ST. MARYS — Lack of a running game and the inability to stop the run doomed Bellefonte as the Red Raiders wrapped up their season with a 24-0 loss at St. Marys Friday night.
The Red Raiders had just 72 total rushing yards. Kahsim Buey led the team with 89 yards on the ground, but Buey was the only Bellefonte ball carrier who finished with positive rushing yards. Three other players, Sahir Breon, Jordan Fye, and Brian White combined to rush for negative 17 yards on 12 carries.
St. Marys did find success in the running game. The Dutchmen passed the ball just once, a 22-yard completion from Alex Coudriet to Robbie Glass. The other 48 offensive playes were all runs.
Alex Feldbauer led all rushers with 153 yards on 25 carries and three touchdowns. Joe Luchini pitched in with 14 carries for 91 yards and a touchdown. St. Marys finished with 280 rushing yards.
“At the end of the day we had a good game plan. We were able to step up and make plays defensively, but at the end of the day you have to finish drives and finish plays and we fell short tonight,” Bellefonte head coach Dan Besch said.
St. Marys took a 6-0 lead in the first quarter when Feldbauer finished a 58-yard drive with a 2-yard touchdown run.
Bellefonte responded with a 15-play drive which consumed most of the opening quarter. However the drive stalled at the St. Marys 35-yard line. Neither side was able to put together a scoring drive over the final 20 minutes of the first half as the score remained 6-0 at halftime.
The Red Raiders looked to quarterback Jordan Fye to move the ball through the air especially in the second half. Fye completed 4 of 10 passes for 29 yards in the first half, but threw the ball 22 times after the break.
Fye completed eight passes in the second half for 110 yards, but couldn’t bunch completions together to create a scoring opportunity. Temperatures in the low 30s and gusting winds didn’t help the passing game as several on target passes were dropped. Fye also had a pass picked off by Feldbauer in the third quarter which set up St. Marys second touchdown.
Feldbauer intercepted Fye’s pass at the Bellefonte 35 and returned the ball to the 18 yard-line. From there it took just one play for Luchini to find the end zone, giving the Dutchmen a 12-0 lead.
Feldbauer added two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter to set the final score at 24-0.
“These aren’t the best conditions for passing the football, but we have to make those catches. When you are trying to come from behind you have kids trying to make plays and they played their hearts out and I can’t thank them enough for the effort they have put in,” Besch added.
Bellefonte finished the season with a 2-8 record.