Bellefonte opens season tonight hosting Jersey Shore

(EXPRESS FILE PHOTO) CJ Funk (8) carries the flag and leads the pack as the Raiders storm the field ahead of a football game last season.


BELLEFONTE- The Bellefonte football team opens the regular season tonight hosting the Jersey Shore Bulldogs. The meeting marks the sixth consecutive Week 1 matchup between the two teams. Last season Chris Persiko drilled the game-winning 26-yard field goal as time expired to hand the Raiders a 17-14 win over the Bulldogs.

Guiding the Red Raiders this season is junior quarterback Ethan Rossman. Rossman replaces former starting quarterback Kyle Myers as he looks to build off the success he saw in limited reps lasts season.

Senior running back CJ Funk returns after a monstrous 1,475 rushing yards and team-high 19 touchdowns in 2018. The gifted athlete is Bellefonte’s most electric weapon– as he figures to have his name called early and often tonight versus Jersey Shore. Funk rushed for 111 yards and two scores last season versus the Bulldogs. The evening was Funk’s first of nine 100-yard rushing games on the season.

Bellefonte’s defense will be tasked with stopping Jersey Shore quarterback Tanner Lorson, and the one-two punch of running backs Josh Malicky and Dawson Sechrist. Malicky is the Bulldogs’ top-returning runner after gaining 659 yards and seven touchdowns last season in his junior campaign. Sechrist added another 584 yards and two scores on the ground.

Kickoff is tonight, 7 p.m., at Rogers Stadium.