rupp scored on a seven yard run with Landon Pence added the extra point to set the final at 44-0.
The Tide are home for its season opener next Friday, hosting Sheffield. Game time is 7 pm.
Listen to the Golden Tide-Wolverines battle on WOKW-FM, 102.9, beginning with the pre-game show
at 6:45 pm.
CURWENSVILLE 0 0 0 0 0
REDBANK VALLEY 15 22 7 0 44
1ST QUARTER CURW RV
RV 9:02 Hudson Martz 25 yard run
Cam Wagner pass to Brenden Shreckengost two point conversion 0 8
RV 4:38 Gunnar Mangiantini 14 yard pass to Kobe Bonanno
Derrick Downs PAT 0 15
RV 4:19 Mangiantini 28 yard pass to Tate Minich
Mangiantini pass to Brenden Shreckengost two point conversion 0 23
RV 1:19 Mangiantini 39 yard run
Mangiantini pass to Marquese Gardlock two point conversion 0 31
RV 0:00 Mangiantini 35 yard pass to Gardlock
PAT attempt blocked 0 37
RV 6:37 Trenton Rupp 7 yard run
Landon Pence PAT 0 44