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Caseys trump Bulldogs, 28-0

The Dawgs fell to 7-3 on the season with a loss to the rival Caseys in the final game of the season.

by Josh Fendrick

The RFH football season came to a close on Wednesday night with a 28-0 loss in the annual Thanksgiving rivalry game against the Caseys of Red Bank Catholic. With the loss, the Dawgs record on the season fell to 7-3, marking three straight winning seasons for this senior class.

The Caseys kicked off the scoring on the first drive of the game, as they elected to receive the opening kickoff. In a play reminiscent of Tim Tebow and the Florida Gators, David Reeves tip-toed to the line of scrimmage after receiving a handoff, before bouncing back, and tossing a pass to Luke McCarthy for the touchdown.

Red Bank Catholic's next score would come on their third drive of the game, with 9:28 left in the second quarter. On the 9th play of a 63 yard drive, running back Nolan Vill took the ball for a 13-yard touchdown run, bringing the score to 14-0.

After that touchdown by Vill, the RFH defense found some rhythm, as the last two Casey drives of the half yielded no points. Tucker Hawley missed a 28 yard field goal attempt, and RFH stopped RBC on a 4th down play, leaving the halftime score at 14-0.

Early in the third quarter, it appeared as if the momentum had shifted in favor of the Bulldogs, when senior Josh Brister recovered a fumble on a Casey punt return. The RFH offense drove and a got a 1st and goal on the 4 yard line, before being stopped on 4 consecutive plays by a clearly determined Casey defense. That goal line stand shifted the momentum back to RBC, and the Casey's never looked back from there.

Vill would put the game out of reach for RFH with 5:03 left in the 4th quarter, when he jumped over the pile for his second touchdown of the night, a 2-yard score. His fourth touchdown came with 1:08 left in the game, when he took it in from 15 yards out. Vill would finish with 206 yards on the evening.

The Dawgs were led offensively by senior Paul Babiak, who rushed 13 times for 35 yards. Ultimately, it was a frustrating night for a Bulldog offense that struggled to move the ball against a dominating Casey defense.

Despite the loss, the RFH seniors still have plenty to be proud of. They will graduate with more wins than any other seniors in the history of RFH football, according to head coach Shane Fallon, as they obtained 7 wins as sophomores, 9 wins as juniors, and 7 wins as seniors.