NEW KINGSTOWN — It was simply too easy for Cumberland Valley at the start of the game.
The Eagles rolled to a 28-0 lead after one half, and although Chambersburg did a better job in the second half, that was way too much to overcome. CV ended up with a 35-13 Mid Penn Commonwealth Division football game Friday night at Chapman Field.
“We didn’t start to fight until late in the first half,” Trojan coach Mark Luther said. “It was too easy for them. We missed tackles and their athletes made some plays, then we hung our heads and pouted.
“We need to get mad, so that the next time, you beat your guy. We have to win those one-on-one battles. We don’t seem to understand how to do that right from the beginning of the game.”
The Eagles (4-0, 1-0 MPC) went 79 yards in five plays to begin the game, with each of the plays gaining at least 10 yards. Cole McCoy finished it off on a 30-yard run on which he broke at least three tackles.
On CV’s next possession, a play-action fake by quarterback Jared Plessinger caused the defense to bite and Penn State recruit Charlie Katshir got behind the defense for a 45-yard catch. It was 14-0 after just nine Cumberland Valley plays.
In the second quarter, Katshir scored on a 70-yard run after misdirection got the Trojans leaning, and he broke several tackles to boot. Jake Palmer ran 12 yards for a score to make it 28-0 to complete a six-play drive on which CV had five plays of at least nine yards and overcame a 15-yard penalty.
“On those long runs, we missed a lot of tackles,” Luther said.
The defense stopped CV just once in the first half, helped by another lengthy penalty by the Eagles.
But the Trojan offense showed some spark in the opening half, picking up eight first downs. Sophomore running back Keshawn Jones displayed his skill set several times, using his hops to pick up 114 yards on 24 carries for the game.
Chambersburg reached the CV 18 late in the first half, but quarterback Tyler Collier — back after being injured in the season opener — had the ball slip out of his hand on an attempted pass and it was ruled a fumble.
Luther said, “At halftime, we tried to get them focused on winning the second half, and we did that.”
The Eagles made it 35-0 on Plessinger’s five-yard run with 3:39 left in the third quarter, which invoked the mercy rule.
Finally, in the fourth, after recovering a CV fumble, Collier threw a bomb to a streaking Devin Carbaugh and Carbaugh stretched out to haul it in for a 51-yard touchdown. It was a pass that went about 55 yards in the air and Carbaugh made an excellent catch.
Another fumble by the Eagles created another opportunity and Jones cashed it in with a 16-yard jaunt with 7:04 left for the final points of the game.
Luther said, “Jones gives us a different way to attack the defense, and we moved the ball (289 yards). But we dropped too many passes, and we killed a couple of drives by doing that.
“Some guys just aren’t expecting themselves to make a play — they doubt themselves. We have to get them to believe in themselves. They have the physical tools, but you have to have the mental aspect, too.”
The Trojans (0-4, 0-1 MPC) will finally have their first home game of the season next Friday, in a game against Central Dauphin East.
Cumberland Valley 35, Chambersburg 13
Chambersburg 0 0 0 0 — 13
Cumb. Valley 14 14 7 0 — 35
CV — Cole McCoy 30 run (Tim Kissinger kick), 10:29
CV — Charlie Katshir 45 pass from Jared Plessinger (Kissinger kick), 6:26
CV — Katshir 70 run (Kissinger kick), 8:28
CV — Palmer 12 run (Kissinger kick), 1:53
CV — Plessinger 5 run (Kissinger kick), 3:39
Ch — Devin Carbaugh 51 pass from Tyler Collier (Tyler Luther kick), 10:07
Ch — Keshawn Jones 16 run (kick blocked), 7:04
First downs 15 19
Rushes-yards 30-126 36-324
Passing yards 161 133
Total offense 287 457
Passing 10-25-1-161 6-7-0-133
Fumbles-lost 2-1 3-3
Punts-avg. 5-30.0 1-36.0
Penalties-yards 4-25 6-81
Rushing — Chbg, Jones 24-114, Pierre Alcegaire 1-15, Jamie Ramos 2-(-1), Collier (3-(-2). CV, Palmer 14-128, Katshir 2-67, Chase Ebersole 8-53, McCoy 4-50, Plessinger 2-16, Galen Witmer 3-9, Connor Strous 3-1.
Passing — Chbg, Collier 9-22-0-143, Brady Stumbaugh 1-3-1-18. CV, Plessinger 6-7-0-133.
Receiving — Chbg, Carbaugh 1-51, Justin Reichenbach 2-34, Kyere Morton 5-23, Keaton Morris 1-18, Cota Heckman 1-17. CV, Katshir 3-80, McCoy 2-35, Stone Huffman 1-15.
Interceptions — CV, Matthew Barrick.