CHAMBERSBURG — Chambersburg did its part Friday night, and it appears the numbers are working in the Trojans’ favor, too.
Chambersburg blitzed rival Carlisle 49-7 at Trojan Stadium in a Mid Penn Commonwealth football game, and so far, it appears that will be enough to secure a berth in the District 3 Class 6A playoffs.
Hempfield lost to Manheim Township to drop the Black Knights below the Trojans, who are currently in the No. 8 spot. Red Lion won, but remains behind Chambersburg (6-4, 4-3 MPC) in rating points. So it appears a playoff berth is locked up, but the exact position will not be determined until at least Saturday afternoon, after the Cumberland Valley at State College game.
“We did not take Carlisle for granted this year. We are happy to get a win, and we hope that’s enough to get us into the playoffs,” Trojan running back Keyshawn Jones said. “If we do, we hope to make some noise.”
Jones certainly made some noise Friday.
The senior rushed 15 times for 125 yards (and had a 61-yard jaunt called back for a procedure penalty), putting him over the 1,000-yard mark for the second straight season. He also scored three touchdowns.
“Yeah, it was big (getting over 1,000),” Jones said, “but I think the coaches prioritized more than I did.”
Quarterback Brady Stumbaugh had a fine game. He targeted 10 of 12 passes (a career best) for 226 yards (his third-highest total) and tossed for three touchdowns (tied for second-best).
His first TD pass went for 53 yards to Sam Vessah, who notched his first score of the season.
“I was pretty sure that play would work,” Vessah said. “The corner was playing press coverage, it was an RPO play, and if I ran my slant correctly it would be open. That was the first time I caught a pass this year when I had a lot of open space to run. Some guys made some great blocks.”
Terell Williams made a pair of touchdown catches, a 25-yarder on third-and 8, and a 10-yarder on third-and-7.
The other touchdown came on a Stumbaugh-to-Tyler Luther pass for 19 yards, and that one came on a third-and-16 play.
Chambersburg coach Mark Luther said, “I was proud of our offense. We got ourselves in some deep holes because of penalties, but got the ball downfield vertically. We have to build confidence in throwing the ball downfield for the playoffs.”
While the offense was showy, the defense was smothering.
The Thundering Herd managed just 56 net yards in the first half, and their drives ended on four punts, a fourth down they couldn’t convert and an interception by Tucker Perry, who also came up with two sacks.
“When they run a wing set, they’ll roll their quarterback out,” Perry said. “When they did, we blitzed and that’s where I got the sacks. This was big, playing my last game here tonight. We had to get it done.”
Carlisle never began a drive outside of its own 20 until the fourth period and picked up only seven first downs. Star running back Tristyn Sulich was shackled, gaining only 25 yards on 11 carries.
Luther said, “We played a good game on defense. We put a lot of pressure on them and we took Sulich away. We forced them to throw. The kids up front really got after them.”
NOTES: Tyler Luther ended the regular season 35-for-35 on extra point kicks, and Tanner Luther was 8-for-8 … Jones now has 1,019 yards on the ground … Williams has caught 9 of Stumbaugh’s 15 touchdown throws … Brandon Kissinger recovered a Herd fumble on the last kickoff of the first half … Carlisle finished 2-8, with a 1-6 MPC record.
Chambersburg 49, Carlisle 7
Carlisle 0 0 0 7 — 7
Chambersburg 14 28 0 7 — 49
Ch — Keyshawn Jones 4 run (Tyler Luther kick), 4:48
Ch — Sam Vessah 53 pass from Brady Stumbaugh (Ty.Luther kick)k 2:26
Ch — Terell Williams 25 pass from Stumbaugh (Ty.Luther kick), 11:13
Ch — Williams 10 pass from Stumbaugh (Ty.Luther kick), 6:42
Ch — Jones 1 run (Ty.Luther kick), 2:32
Ch — Jones 28 run (Ty.Luther kick), 0:01
Ch — Ty.Luther 19 pass from Stumbaugh (Tanner Luther kick), 11:55
Ca — Robert Lissner 7 pass from Jacob Morano (Eric Hoover kick), 2:05
First downs 7 14
Rushes-yards 25-32 31-167
Passing 7-17-1 10-12-0
Passing yards 83 226
Total offense 115 393
Fumbles-lost 2-1 3-1
Punts-average 6-37.5 1-19.0
Penalties-yards 4-38 8-52
Rushing — Car, Tristyn Sulich 11-25, Lucas Silvas 3-12, Sean Smith 1-7, J.Morano 1-4, Dominic Morano 2-3, Peyton Miller 2-(-2), Owen Hacker 3-(-8), Ezeekai Thomas 2-(-9). Chbg, K.Jones 15-125, Jayden Jones 9-38, Ty.Luther 1-6, Malaki Blair 1-5, Stumbaugh 5-(-7).
Passing — Car, Hacker 4-10-1-52, J.Morano 2-5-0-16, Thomas 1-2-0-13. Chbg, Stumbaugh 10-12-0-226.
Receiving — Car, Lissner 4-49, Thomas 1-20, Shane Golden 1-9, Hoover 1-5. Chbg, Vessah 1-53, Ty.Luther 3-48, Kevin Lee 2-47, Williams 2-35, K.Jones 1-31, Kyere Morton 1-12.
Interceptions — Chbg, Tucker Perry.
Sacks — Car, Jeremiah Carothers, Smith. Chbg, Perry 2, Williams.