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RAIDERS HOLD ON TO BEAT GATORS





Dan Sullivan intercepted a pass that sealed Friday's win over Port Allegany.

Dan Sullivan intercepted a pass that sealed Friday’s win over Port Allegany.

Cameron County High School’s undefeated varsity football team held off a determined Port Allegany squad in a defensive battle last Friday, emerging with a 14-6 victory.

Coach Tony Defilippi’s Red Raiders carry a 7-0 record into Sheffield on Saturday afternoon (1:30) against a Wolverines team that should pose little challenge. They then travel to Smethport next Friday, expecting to polish off a perfect 9-0 sweep of the regular season schedule.

Although the Big Red offense sputtered after an impressive opening drive, the Cameron County defense was ferocious, limiting the Gators (2-5) to just 34 total yards.

After an opening 71-yard drive, the Raider offense gained just 90 more yards. Andy Lippert, Andrew Kesterholt and Randy Schatz carved through the Port Allegany defense on that initial march. Lippert ended it with a five-yard touchdown run and Hunter Bardo drilled the extra point.

Neither team did much offensively after that. It wasn’t until the Red Raiders took possession at the Gator 19 after a bad snap in punt formation that Cameron County fans were able to breathe easier.

Schatz and Kesterholt carried to the one, setting up quarterback Jason Blose’s touchdown plunge on the first play of the fourth quarter. Bardo’s PAT made the score 14-0.

A determined Gator team responded with its only productive drive of the game. Quarterback Bryce Healy hit Camrin Stuckey with a 19-yard gain to the Raider 40. Those same two clicked on a 21-yard pass. Two plays later, Healy scored on a two-yard run. The extra point was blocked.

Cameron County burned several minutes off the clock before Kesterholt punted, pinning Port Allegany back at its 25 in the closing minutes. A pass interception by Daniel Sullivan removed all doubt.

“We hung in there and did what we had to do to win,” Defillipi said. “Port Allegany is a good defensive team, but I was pretty happy with our defense, too.”

Jarek Holjencin’s interception and a pair of sacks by Mike Malizia were among the Raiders’ defensive heroics.

Lippert led a balanced running attack with 64 yards on 12 carries. Schatz had 55 on 13 rushes and Kesterholt gained 53 yards on 10 totes.

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