Junior squad loses muddy battle with Redbank

NEW BETHLEHEM — The A. J. Parise Youth Football junior team lost its third game of the season to Redbank Valley, 12-0 Saturday in New Bethlehem.

Both teams were hampered by a soggy field, but the Bulldogs were able to score on their first two possessions of the game and hold on for the victory.

The Chucks opened the contest with the ball, but fumbled on a second-and-long, giving Redbank the rock at the 38.

The Punxsy defense forced Redbank into a fourth-and-10, when the Bulldogs' Hunter Buzzard was able to break loose for a 24-yard score.

Logan Deats and Dylan Ishman stopped Ethan Hetrick's conversion attempt to hold the score at 6-0.

Punxsy opened its next drive with an Ishman pass completion to his cousin, Derek Ishman, for a 24-yard gain.

The Chucks were able to move the ball to the 10 but failed to get the first down, turning the ball over on downs early in the second quarter.

A Punxsy offsides on a fourth down kept the Redbank offense alive on its next drive, and on a third-and-four, Hunter Martz followed his blockers around the right side and outran the Chucks defense for a 73-yard touchdown.

Punxsy had one more chance with the ball in the first half but, again, had their drive stall — this time at the 30.

"We moved the ball but just couldn't finish our drives today," Punxsy head coach Brian Ishman said. "The kids are playing hard."

Redbank received the second half kick, but the Punxsy defense held strong, and a Brent Baker tackle against Martz gave the Chucks the ball at the 49.

Ishman hooked up with Holden Griffith on a 17-yard pass six plays into the drive to set up a first down at the 19.

Punxsy moved the ball to the seven, but on the last play of third quarter, a Punxsy pass was intercepted in the end zone to halt yet another drive.

Redbank never relinquished possession of the ball in the fourth stanza, sealing its victory.

The Punxsy defense was led by John Butler with seven tackles.

Zach Thorpe added six tackles; Logan Deats had five tackles; and Griffith had four tackles.

Conner Giavedoni paced the Chucks offense with 43 yards rushing, and Dylan Ishman was two-for-five in the passing department for 41 yards, to accent 35 yards on the ground.

Punxsy's next game will be Saturday when it hosts East Brady at Jack LaMarca Stadium in a 5:45 contest.