Week 3 highlights: Trojans' defense on display in all-county matchup
Points were hard to come by Friday night in Waynesboro. But for Chambersburg, they found just enough.
The Trojans blanked the Indians on the way to a 17-0 win over their county rival. This was the first time these two teams had met since 2013, so there was plenty of importance with this one.
"It was big game," Chambersburg head coach Mark Luther said. "We hadn't played Waynesboro in a while, and I love the close games with the close communities. It generates a lot of interest. It was a great crowd. And we knew that this was important."
With the two schools separated by just over 20 minutes, there is a lot of familiarity between the players, which added some extra motivation for this one.
"Bragging rights were on the line," Luther said. "A lot of our kids know kids from Waynesboro and vice versa, and they do a lot of things together so we were excited about it."
Chambersburg took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter thanks to a short run from QB Riley Harmon. The Trojans had a chance to add to their lead in the first half but couldn't do it.
A botched snap at the 1-yard line and a dropped touchdown pass prevented the game from being 21-0 at the half. They didn't dwell on those mistakes though.
"We were in position to make plays, we just didn't make it," Luther said. "So our team was excited because we were in that position to make them... We talked at half about leaving 14 points on the board, and we got to start to overcome that."
The Trojan defense made sure those mistakes didn't cost them in the end.
Waynesboro didn't get much going all night, and a fumble at the goal line, followed by an interception, was the final straw. A field goal and short rushing touchdown by QB Jermere Jones sealed the deal.
It's a strong win, but Luther knows that for this young team, it's going to be an uphill climb now.
"These past two games were important for them to grow up very quickly, because next week we're into the Commonwealth," Luther said. "When you're playing Central Dauphin and Harrisburg and State College... all those teams are good. Having sophomores playing against them is not something you want to be doing, but that's the situation we're in."
Chambersburg (2-1) travels to Central Dauphin next week to open Commonwealth Division play, while Waynesboro (1-2) faces another county foe as they travel to Greencastle-Antrim.
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Shippensburg 21, Spring Grove 14: The visiting Greyhounds came away with a tight win, handing host Spring Grove its first loss of the season. The Rockets got on the board first with a 4-yard run by junior Nizeah Mummert, who finished off a solid drive that was started on the other end by a Shippensburg fumble. Though the following drive looked like it would end in a punt, the ball popped off a Rocket shoulder pad and into the hands of Greyhound junior Cody Wenner to continue the drive for Shippensburg, which ended a few plays later with a 3-yard scramble by senior Amari Kerr to tie the game at 7.
That score would stand into the third quarter when Shippensburg sophomore Elijah Bailey hauled in an interception at the 2. The Greyhounds went on a 98-yard drive that was capped off by a 6-yard run by senior Trae Kater to bring the score to 14-7. Spring Grove answered with a TD drive of their own that ended with junior Rocket quarterback Cowan Ruhland finding Mummert for a 7-yard touchdown to tie the score again.
Shippensburg would take the lead to stay on the next drive that ended with a 10-yard scramble by Kerr for his second touchdown of the night, and the Greyhound defense turned the Rockets away on their next drive to seal the win.
Greencastle-Antrim 35, Delone Catholic 0: After a scoreless opening quarter, the Blue Devils (3-0) put up 21 points in the second quarter and never looked back. Darren Kline and Seth Stouffer each scored a pair of touchdowns to lead the hosts in the victory. Stouffer's pair were on the receiving end of tosses from Logan Alvey.
Biglerville 21, James Buchanan 14: Seth Lady scored three touchdowns, leading the Canners to a victory over the Rockets, who suffered their first loss of the season. Lady scored on a pair of second-quarter runs from 3 and 56 yards out then broke a 14-all tie in the third quarter with a 63-yard scoring dash.