NEW KINGSTOWN — Chambersburg football coach Mark Luther kept telling his team that they had to make a play.
It didn’t happen in the first half of Friday night’s Mid Penn Commonwealth game against Cumberland Valley at Chapman Field, although the Trojans did hold a 6-0 lead at the break.
But right when the Eagles appeared poised to take the momentum and the lead, Chambersburg’s Terell Williams made a huge play — a 94-yard interception return for a touchdown — that spurred the Trojans to a runaway second half and a 30-0 victory.
The Trojans are 4-2 (2-1 MPC) and host Central Dauphin East next Friday; CV is 2-4 (0-3 MPC).
Two plays after Chambersburg fumbled a punt and CV took over at the Trojan 6, Eagles quarterback Alex Kovach faked a handoff and tried to throw to Eli Somerville heading toward the right pylon.
But Williams stepped in front of the pass, caught it and turned up field.
“I saw that their wingback went out, and I saw them fake the handoff,” Williams said. “So I just floated out to the wing and attacked the ball.”
There was nobody ahead of Williams, but he didn’t assume he had a touchdown yet.
“No, I did not,” he said. “But about halfway, I looked back and I saw most of my team with me, and then I knew.”
The big play made it 13-0 in Chambersburg’s favor.
On the second play of CV’s next possession, Kovach was hit from behind on a blitz by Jayden Jones and Tyrion Hodges recovered the resulting fumble. Six plays later, Brady Stumbaugh passed to Williams for a touchdown on third-and-goal from the CV 10 and quickly, it was 20-0.
“We had some chances in the first half to make plays, but we didn’t do it,” Luther said. “So that’s what I told them they had to do in the second half. And they did.
“We muffed the punt, and we thought, ‘Uh oh, here we go,’ because they could have punched it in and gone up 7-6. But Terell’s pick changed everything. We could have hung our heads there, but instead, we made a play.”
And there was more to come from the Trojan defense, which held the Eagles to just 196 yards total and fewer than four yards per carry.
A fourth-and-2 play by the Eagles from CV’s 39 gained only one yard. It took just four plays for Chambersburg to tack on yet another touchdown. Keyshawn Jones ran for 38 of those 40 yards, including the final 13 for the TD.
Luther said, “The D-line got more aggressive and that allowed our linebackers and secondary to get downhill more. That slowed up their run game, and they had to pass.”
Chambersburg middle linebacker Bryce Diller said, “Our goal was to pressure them, be aggressive and try to blow up their plays. Our speed makes a difference. Guys were flying around and doing their jobs, and once we got ahead we kept our foot on the gas pedal.”
“The defense really stepped up,” Luther said. “I’m pleased with the kids and their effort.”
The Trojan offense did not pile up big totals in points or yards, but it was efficient. And, most importantly, when the defense set it up in good field position, it scored.
Tyler Luther was a big part of that. He kicked field goals of 33, 29 and 27 yards, caught four passes for 77 yards, put five of his seven kickoffs into the end zone and punted five times for 36.6 yards per kick.
Stumbaugh had a good night, too, hitting 12 of 19 attempts for 129 yards, a touchdown, and zero interceptions.
Mark Luther said, “We missed a few blocks up front and they put a lot of pressure on Brady. But he made some good throws, including that one to Tyler that set up the second field goal.”
NOTES: Tyeshawn Worrell picked off a pass in the first half for Chambersburg, and Carter Sollenberger recovered his third fumble of the season … Stumbaugh’s first five completions went to five different receivers.
Chambersburg 30, Cumberland Valley 0
Chambersburg 3 3 14 10 — 30
Cumberland Valley 0 0 0 0 — 0
Ch — Tyler Luther 33 field goal, 7:22
Ch — Ty.Luther 29 field goal, 0:02
Ch — Terell Williams 94 interception return (Ty.Luther kick), 5:30
Ch — Williams 10 pass from Brady Stumbaugh (Ty.Luther kick), 1:23
Ch — Keyshawn Jones 13 run (Ty.Luther kick), 9:14
Ch — Ty.Luther 27 field goal, 1:50
First downs 15 12
Rushes-yards 36-133 37-140
Passing 12-19-0 3-12-2
Passing yards 129 56
Total offense 262 196
Fumbles-lost 1-1 2-2
Punts-average 5-36.6 5-35.2
Penalties-yards 5-35 4-30
Rushing — Chbg, K.Jones 14-86, Stumbaugh 14-33, Jayden Jones 8-14. CV, Max Dell’Anno 10-43, Dontey Rogan 10-37, Kellan Walker 7-30, Hunter Grunden 4-20, Gabriel Hayes 2-15, Eli Somerville 2-9, Alex Kovach 2-(-14).
Passing — Chbg, Stumbaugh 12-19-0-129. CV, Kovach 3-10-2-56, Grunden 0-2-1-0.
Receiving — Chbg, Tyler Luther 4-77, Williams 2-20, K.Jones 4-16, Sam Vessah 1-9, Kevin Lee 1-7. CV, Nate Perzutti 1-29, Dell’Anno 1-22, Rogan 1-5.
Missed field goal — CV, Tim Kissinger, 48 (short).
Interceptions — Chbg, Tyeshawn Worrell, Williams.
Sacks — Chbg, J.Jones, Hull.