CHAMBERSBURG — Central Dauphin, off for two weeks for COVID issues, came out ready to play against Chambersburg on Friday night.
The Rams recovered an onsides kick to start the football game, jumped to a 29-0 lead by the second quarter, and rolled to a 50-21 Mid Penn Commonwealth win over the Trojans at Trojan Stadium.
Chambersburg coach Mark Luther said, “They had two weeks off and they came out excited to play. We’re a little beaten up and we started five sophomores on offense and two on defense. That makes it difficult against a team like that.”
Central Dauphin (2-1, 1-0 MPC) was its usual brutish self on the lines, and used that advantage to run up 479 yards on offense and allow only seven points on defense until the substitutes took over late.
Luther said, “They controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, and because of that, there was not much we could do. It’s just that they’re a bigger, stronger team and it showed. I addressed that to the team — that was the big difference and that happens because of what they do in the offseason, not starting Aug. 1st.”
CD did not score on the possession after the onsides recovery thanks to Andy Jean’s interception in the end zone. But the Rams picked off a pass by Jermere Jones on Chambersburg’s first series, and then ran up four straight touchdowns to lead 29-0. After Jones hit Isaiah Brumfield for an 8-yard score just 2:10 before the half to make it 29-7, Central Dauphin drove downfield and scored on a 26-yard pass from Max Mosey to Juice Selby and the lead was back to 36-7.
The Rams scored twice more in the third period to go ahead 50-7, then Chambersburg (2-3, 0-2 MPC) found the end zone twice in the fourth period on a 4-yard run by Jones and a 5-yard run by Rashawn Williams.
Jones ran for 112 yards on 12 carries and completed 12 of 24 passes for 137 yards. Jean led the receivers with four catches for 49 yards, while Rhaigeon Parker had two catches for 44 yards.
“Jones had some good throws and ran the ball very well,” Luther said, “but he threw that pick and he’s still making sophomore mistakes. He’s still trying to do a little too much.”
The Trojans will play next Friday at Carlisle.
Luther said, “It was not a good week for us. We have some kids banged up and we had to sit some other guys out. It was tough week of preparation. Hopefully, we’ll come back to work on Tuesday and we don’t have these kind of issues, and we can compete with Carlisle.”
Central Dauphin 50, Chambersburg 7
Central Dauphin 15 21 14 0 — 50
Chambersburg 0 7 0 14 — 21
CD — Zion Allen 29 run (Max Mosey run), 8:09
CD — David Chase 20 run (Ahren Stauffer kick), 0:33
CD — Tyrell English 3 run (Stauffer kick), 10:39
CD — Juice Selby 27 pass from Mosey (Stauffer kick), 3:42
Ch — Isaiah Brumfield 8 pass from Jermere Jones (Teegan Humelsine kick), 2:10
CD — Selby 26 pass from Mosey (Stauffer kick), 0:43
CD — English 5 run (Stauffer kick), 9:21
CD — English 5 run (Stauffer kick), 3:41
Ch — Jones 4 run (Humelsine kick), 10:42
Ch — Rashawn Williams 5 run (Humelsine kick), 2:31
First downs 22 18
Rushes-yards 33-257 26-185
Passing 10-19-1 12-24-1
Passing yards 222 137
Total offense 479 322
Fumbles-lost 0-0 1-0
Punts-average 2-45.5 6-16.7
Penalties-yards 4-34 2-10
Rushing — CD, English 17-92, Allen 3-48, Kyle McCullough 3-47, Mosey 3-21, Chase 3-31, Key’Ron Plummer 2-5, John Harris III 2-3. Chbg, Jones 12-112, Jermaine Ollins 7-38, Williams 4-21, Bryce Flenory 3-14.
Passing — CD, Mosey 10-18-1-222, Plummer 0-1-0-0. Chbg, Jones 12-24-1-137.
Receiving — CD, Selby 8-188, Allen 2-34. Chbg, Andy Jean 4-49, Rhaigeon Parker 2-44, James Lilley 1-20, Brumfield 2-19, Shea Makosy 1-17, Ollins 1-2, Jones 1-(-14).