Crushing second quarter sends Trojans to 56-24 victory

CHAMBERSBURG — Chambersburg played a really good first quarter and held a 14-0 lead over Altoona on Friday.

Jayden Jones

Jayden Jones

But that was nothing compared to the second period.

The Trojans broke loose for 35 points in the second quarter to roll to a 49-0 lead by halftime, taking advantage of a blocked punt, three fumble recoveries and an interception return for a score to produce a 56-24 Mid Penn Commonwealth football victory at Trojan Stadium.

Jayden Jones touched the ball five times and scored three touchdowns for Chambersburg (3-1, 1-0 MPC), Keyshawn Jones rushed for two scores and Brady Stumbaugh threw for two more in the rout.

“We practiced hard all week because we had to bounce back from that loss last week,” Jayden Jones said.

Chambersburg coach Mark Luther said, “I could tell there was great energy in the pregame warmups. We knew we blew it last week, so we talked all week about how we would respond. And they responded well.”

It was apparent from the get-go that the Trojans were ready to play.

A sack by Tyrion Hodges ended the first possession for the Mountain Lions (1-3, 0-1 MPC), and Chambersburg took six plays to score on a 3-yard run by Keyshawn Jones.

A sack by Hodges on Altoona’s second series forced another punt and the Trojans made it 14-0 on a 9-yard Keyshawn Jones run in four plays.

Hodges, who spent most of the first half in the Mountain Lions’ backfield, was in on four sacks.

“We were bringing him underneath and they just couldn’t block him,” Luther said of Hodges.

So that was a pretty good first quarter. But the next one was way better.

Altoona had six possessions in the second quarter, including one that consisted only of the last play of the half. Here’s how the first five went:

No. 1: After getting one first down, the Mountain Lions had to punt, but it was blocked by Garner Funk and Wyatt Hull. Chambersburg took over on the Altoona 24 and scored two plays later on Jayden Jones’ 8-yard run.

No. 2: Carter Sollenberger recovered a fumble by the Lions’ Ethan Stroup on the Trojan 35. A 37-yard pass from Stumbaugh to Terell Williams set them up for Jayden Jones’ 5-yard score.

No. 3: On the second play, Altoona QB Marcus Day’s fumble was recovered by Williams at the Mountain Lions’ 34. Chambersburg overcame three penalties and a second-and-32 situation on an 18-yard screen pass to Jayden Jones, and Stumbaugh’s 20-yard scramble. The scoring play was a 7-yard pass from Stumbaugh to Williams.

No. 4: On the first play, Altoona’s Edwin Franklin lost the ball and Xavier Trawick fell on it at the Lion 33. Nolan Fernandez rumbled 23 yards, then Stumbaugh found Tyler Luther for a 13-yard scoring toss.

No. 5: On the second play, Day tried to throw it long, but Jayden Jones picked it off at his own 15. He swept to his right, picked up some good blocks and took it 85 yards down the sideline for the final touchdown of the half.

“It was amazing feeling,” Jones said. “It wouldn’t have happened without the other 10 guys — they made it open up down that side of the field.”

To recap, over the course of six Altoona offensive plays, it had four turnovers, and Chambersburg converted each into a touchdown.

“Early on in the season, our offense has put the ball on the ground too much,” Mountain Lion coach Vince Nedimyer Jr. said, “but that’s the nature of it. We have to keep repping and get better execution, and we are getting better.”

The Trojans did not pile up the yardage (358 yards), but plenty of its scoring drives started deep in Altoona territory.

Mark Luther said, “When we run our offense and the kids do what they are asked to do, we can make some plays. Getting so many different people involved really makes it fun. We’re not relying on one guy, and it’s important for our opponents to know that. We’re really fortunate we have a great group of personnel.”

Luther was also excited that nearly everybody got to play. The starters did not see the field in the second half, when the Mountain Lions scored 24 points and had 152 of their 223 yards.

“To get a win like that is awesome, when you can get all those kids in there,” Luther said.

NOTES: Stumbaugh not only hit on 7 of 11 passes for 107 yards and two scores, but he ran five times for 89 yards … On his first varsity touch, Kyle Nolan ran 65 yards for a touchdown for the Trojans in the third quarter … Altoona recovered two Chambersburg fumbles in the second half, both leading to TDs.

Chambersburg 56, Altoona 24
Altoona                                0   0   21   3   —   24
Chambersburg                 14   35  7    0   —   56
First Quarter
C — Keyshawn Jones 3 run (Tyler Luther kick), 8:16
C — K.Jones 9 run (Ty.Luther kick), 3:12
Second Quarter
C — Jayden Jones 8 run (Ty.Luther kick), 10:27
C — J.Jones 5 run (Ty.Luther kick), 4:48
C — Terell Williams 7 pass from Brady Stumbaugh (Ty.Luther kick), 1:40
C — Ty.Luther 13 pass from Stumbaugh (Ty.Luther kick), 1:07
C — J.Jones 85 interception return (Tanner Luther kick), 0:25
Third Quarter
A — Marcus Day 17 run (Andrew Eisel kick), 8:49
A — Day 41 run (Eisel kick), 2:52
C — Kyle Nolan 65 run (Ta.Luther kick), 2:41
A — Edwin Franklin 1 run (Eisel kick), 0:24
Fourth Quarter
A — Eisel 40 field goal, 10:30
Team Statistics
                                                   Alt              Chbg
First downs                               9                    14
Rushes-yards                         48-218          28-243
Passing                                    1-6-1             8-16-0
Passing yards                            5                  115
Total yards                              223                358
Fumbles-lost                           4-3                  3-2
Punts-avg.                             4-30.0             2-30.0
Penalties-yards                      3-26               5-45
Individual Statistics
Rushing — Alt, Day 20-112, Franklin 6-53, Ethan Stroup 10-30, Rossi Pinkston 4-21, Andre Dokes 4-12, Aidan Steinbugl 3-4, Jake Adams 1-(-11). Chbg, Stumbaugh 5-89, Nolan 1-65, K.Jones 7-57, J.Jones 3-25, Ty.Luther 1-16, Andrew Bell 4-15, Nathan Cooper 3-10, Malaki Blair 4-(-18).
Passing — Alt, Steinbugl 1-2-0-5, Day 0-4-1-0. Chbg, Stumbaugh 7-11-0-107, Brady Seaman 1-3-0-8, Blair 0-2-0-0.
Receiving — Alt, Adams 1-5. Chbg, Williams 2-43, Ty.Luther 3-33, J.Jones 1-18, Sam Vessah 1-13, Wesley Luke 1-8.
Interceptions — Chbg, J.Jones.
Sacks — Chbg, Tyrion Hodges 4, Williams, Carter Sollenberger, Joey Fuller.