Cedar Cliff eliminates Shippensburg in defensive struggle

Jontae Morris #29 rushed for 201 yards in the Colts 10-7 win over Shippensburg.(Photo by Casey Kauffman).

Cedar Cliff came into Shippensburg Friday for a second round District 3 5-A playoff and knocked off the unbeaten Greyhounds 10-7.  Both defenses did a fine job of keeping the other out of the endzone as a 10-7 halftime score turned into the final score as they pitched second half shutouts.

The Hounds started the game on offense, but three incompletions they punted to the Colts.  Cedar Cliff marched 61 yards in nine plays for their lone touchdown.  Jontae Morris (1800 yards coming in) was as advertised rushing forty times for 201 yards.  The big play in the drive was Ethan Dorrell’s 35 yard pass to Trenten Smith, Dorrell capped off the drive with a 1 yard sneak on fourth and goal.

After the teams traded punts, the Hounds tied the game with a 14 play 73 yard drive.  Diesel Koser got the drive kick started with a six yard run on third down.  Nathan Beam ripped off 10 yarder and Anthony Smith picked up four on fourth and one.  On the next fourth down Tucker Chamberlin hit Keegan Kissinger on a quick out for the first, but Kissinger wasn’t done.  He spun towards the sideline avoiding the tackle and went untouched for the 17 yard TD.  Noah Henry’s PAT tied the game with 7:55 left in the first half.

The Colts went on a 10 play 69 yard drive the resulted in a field goal that turned into the deciding points.  Morris picked up 31 of the yards and Dorrell 16 on the ground.  Derek Witmer nailed the 27 yarder with 3:31 left.

In the second half the Colts took the kick and were driving, but Blake Orndorff’s interception of a third down pass thwarted the drive.  The Hounds however turned it back over on a third down interception.

The Hounds last chance came with 4:52 after forcing a punt.  Needing to go 72 yards for the TD the drive came down to a pair of fourth downs.  The Hounds converted a fourth and six, a 27 yard pass from Chamberlin to Beam for a first down at the Colts 43.  Again the Colts defense forced a fourth and 13.  Chamberlin dropped back to pass and was forced to scramble and was stopped after a six yard gain.  Cedar Cliff took three kneel downs to end the contest.

The Hounds gave up 201 yards to Morris on the ground, but held the Colts (35 ppg avg) to 10 points.  The Colts D allowed an average of 22.7 ppg, but held the Hounds to 7.

Brock Herb lead the Hounds defense with 14 takcles 10 solo.  Beam add nine and Carter Foust 8.  Beam and Koser were leading rushers with 35 apiece.  Chamberlin had a tough night going 2 for 11 for just 44 yards.

Traevon Kater lead the Hounds for the season with 804 rushing, Amari Kerr 647, Beam 595 and Koser 417.  Chamberlin threw for 1148 and 15 Tds (60-112-3).  Erby Weller lead with 749 receiving yards and 10 Tds, Smith 253 and three Tds.  On the defensive side Herb lead with 93 tackles (53 solo 43 assiststs), Foust was second with 75 (I missed him in last weeks story), Jayson Funson 71 and Smith 64.  Smith lead in tackles for loss and sacks (12.5 and 9.5).  Orndorff six interceptions and Austin Kelso 6 pass break-ups.

One correction to last weeks box score it was Carter Foust with the two point conversion. I unfortunately typed in the wrong first name, sorry for the error.



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