NEW BETHLEHEM — Trailing 22-7 less than four minutes into the second quarter, the Redbank Valley Bulldogs climbed out of a two-touchdown deficit and notched a 36-28 win over visiting Union on Homecoming Night Thursday.
The Bulldogs (5-0) preserved the win late when they stopped Union on a would-be go-ahead two-point conversion with 7:08 left in the game. Then after milking the clock down to 53 seconds left in the game, the Bulldogs sealed the win when Austin Schreckengost intercepted Lane Cicciarelli and returned the pick 28 yards to set the final score.
Redbank Valley quarterback Jake Dougherty completed 15 of 21 passes for 173 yards and threw a 42-yard touchdown pass to Wyatt Hetrick. On the ground, he ran for 76 yards on 14 carries and scored on runs of 4, 1 and 7 yards.
Cicciarelli threw two touchdown passes for Union (2-2), connecting with Gavin Hawk on a 13-yarder and Tyler Wiser on an 11-yarder that was set up by a Wiser blocked punt. Drew Marsh scored on a 35-yard run and Wiser got the Knights to within 29-28 with a 1-yard run, but Cole Morris was stopped short of the two-point conversion.
Cicciarelli completed 19 of 27 passes for 177 yards. Marsh ran for 60 yards on nine carries.
Union fell to 2-2.