RRR Roadhouse Game of the Week: Brockway, Redbank Valley to Square Off in D9 Semis

DUBOIS, Pa. (D9SPORTS.COM) – The District 9 Class A semifinals will make its home at E.J. Mansell Stadium Saturday. At 1 p.m., the Kane Wolves take on the Curwensville Golden Tide while the 6 p.m. game features the Brockway Rovers and Redbank Valley Bulldogs.

The winners advance to next week’s championship game at a site and time to be announced.

Last meeting: Brockway 28, Redbank Valley 14 (First round, last year)

At New Bethlehem, after both teams scored touchdowns in their first two possessions, the Rovers pulled away for the win. Anthony Benson ran for a pair of 2-yard fourth-quarter touchdowns to clinch the win for the Rovers. Benson ran for 99 yards on 20 carries and scored three touchdowns while Anthony Isabella ran for 70 yards on 15 carries. The Bulldogs got two touchdown passes from Jake Dougherty to Nick Shoemaker.

Outlook: The KSAC-Small champion Redbank Valley Bulldogs rebuilt their offense quite well after losing four-year starting quarterback Jake Dougherty. Senior Connor Shoemaker has played well at QB, throwing for 971 yards and 16 touchdowns. But the big emerging factor has been the running game featuring Wyatt Hetrick. With just 79 carries for the season, including 47 in the Bulldogs’ last two games, he’s at 784 yards and he also leads the team in receiving with 31 catches for 590 yards. Hetrick’s 1,874 all-purpose yards (return yards included) is a team record. He’s returned two kickoffs for touchdowns and on defense leads the team in tackles (68) and interceptions (5). Meanwhile, the Rovers have withstood key injuries and adjusted on the fly. After losing Anthony Isabella to a knee injury in Week 4, the Rovers have looked to quarterback Hunter Miller and running back Mark Latuska to shoulder much of the offensive load. Miller has thrown for 958 yards and 10 touchdowns while running for 623 yards and three scores. Latuska has 859 yards and 14 touchdowns. Defensively, three juniors lead the team in tackles with Quinn Lundberg (70), Latuska (69) and Hunter Antonuccio (66). The Rovers got an emotional lift last week with the return of Mike Martino last week. Martino is back from a knee injury he originally suffered in a 7-on-7 game ironically in New Bethlehem over the summer. He’s cleared only to long snap on kicks.

Fans can listen to the game to the game live on exploreClarion.com, with the Kerle Tire Pre-Game Show starting at 5:00 p.m.

The following local sponsors have signed on to make this year’s RRR Roadhouse KSAC Game of the Week possible:

All American Awards and Engraving Clarion County Community Bank Clarion Forest VNA
Dagny Design Group DE Sports, Inc. Faller’s Furniture
First United National Bank Gatesman Auto Body Hager Paving
Kahle’s Kitchens Kerle Tire Company Inc. Laurel Eye Clinic
Next Step Therapy Park Inn by Radisson, Clarion RRR Roadhouse
Route 66 Sporting Goods S&W Auto Service Center Inc. Seidle Chevrolet Buick GMC
Shirey Overhead Doors The Clarion Mall The Lerch Group of Janney, Montgomery, Scott, LLC.
The Tavern YMCA Zacherl Motor Truck Sales, Inc.

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