Trojans can’t solve Herd’s line play in 18-7 loss

CHAMBERSBURG — The first possession for Chambersburg started on its own 12 and began with a false start penalty, a rush for zero yards and a second false start penalty.

Curtis Bryant

That was kind of the way the offense went the entire game for the Trojans, who were handcuffed 18-7 by Carlisle in a Mid Penn Commonwealth football game Friday night at Trojan Stadium.

How badly did the Thundering Herd (3-2, 1-1 MPC) win the line of scrimmage?

— Chambersburg (2-3, 0-2 MPC) had only two first downs until midway through the fourth quarter.

— Trojan quarterback Riley Harmon was sacked five times for 18 yards, but was forced to scramble at least eight other times.

— Chambersburg ended up with a grand total of 131 yards of total offense — and 60 of that came on a final, desperation drive.

“In high school football, it starts up front on both sides, and they were more physical in those spots,” Trojan coach Mark Luther said. “We’re at a big deficit size-wise and that’s asking a lot of our kids. We’re not blessed with those 6-3, 270-pounders, but the teams we play against are.”

Carlisle’s defensive line dominated the line of scrimmage, allowing no room on running plays and harassing Harmon on nearly every throw. The Herd’s offensive line showed a big push against the Trojans, allowing for the Carlisle backs to move the chains.

Luther said, “Their center (Layton Schmick) is 275 pounds and he dominated us. They had a big tackle on defense, too. We had no answer for that. You try to drop back and pass and they just bull-rushed us. You have to try to use some finesse, but you can’t win that way.”

Carlisle’s second drive produced a touchdown on a 2-yard run by Jeremiah Hargrove.

Chambersburg tied it up after Andy Jean fielded a punt, dropped the ball, picked it up and ran to his right for 32 yards to the Herd 32. Three plays later, Harmon hit Rhaigeon Parker on a post pass and Parker reached the end zone for a 7-7 tie with 2:33 left in the first half.

The Herd used the clock well to reach the Chambersburg 17, and settled for a 35-yard field goal from Theonas Mazias and a 10-7 lead.

Carlisle’s first possession of the third quarter went 65 yards on eight plays. There were three plays that gained 14 yards, including the final 14 on a quarterback run by Louis Shank. A two-point conversion made it 18-7.

The Herd was content to run time off the clock and the Trojans’ only threat to score came in the game’s final minute, when they picked up four of their seven first downs and got to the Herd 15 before time ran out.

NOTES: Stanley Lozuis had a fumble recovery, a sack and a tackle for loss for Chambersburg … Curtis Bryant recovered a muffed punt by Carlisle, and also broke up a pass in the end zone … Sedrick Vessah and Alonzo Torres also had sacks … The Trojans play at Cumberland Valley on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Carlisle 18, Chambersburg 7
Carlisle                    7     3     8     0     —     18
Chambersburg      0     7     0     0     —      7
First Quarter
Car — Jeremiah Hargrove 2 run (Theonas Mazias kick), 2:06
Second Quarter
Ch — Rhaigeon Parker 25 pass from Riley Harmon (Teegan Humelsine kick), 2:33
Car — Mazias 35 field goal, 0:00
Third Quarter
Car — Louis Shank 14 run (Hargrove pass from Shank), 6:12
Team Statistics
                                                Car            Chbg
First downs                            16                7
Rushes-yards                       42-117       20-43
Passing                                12-16-0      11-23-1
Passing yards                         126            88
Total offense                          243           131
Fumbles-lost                           4-2            1-0
Punts-average                      2-38.0        6-33.2
Penalties                                 0-0             6-34
Individual Statistics
Rushing — Car, Ja’Queece Morell 16-83, Hargrove 7-28, Shank 15-12, Kareem Lawson 1-0, Ezeekai Thomas 3-(-6). Chbg, Harmon 16-31, Dayre Senft 5-12.
Passing — Car, Shank 11-15-0-113, Hargrove 1-1-0-13. Chbg, Harmon 11-23-1-88.
Receiving — Car, Hargrove 5-46, Thomas 3-39, Carson Swartz 3-38, Shank 1-13. Chbg, Parker 3-37, J.J. Kelly 3-20, Andy Jean 3-15, Jake Folmar 1-10, Trever Luther 1-6.

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