CHAMBERSBURG — It was very tempting to simply publish the boxscore you see below, pack up the laptop and go get something cold to drink.
Because the sooner the 82-3 debacle that Harrisburg laid on Chambersburg at Trojan Stadium on Friday night — on Homecoming to boot — is forgotten, the better it will be for almost all concerned.
“I really have nothing to say,” Trojan coach Mark Luther said. “There are no positives from this game.”
Harrisburg (6-0, 3-0 MPC) might disagree, but not loudly. The Cougars’ starters got to play only one half, and used the time to put up 60 points. The No. 1-ranked Class 5A team in the state had a chance to show off all of its gaudy talent, both on offense and defense, but they didn’t have a lot of meaningful opposition.
“They have a very athletic team, and our kids didn’t want to fight,” Luther said. “Our kids have too much doubt in the back of their mind.”
There was one glimmer of good play by Chambersburg. After the Coogs’ Ronald Kent Jr. returned the opening kickoff 94 yards for a score and the Trojans went three and out, Harrisburg set up shop at its own 49.
The next three plays netted minus-43 yards. Micah Parsons was thrown for a 3-yard loss. After an incomplete pass, QB Yahmir Wilkerson lost 10 yards. Parsons was sent back to punt, but couldn’t corral at high snap and was dragged down at the Cougar 11 by Brady Stumbaugh.
But Chambersburg couldn’t take advantage — three plays netted minus-4 yards and Nazeer Taylor had to kick a 27-yard field goal. It was 6-3 with 6:26 left.
After that, well, just picture a parade of white jerseys crossing the Trojan goal line. Parson scored three times, Wilkerson threw a trio of TD passes (2 to Shaquon Anderson-Butts) and Tameke Evans hit paydirt twice — the last with 1:41 left when taking a knee might have been a nicer decision.
The Trojans lost two of their six fumbles, gave up a safety after a fumbled snap, had a punt blocked and had a pass intercepted. Chambersburg totaled minus-10 yards on 34 rushes.
“The bottom line is, we have to forget about this and move on,” Luther said. “Our younger kids have never experienced a loss like this. I hope they understand that if they want to compete with these teams we play, they will have to put in a lot of work.”
The Trojans (0-6, 0-3 MPC) travel to Cedar Cliff (3-3) for a non-division contest next Friday.
Harrisburg 82, Chambersburg 3
Harrisburg 26 34 8 14 — 82
Chambersburg 3 0 0 0 — 0
H — Ronald Kent 94 kickoff return (run failed), 11:46
C — Nazeer Taylor 27 field goal, 6:26
H — Shaquon Anderson-Butts 19 pass from Yahmir Wilkerson (pass failed), 5:00
H — Micah Parsons 38 run (pass failed), 2:12
H — Parsons 34 run (Jahmir Plant pass from Wilkerson), 0:40
H — Parsons 6 run (Anderson-Butts pass from Wilkerson), 10:13
H — Na’Reece Glenn 37 pass from Wilkerson (Rynell Gantt pass from Wilkerson), 9:25
H — Safety, player tackled in end zone, 9:09
H — Anderson-Butts 19 pass from Wilkerson (Kent pass from Wilkerson), 7:52
H — Plant 6 run (Plant run), 5:36
H — John McNeil 13 run (Dana Purdy run), 2:28
H — Tymeke Evans 1 run (run failed), 9:55
H — Evans 20 run (Evans run), 1:41
First downs 22 5
Rushes-yards 40-273 34-(-10)
Passing yards 145 59
Total offense 418 49
Passing 8-14-0 6-13-1
Fumbles 0-0 6-2
Punts-average 0-0 6-30
Penalties-yards 8-70 3-15
Rushing — Harr, Purdy 9-69, Parsons 7-68, Evans 11-63, Plant 6-46, Wilkerson 4-23, McNeil 1-13, Donnell Henriquez 1-(-2), Anderson-Butts 1-(-7). Chbg, Kyere Morton 10-34, Keshawn Jones 10-20, Clay Myers 2-3, Seth Brouse 1-(-3), Brady Stumbaugh 2-(-19), Tyler Collier 9-(-45).
Passing — Harr, Wilkerson 8-13-0-145, McNeil 0-1-0-0. Chbg, Collier 5-11-1-49, Stumbaugh 1-2-0-10.
Receiving — Harr, Anderson-Butts 3-67, Henriquez 3-39, Glenn 1-37, Gantt 1-20. Chbg, Steven Swain 1-33, Keaton Morris 1-10, Brouse 2-9, Justin Reichenbach 2-7.
Interceptions — Harr, Gantt.