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DOYLESTOWN — With the opening of the high school football season came the unveiling of Central Bucks West’s brand new offense — a no-huddle spread.
Quarterback Cody Riemenschneider ran it to virtual perfection.
He threw for 146 yards and three touchdowns while completing 13-of-16 passes as the Bucks shut out Upper Dublin, 31-0, at War Memorial Field on Friday night.
“We give our quarterbacks the opportunity to call from a menu of plays based upon what they see,” CB West coach Brian Hensel said. “Credit goes to our offensive coordinator, Paul Winters, and his staff of receiving coaches, Gio Thomas, Frank Pacifico, for getting the kids ready.”
Riemenschneider distributed the ball among seven receivers and had the Bucks up by four touchdowns at halftime.
“I think (the spread offense) suits me better,” Riemenschneider said. “When I’m forced to pass, I can pass, and when I’m forced to run, I can run. The spread just brings a whole new element to CB West and the players we have. I think it suits us well.”
Mark Ciaudelli had two touchdown receptions, including a 29-yard run down the sideline. Kevin Duggan had a 38-yard TD run and a defensive interception, and Corey Schott pulled down a 19-yard touchdown catch.
The shutout victory was believed to be West’s first in approximately a decade, according to Hensel, who explained that the new offense benefits the other side of the ball as well.
“One of the best advantages the spread gives us is the ability to rotate players through, and that keeps us fresh,” he said. “You see that it helped us defensively tonight. We had solid play from our defensive guys and they weren’t dragging.”
Junior John Derr made his first varsity start at quarterback for Upper Dublin. It was a trial by fire as he went 5-of-11 with two interceptions. The aggressive West ‘D’ held the Cardinals to just 99 yards of offense.
“Our goal is to ‘three-and-out’ every team that we face,” Hensel said. “I think we’ve got guys up front that are learning how to play the game. We try to pride ourselves on being a team that runs to the ball and tackles. If you do those two things basically well, good things can come from it. “
Part of the problem for the Cardinals was that their defense was overworked all night.
“That’s a tough offense to start the season against,” Cardinals coach Bret Stover said of West’s spread attack. “But I thought our defense did a good job. We had some breakdowns, but our offense couldn’t keep their offense off the field.
“A lot of teams are starting to gravitate toward the spread because you don’t have to have all the big guys up front, although they do,” he said of the Bucks. “They did a great job with it and they had a great game plan.”
Khalid Weems was spectacular on special teams for the Cardinals, running back four returns for more than 40 yards apiece.
“He’s going to be electrifying back there,” Stover said. “We just have to find ways to get him the ball on offense. He kind of cramped up a little bit and that kind of limited him offensively.”
The Bucks scored on their second possession of the game with a nine-play, 62-yard drive, capped when Riemenschneider connected with Schott near the goal line. After making a leaping catch, Schott shed several tacklers to reach the end zone.
West added three more touchdowns in the second period. Ciaudelli’s first TD was an eight-yard completion that finished a 12-play drive. Duggan picked off Upper Dublin on the next series, and Ciaudelli quickly scored again.
The Cardinals punted out of their own end zone on their next possession, and then Duggan broke free for his TD.
Bucks kicker Nick Danilo was 4-for-4 on PATs and drilled a 34-yard field goal in the third quarter.
Despite the difficult loss, Stover remained optimistic.
“We’re just not real deep right now and our young kids need to come along,” he said. “When they do, and when we put it all together, you’ll see us compete.”
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CB WEST 31, UPPER DUBLIN 0
Upper Dublin 0 0 0 0 — 0
Central Bucks West 7 21 3 0 — 31
CBW: Corey Schott 19 pass from Cody Riemenschneider (Nick Danilo kick)
CBW: Mark Ciaudelli 8 pass from Riemenschneider (Danilo kick)
CBW: Ciaudelli 29 pass from Riemenschneider (Danilo kick)
CBW: Kevin Duggan 38 run (Danilo kick)
Danilo 34 field goal
First downs: UD 8, CBW 17
Total offense: UD 99, CBW 283
Rushes-yards: UD 38-72, CBW 32-112
Passing yards: UD 27, CBW 171
Fumbles-lost: UD 4-0, CBW 3-2
Turnovers: UD 2, CBW 2
Penalties-yards: UD 8-70, CBW 7-55
Punts: UD 6, CBW 3
UD: Derr 5-11-0-2, 27; Matt Thompson 0-1-0-0.
CBW: Riemenschneider 13-16-3-0, 146; John Fitz 2-2-0-0, 25.
UD: Brad Shildkrout 2-10, Reed Rapine 1-8, Mike Lee 1-6, Ryan Echevarria 1-3.
CBW: Schott 5-62, TD; Ciaudelli 4-46, 2 TD; Kurt Logan 2-21; Thalen Sayres 1-20; Sam Piccone 1-11; Duggan 1-6; Garrett Godshall 1-5.
UD: Rapine 13-52, Khalid Weems 12-26, Zach Brandeis 2-13, Mike Lee 4-9, Chris Matteo 2-2, Elijah Bing 1-(-10), Derr 4-(-20).
CBW: Sherrod Higginbotham 8-42; Duggan 5-39, TD; Riemenschneider 5-18; Fitz 8-16; Connor O'Hanlon 3-4; Schott 2-(-5); Buddy Zanolini 1-(-2).
CBW: Duggan, Piccone
CBW: Vance Sears, Sebastian Silva, Jimmy Bolton, Kevin McCormack.