BLAIRSVILLE — A 3-game shedding streak will not be the way in which anybody prefers to enter the postseason.
The Portage Mustangs will enter the District 6 Class 1A playoffs within the reverse style from the way in which they began. Portage completed the common season with a 21-6 loss to River Valley on Friday evening in a Heritage Convention-WestPAC crossover sport at Ernie Widmar Discipline at Memorial Stadium.
“A few weeks in the past, we performed a crew that we thought we gave it away. We began off nice; after which within the second half pale,” Mustangs coach Marty Slanoc stated. “Final week we didn’t present up. (Windber) was higher than we have been.”
Play of the sport: Connor Rebo recovered a fumbled snap on the River Valley 30-yard line. This led to a seven-play scoring march that ended with a 1-yard landing run by Angelo Bartolini.
Participant of the sport: Bartolini, a senior, led all rushers with 129 yards on 29 makes an attempt. He scored a pair of touchdowns (1 and eight yards).
Unsung hero: Jon Wolford led Portage with 5 go receptions for 89 yards. He additionally ran for the Mustangs’ lone landing, a 1-yard run that got here within the third interval.
Most significant statistics: River Valley rushed for 169 yards and racked up 9 of its 11 first downs in a primary half by which it constructed a 14-0 lead.
Slanoc on Bartolini: “They’ve acquired a line up entrance that may transfer folks. And in the event that they’re not (transferring) he can transfer them himself. He’s a tricky child.”
River Valley coach Jess Houser: “(Bartolini’s) a tough runner. As soon as he will get going, he will get increasingly more pumped up, and he retains rolling.”
Notable: Portage quarterback Andrew Miko accomplished 8 of 23 passes for 115 yards with no interceptions. … Oren Heidler led the Mustangs with 79 speeding yards. … Bartolini’s obvious 95-yard kickoff return after Wolford’s landing run was known as again due to a holding penalty close to midfield. … River Valley quarterback Braden Staats accomplished 6 of 9 passes for 60 yards. He discovered Rocco Bartolini for a 10-yard scoring go within the second quarter. Staats threw one interception. … Portage has not gained since Oct. 1 towards United in one other WestPAC-Heritage crossover sport. … The Panthers have gained two consecutive video games after a 6-0 begin that was adopted by successive losses to Homer-Middle and Cambria Heights.
Data: Portage (6-3), River Valley (8-2).
Subsequent week: The groups will study Sunday who they formally will play within the District 6 playoffs.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Portage 0 0 6 0 — 6
River Valley 7 7 0 7 — 21
RV–A. Bartolini 1 run (Behanna kick), 4:10.
RV–R. Bartolini 10 go from Staats (Behanna kick), 7:01.
P–Wolford 1 run (kick failed), 3:49.
RV–Bartolini 8 run (Behanna kick), 2:10.
TEAM STATISTICS P RV
First downs 11 11
Complete yards 249 229
Rushes-yards 33-134 43-169
Yards passing 115 60
Passing (Comp.-Att.-Int.) 8-23-0 6-9-1
Punts-avg. 3-26.6 3-38.3
Fumbles-lost 2-1 1-0
Penalties-yards 7-66 4-36
RUSHING–Portage, Heidler 11-79, Wolford 14-52, Miko 3-8, TEAM 1-(-1), Claar 4-(-4). River Valley, A. Bartolini 29-129, McFarlin 4-23, R. Bartolini 3-15, Staats 2-10, Skirboll 1-7, Woodring 1-(-10) .
PASSING–Portage, Miko 8-23-0-115. River Valley, Staats 6-9-1-60.
RECEIVING–Portage, Wolford 5-89, Claar 1-13, Kennedy 1-9, Heidler 1-4. River Valley, Witmer 2-23, R. Bartolini 2-20, Skirboll 2-17.