The football season is starting to wind down, now with only three games left in the regular season.
That means Chambersburg has only three more chances to pick up its first win of the year.
The first of those chances is this Friday, with a home game against Mid Penn Commonwealth foe Central Dauphin at 7 p.m. It is also Veterans Night at Trojan Stadium.
The Trojans have an 0-7 record (0-3 MPC), while the Rams enter with a 4-3 record (2-2 MPC).
Chambersburg coach Mark Luther said, “We’re hanging in there, but we’re obviously getting to the last part of the season, and when you haven’t won it gets to be a drag. We need to keep the focus. I talked to the seniors about the fact that they have only three games left in their high school career.
“I’ll be interested to see how they respond to that.”
CD got a taste of how the Trojans felt two weeks ago when they were crushed by Harrisburg. Last Saturday, the Rams trailed 40-0 against the Cougars at halftime and fell 48-13.
“CD kind of felt Harrisburg’s wrath,” Luther said. “But they’ll be a tall task, and they have the biggest offensive line we’re seen this year. They don’t want to pass unless they have to, so we need to stop the run and force them to pass.”
Brady Straub is the Rams’ quarterback and he’s connected on 66 of 117 passes for 968 yards, 8 touchdowns and 5 picks. Running back Mike Wise-Belle has 512 yards and 9 TDs on 115 carries and the top receivers are Saville Pope (19-280, 1 TD) and Grant Smith (13-291, 2 TDs). Ethan Van buskirk is a big kicking threat — he’s hit 8 of 11 field goals, with his longest 49 yards.
Linebacker Adam Burkhart has made 67 tackles, including 5.5 for loss.
Chambersburg’s biggest problem continues to be eliminating its own mistakes. Luther said on the game’s first play last week vs. Cedar Cliff, had an offensive lineman made the block he was supposed to, it would have been a nice gain. On another play, quarterback Tyler Collier made a run up the middle that would have been a TD except that a receiver failed to block the safety, who made the tackle.
“That’s what kills us, those little mistakes,” Luther said. “It seems like on almost every play, we can’t can’t get everybody to do their assignments. If they do, it should be a successful play.
“We watched tape of CD vs. Cumberland Valley. CD completed a short slant pass, the kid broke a tackle and scored. That’s what can happen if you run a play right, but we can’t even complete a slant pass.”
So it seems that if the Trojans are going to come up with a “W” before the season ends, it’s the little things that will make the difference.
NOTES: Trojan offensive leaders: Passing — Collier 21-63, 278 yards, 3 interceptions, 3 TDs; Brady Stumbaugh 23-53, 256 yards, 1 int., 3 TDs … Rushing — Keyshawn Jones 88-504 (5.7 avg.), 4 TDs … Receiving — Seth Brouse 12-119, 1 TD; Justin Reichenbach 9-89; Devin Carbaugh 8-140, 3 TDs.