STATE COLLEGE — As if the odds weren’t stacked high enough against the Chambersburg football team, injuries are now becoming a big factor.
That wasn’t the reason why the Trojans lost to State College on Friday night at Memorial Stadium in a Mid Penn Commonwealth game, but it was a partial look at why the score was an unsightly 70-20.
And it got ugly quickly — the Little Lions (7-2, 3-2 MPC) led 35-0 after one quarter and 56-6 at halftime.
“We had to play a lot of sophomores against a quality team like that,” Chambersburg coach Mark Luther said, “and they were bigger, faster and stronger than us.”
Already missing Clay Myers and Justin Reichenbach, the Trojans lost Brady Stumbaugh and Andrew Shetter during the game. All play on defense, and that made for an unfair fight against the loaded State College offense.
The Little Lions ran only 32 plays, but picked up 469 yards, which is an astounding 14.65 yards per play. Chambersburg actually ran 64 plays, twice as many, to gain 341 yards.
Plus, as Luther said, “We made some early mistakes to make it easy for them.”
Indeed, the Trojans’ first possession resulted in a blocked punt and the blocker, Ian Barr, scooped the ball up and scored from nine yards out. On State College’s first play from scrimmage, Tristen Lyons bolted 68 yards for a score. An interception of Tyler Collier led to another score by Lyons moments later.
Two more touchdowns in the first quarter made it 35-0, then on Chambersburg’s first possession of the second quarter, Collier was stripped of the ball and Jackson Heasley ran it in from 28 yards.
Despite the two turnovers, Collier had his best performance of the season. He ran the ball 20 times and picked up 119 yards, and he was 8-for-14 for 86 yards and two scores.
Stumbaugh had entered the game in the first period, but was injured and lost for the season on his fourth play. Collier came back in and played well.
Luther said, “Tyler did some good things running the ball. I think he realized that the way the game was going he had to put the guys on his shoulders … and he did. He led a couple of good drives and ultimately got us some points.”
Collier twice hit Devin Carbaugh with scoring tosses, from 11 yards and from 48 yards. Keyshawn Jones notched the other TD on a 7-yard run around the left end.
NOTES: The 341 yards was the highest output of the season for Chambersburg (0-9, 0-5 MPC) … Carbaugh had 4 catches for 71 yards … Jones gained 53 yards on 11 carries … Nathan Rogers played some at QB and took the Trojans to the Lion’s 8 when the game ended … Chambersburg hosts Carlisle on Friday in the season finale.
State College 70, Chambersburg 20
Chambersburg 0 6 14 0 — 20
State College 35 21 7 7 — 70
SC — Ian Barr 9 blocked punt return (Cam Renfrew kick), 9:24
SC — Tristen Lyons 68 run (Renfrew kick), 7:31
SC — Lyons 18 run (Renfrew kick), 6:22
SC — Cohen Russell 30 run (Renfrew kick), 4:07
SC — Isaiah Edwards 49 pass from Tommy Friberg (Renfrew kick), 0:03
SC — Jackson Heasley 28 fumble return (Renfrew kick), 10:28
Ch — Devin Carbaugh 11 pass from Tyler Collier (kick blocked), 6:36
SC — Lyons 20 run (Renfrew kick), 5:40
SC — Brandon Clark 17 pass from Brady Dorner (Renfrew kick), 0:36
Ch — Carbaugh 48 pass from Collier (Nazeer Taylor kick), 6:57
SC — Edwards 63 run (Renfrew kick), 5:44
Ch — Keyshawn Jones 7 run (Taylor kick), 0:04
SC — Christian Rothrock 15 run (Renfrew kick), 8:56
First downs 20 20
Rushes-yards 41-205 21-335
Passing yards 136 134
Total offense 341 469
Passing 11-23-2 7-11-0
Punts-average 5-30.8 1-44
Fumbles-lost 1-1 1-1
Penalties-yards 3-25 5-40
Rushing — Chbg, Collier 20-119, Jones 11-53, Tucker Heckman 4-17, Nathan Rogers 2-13, Tyaire Durant 2-4, Brady Stumbaugh 2-(-1). SC, Lyons 6-131, Edwards 4-84, Rothrock 6-35, Russell 1-30, Dresyn Green 1-29, Dorner 3-26.
Passing — Chbg, Collier 8-14-1-86, Rogers 3-6-0-33, Stumbaugh 2-2-0-17, Jones 1-0-1-0. SC, Friberg 4-7-0-87, Dorner 3-4-0-47.
Receiving — Chbg, Carbaugh 4-71, Keaton Morris 2-26, Seth Brouse 2-20, Alex Papinski 2-14, T.Heckman 1-5. SC, Clark 4-69, Edwards 1-49, Anthony Mobley 1-16, Jerremy Bullock 1-10.
Interceptions — SC, Titus Thompson, Tanner Brandimar.