Bulldogs start season with 20-point win
BELLEFONTE — Coming into a new and refurbished Rogers Stadium, the Bellefonte football team was hoping to end the near perfect night with a win over a very talented Jersey Shore team.
However, the Bulldogs had every intention of spoiling the evening for the hometown team and its fans.
What looked like a blowout early on by Jersey Shore was thrawrted by a strong comeback by the Red Raiders in the second and third periods before the Bulldogs picked up the pace and was able to make the most of some ill-timed miscues by the special teams en route to a 55-35 win.
“This is my fault. My responsibility. I’m the special teams coach and special teams were not good tonight and that’s my fault,” Bellefonte coach Shanon Manning said. “This is on me. We will do a much better job next week.”
In the end, Jersey Shore went home the winner.
“I thought Tanner (Lorson) played very well tonight. We emphasized a lot tonight that we just want to get a first down. We want to move the sticks,” said Bulldogs coach Tom Gravish. “For the most part they did that. Tanner did a nice job managing some plays and he will have to continue to do that.”
Leading the way for the Bulldogs was quarterback Lorson who threw for 212 yards and ran for 101.
His quarterback counterpart Ethan Rossman threw for 118 yards, and running back CJ Funk muscled out 75 yards on the ground.
Lorson got the game started quickly hitting Stanton Westlin minutes into the game on a 20-yard TD reception.
After holding the Red Raiders on its firs possession, the Bulldogs made it 14-0 as Lorson found Cayden Hess, upping the lead to 14-0 as the game went into the second quarter.
CJ Funk got Bellefonte on the board in the second as he cashed it in from 1-yard out, cutting it to 14-7.
However Lorson scores on consecutive drives to open up a 28-7 advantage as the game went into the final seven minutes of the half.
But the Red Raiders refused to go out of the half without a fight as they battled their way back into the game with touchdowns by Nathan Way as he caught a Rossman pass for a 8-yard TD strike.
On Bellefonte’s next possession, it cut it to a touchdown before the half when Jalen Emel scored on a 10-yard scamper, closing it to 28-21 at the half.
Early in the third, the Red Raiders ties things when Rossman found Mason Grey tying it at 28.
But it was all Jersey Shore from there as they outscored the Red Raiders 23-7 the rest of the way en route to the victory.