Conestoga Valley used field possession that led to quick scores on Friday to down Lebanon 56-6 on the Cedars’ Homecoming Night.

The loss drops the Cedars to 0-6, (0-3 in Lancaster-Lebanon League Division 2 play) while the Buckskins improved to 5-1 overall, 2-0 in the division. 

Conestoga Valley needed only one play to score from eight yards out following a 32-yard punt return that placed the Buckskins inside the Cedars’ 10-yard line. That made the score 7-0 with 8:53 to play in the first quarter.

The Cedars responded with a TD of their own on the third play from scrimmage in their second drive of the game. Following a short kickoff that set up the Cedars with great field position, the Cedars would need only four plays to cut the lead to 7-6.

Senior wide receiver turned quarterback Paul Trace hit sophomore wide receiver Malachi Briddel in the flat for a pass completion and run by Briddel that went 69 yards for the touchdown. The Cedars missed the extra point, however, to keep the score at 7-6. 

Cedars head coach Frank Isenberg said the QB-WR duo is developing a strong onfield connection. 

“We’re a work in progress at quarterback,” said Isenberg. “As I’ve said, I put Paul Trace in a difficult situation a few weeks back and he’s growing. Malachi Briddel, a sophomore, I mean, he’s athletic, he is a dude. He’s a young guy but you can see the capabilities he has. Early on in that second drive, you could see that he’s a playmaker for us. I don’t know if people know he’s the real deal.”

Down 21-6 early in the second quarter, the Cedars ran what appeared to be the same play with Trace connecting with Briddel in the flat for a catch and the Cedar’s speedy WR shedding his defender. Briddel turned on the jets and burned down the CV sideline, untouched, for what appeared to be a 92-yard touchdown. 

A penalty against the Cedars, however,  negated the play and a touchdown that would have pulled them to within nine points. Isenberg was puzzled by the call, telling the referees at the time that both of his players were wide receivers and were in a legal formation.

“They said it was an illegal formation,” said Isenberg. “They were (legal) on film, but, I mean, it’s something you can’t change. Yeah, it was a big play, and it would have kept us in the game at that point, too. It was definitely a bad call for us, but it happens.”

Conestoga Valley used their ground game coupled with some timely passes and field position to reach the end zone multiple times with drives that required five plays or fewer for the Buckskins to score. 

The Buckskins possessed the ball around midfield nearly the entire evening as the Cedars’ inability to move the ball along with several untimely personal foul calls cost them valuable field position.

Leading 42-6 at the half, Conestoga Valley inserted their second team into the game to grind the ball on the ground and the time on the clock in the second half. 

The Buckskins’ longest drive of the evening, an 11-play, 71-yard, run-only drive that lasted more than the last six minutes of the third quarter, culminating with a touchdown at the start of the final stanza. 

The game began under cloudy but dry skies and on a somber note as players on both teams and their fans conducted a moment of silence in memory of Lebanon School District superintendent Arthur Abrom. Abrom passed away earlier this week following a nine-year battle with cancer. 

The Lebanon Cedars during a moment of silence in honor of district superintendent Arthur Abrom who passed away earlier this week after a nine year battle with cancer. (James Mentzer)

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On a much happier note, the Cedars crowned their 2023 homecoming court and named Ramone Urena as homecoming king and Aggy Discuillo as homecoming queen. Griffin Gonzalez and Aaliyah Ferrer, 2022 homecoming king and queen respectively, relinquished their crowns to the new royalty as the halftime festivities came to a close. 

Aggy Discuillo and Ramone Urena are Lebanon Cedar’s 2023 Homecoming queen and king. (James Mentzer)
Lebanon Cedars Marching Band performs during homecoming festivities during halftime at Friday’s game. Here, the percussion plays the hit single “Bitter Sweet Symphony” by The Verve. (James Mentzer)

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Head Coach: Frank Isenberg

Assistant Coaches: Greg Herr, Tyler Roth, Jason Capello, Nathan Myers

Jersey NumberNamePositionGrade
2Derek InfanteWR/DBSenior
4Riquelme EstevezWR/DBSenior
5Jack HerrWR/LBSenior
6Derrick BriddellWR/DBSenior
7Tayvian RiveraWR/DBSenior
8Malachi BriddellWR/DBSophomore
9Aidan FernandezTE/LBSenior
10Brandyn CastroQBJunior
11Braylon BeaverWR/DBSenior
12Jahkeim MedlockRB/DBSenior
13Benjamin FenstermakerWR/DBSenior
14Jeavon CortesWR/LBSenior
15Paul TraceWR/DBSenior
16Josiah WrightTE/DLSenior
17Kareem StonerQB/DBJunior
18Juan RiveraWR/DBSophomore
19Jovani Rivera-GonzalezWR/DBSophomore
20Kai RiveraRB/LBJunior
21Sebastian PolancoRB/LBSophomore
22Camron BuchmoyerRB/LBSophomore
24Anthony KlishWR/DBSophomore
25Nathan BorderRB/LBSenior
26Jesucristo Echevarria FigueroaWR/LBJunior
27Jamil GordonWR/DBSophomore
30Messiah WilsonTE/LBJunior
32Josean WrightWR/LBFreshman
33Issac CortesWR/LBJunior
34Reinaldo RiveraRB/LBJunior
50Colin DaughertyKSenior
52Omar Aguilar-OrtizOL/DLJunior
54Ethan RiveraOL/DLSophomore
60Dujhan BaezOL/DLJunior
62Daniel HersheyOL/DLSophomore
64Derryck BrickleOL/DLSophomore
65Mahkye CortesOL/DLSenior
65Colin JohnsenOL/DLSenior
70Elis Bentez JimenezOL/DLSophomore
72Cayden ClentimackOL/DLJunior
75Cameron HarbaughOL/DLSophomore
76Omar MileteOL/DLJunior
78Corbett BrickleOL/DLSenior
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James Mentzer is a freelance writer whose published works include the books Pennsylvania Manufacturing: Alive and Well; Bucks County: A Snapshot in Time; United States Merchant Marine Academy: In Service to the Nation 1943-2018; A Century of Excellence: Spring Brook Country Club 1921-2021; Lancaster...