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Bishop Guilfoyle Defeats Redbank Valley 21-14 in Thrilling 1A PIAA State Title Game

Written by: on Thursday, December 9th, 2021. Follow David Mika on Twitter.


HERSHEY – Bishop Guilfoyle scored a late touchdown with 3:31 left in the game and held off Redbank Valley in a PIAA Class 1A championship game Thursday afternoon at Hersheypark Stadium. 

This is the Marauders’ fourth PIAA State title and first since 2016 when they won three straight titles in a row. 

“We played in four state championships and this was a battle,” said Justin Wheeler. “This was two even matched teams just throwing haymakers and they got one and we got one. It was great high school football and I am so proud of our guys.” 

The first half was a defensive battle. Bishop Guilfoyle got the lone score. Karson Keisewetter scored from one-yard out with 26 seconds left in the first quarter.

The Marauders went into halftime leading 7-0.

Redbank Valley’s offense kicked it in gear. Bryson Bain hit Marquese Gardlock for a 39-yard touchdown pass. Tyson Adams’ kick was good and we were tied at seven with 4:18 left in the third quarter.

Just like any prize fight the other team counters right back. With the game tied the Marauder’s landed their counter punch. 

Tebow and go…

Keisewetter hit Anthony Cioffari on a jump pass that went 57 yards for a touchdown. Bishop Guilfoyle led 14-7 with 2:47 left in the third quarter. 

“We’ve been running the ball and we had that play in but it’s a short-yardage play,” said Wheeler. “We saw the opportunity and we saw the way they were coming and we made the call and Karson and Cioffari’s connection was unbelievable.”

Karson finished the night throwing for 119 yards and rushing for 127 and two touchdowns. 

“Karson has been unbelievable the whole season, especially the last couple of weeks, said Wheeler. “But in the playoffs, he hit a new gear. He makes big plays in big moments.”

Bain to Gardlock again. 

This time from 38-yards out. Once again, the game was tied at 14 with 4:38 remaining in the game.

But, again the Marauders answered right back. Cooper Rother finished off the drive from 14 yards out with 3:21 remaining in the game. 

On the final play of the game, Bishop Guilfoyle’s Hayden Garner came into the game to take the kneel down. He has been trying to play with a knee injury this season.

“Hayden has battled and fought during his injury and tried to play on his injured knee for three games because he wanted to give something to the school and team,” said Wheeler. “Since the surgery, he has been at every practice cheering on his team. Today was the day he got to take a knee on the last play.”

With the win, Bishop Guilfoyle finishes the season with an 11-4 record and Redbank Valley finishes the 2021 season with a 13-2 record.

Bishop Guilfoyle 21, Redbank Valley 14

Final 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Bishop Guilfoyle 7 0 7 7 21
Redbank Valley 0 0 7 7 14

1st Quarter

BG: Karson Keisewetter 1 YD RUN (Deven Wyandt kick) :26

3rd Quarter

RV: Marquese Gardlock 39 YD PASS from Bryson Bain (Tyson Adams kick) 4:18 7 7

BG: Anthony Cioffari 57 YD PASS from Karson Keisewetter (Deven Wyandt kick) 2:47

4th Quarter

RV: Marquese Gardlock 38 YD PASS from Bryson Bain (Tyson Adams kick) 4:38

BG: Cooper Rother 14 YD RUN (Deven Wyandt kick) 3:21

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