By JD Davidson
CAMP HILL-In a rematch from last seasons 5A District 3 playoffs (10-7 Cedar Cliff win at Ship). The Shippensburg Greyhounds turned the tables on the Cedar Cliff Colts in a 28-10 opening win.
The Game got off to a delayed start of an hour, due to the circumstances in Shippensburg causing the school to go on lockdown (Greyhounds arrived after 6). Then a lightning delay at the start of the fourth quarter with play resuming at 10:32.
When the game did start at 8pm the Hounds opened with a bang. Cedar Cliff won the coin tossed and deferred to the second half. The kickoff went into the endzone and the Hounds started from their own 20. The first play was a halfback option pass from Trae Kater to Erby Weller for 50 yards. Shippensburg finished off the 8 play 80 yard drive with an Amari Kerr one yard run on third and goal.
Cedar Cliff tried to answer with a nice drive of their own that started at their 35. In nine plays they got to the Shippensburg 19, but Ethan Dorrell’s third down pass was picked off by Kater and returned 85 yards for the score.
The Colts next possession ended in a Derek Witmer missed 40-yard field goal.
The Hounds struck quickly as Chamberlin found Weller for 49 yards to start the drive and on the third play the tandem hooked up again for a 29-yard score. The Hounds lead 20-0 after the missed two-point conversion.
The home team finally got on the board with a 10 play 69-yard drive. Dorrell found Nathan Lusk on a deep slant for a 33-yard touchdown. After a Greyhound punt the Colts went 42 yards in 12 plays to set up a 47-yard field goal attempt. Witmer’s try was good as he kicked a low knuckle ball over the upright for a 20-10 game at the half.
Cedar Cliff punted on their first possession of the second half and Ship had a 30-yard field goal attempt blocked at the 5:46 mark. Witmer missed another 40-yard attempt at the end of the quarter.
After the lightning delay that lasted 45 minutes the Hounds put the game away. Shippensburg drove 80 yards in 14 plays taking off 8 minutes and 30 seconds. All 14 plays were runs with Kater putting up the five-yard touchdown run on third and goal. Chamberlin hit Weller for the two-point conversion.
Cedar Cliff need to strike quick, but couldn’t and Jaxon Funson stopped the Colts on third and fourth down to end the game.
Kater was the Greyhounds leading rusher with 96 yards, Chamberlin threw for 123 and Weller had 173 yards in receptions. Funson had 10 tackles eight solo, Kaden Shope nine and Cody Wenner seven. Up next for the Hounds will be rival Big Spring at home Friday September 2nd.
(S) Amari Kerr 1 run (Noah Henry kick) 7:41
(5) Trae Kater 85 int return (Henry kick) 2:59
(S) Erby Weller 29 pass from Tucker Chamberlin (run failed) 9:59
(CC) Nathan Lusk 33 pass from Ethan Dorrell (Derek Witmer kick) 5:50
(CC) Witmer 47 FG 0:00
(S) Kater 5 run (Weller pass from Chamberlin) 3:56
Missed FG Witmer 2 (40 WR, 40 WL)
Rushing-(S) Kater 13-96, Kerr 5-41, Diesel Koser 8-24, Jay Gonzalez 2-13,Chamberlin 3-11, Team 2-(-2). (CC) Michael Jones 15-91, Dorrell 7-48,Bennett Secrest 7-35, Erik Schriver 4-15, Kade Finkboner 1-4.
Passing-(S) Chamberlin 5-7-0123, Kater 1-1-0 SO. (CC) Dorrell 5-12-160,Secrest 8-14-0 50.
Recptions-(S) Weller 6-173. (CC) Lusk 6-64, Elijah Wilbourn 3-22, Jones 3-15, Julius Tirado 1-9