HIGHLAND PARK — When they had to make a stop on defense, Chambersburg was not up to the task Friday night.
Cedar Cliff was 2-for-2 on fourth-down attempts and 8-for-12 on third downs against the Trojans and that played a big part in the Colts claiming a 35-14 non-league football victory at West Shore Stadium.
Two third-down conversions helped Cedar Cliff (4-3) go 80 yards in nine plays to score a touchdown with 1:35 left in the first half, take a 21-7 lead into the locker room and change momentum.
That TD came just after Chambersburg (0-7) put together one of its best drives in several weeks to get on the scoreboard. Quarterback Tyler Collier ran four times for 31 yards and Keyshawn Jones had three carries for 39 yards, including taking the ball into the end zone from 26 yards out.
The Colts lost QB Chris Dare on the second series when he was hurt on a running play on which he fumbled the ball away.
But Bobby Whalen, who was the starter early in the season, replaced him and was the key performer for Cedar Cliff. He carried 14 times for 125 yards and three touchdowns, and connected on 11 of 17 passes for another 137 yards.
Facing a fourth-and-2 at the Trojan 36 late in a scoreless first period, Whalen faked a handoff and rolled to his right and was never touched until his teammates congratulated him in the end zone.
Chambersburg’s defense did make one good stand on the Colts’ next possession, which began with Brady Ebersole’s interception.
From first-and-goal from the 2, the Trojans stuffed two runs by Mike Dubas and Whalen threw incomplete. When Reed Bertram attempted a chip-shot field goal, Chambersburg was able to block the kick.
The Trojans managed to get into Cedar Cliff territory only three times in the game and scored on two of them. The second time ended when Collier was sacked and fumbled the ball away.
On its last possession, Chambersburg quarterback Brady Stumbaugh ran for 16 yards and was 3-for-3 passing for 41 yards. He hit Cota Heckman (11 yards) and Seth Brouse (21) for first downs, then threw a 9-yard scoring pass to Devin Carbaugh with 2:53 remaining.
The Trojans host Central Dauphin on Friday at 7 p.m.
Cedar Cliff 35, Chambersburg 14
Chambersburg 0 7 0 7 — 14
Cedar Cliff 7 14 7 7 — 35
CC — Bobby Whalen 36 run (Reed Bertram kick), 2:12
CC — Mike Dubas 12 run (Bertram kick), 7:21
Ch — Keyshawn Jones 26 run (Nazeer Taylor kick), 4:44
CC — Brady Ebersole 21 pass from Whalen (Bertram kick), 1:35
CC — Whalen 3 run (Bertram kick), 1:00
CC — Whalen 1 run (Bertram kick), 5:56
Ch — Devin Carbaugh 9 pass from Brady Stumbaugh (Taylor kick), 2:53
First downs 13 24
Rushes-yards 31-146 48-274
Passing yards 82 144
Total offense 228 418
Passing 8-22-1 12-19-0
Fumbles-lost 1-1 1-1
Punts-average 5-30.8 2-39.5
Penalties-yards 1-22 4-25
Rushing — Chbg, Jones 17-90, Tyler Collier 8-30, Stumbaugh 1-16, Tucker Heckman 4-8, Andrew Shetter 1-2. CC, Whalen 14-125, Dubas 19-89, Jaheim Morris 8-30, Pedro Clinton 2-17, JaQuan Barnes 3-8.
Passing — Chbg, Collier 5-19-1-41, Stumbaugh 3-3-0-41. CC, Whalen 11-17-0-137, Chris Dare 1-2-0-7.
Receiving — Chbg, Seth Brouse 4-47, Cota Heckman 2-18, Carbaugh 2-17. CC, Nick Yarnevich 3-33, Caden Malone 3-29, Ebersole 2-30, Alex Lantz 1-24, Dubas 1-16, Whalen 1-7, Christian Martinet 1-5.
Missed field goals — CC, Bertam 19 (blocked).
Interceptions — CC, Ebersole.