FOOTBALL

Shippensburg gets its revenge, knocks off Cedar Cliff in opening round contest

Dylan Jacobs
Chambersburg Public Opinion

Shippensburg took a lead into the halftime break and never let it go.

A dominant second half propelled the No. 8 Greyhounds to a 32-14 win over No. 9 Cedar Cliff on Friday night in Shippensburg, as they now advance to the Quarterfinals in the District 3 5A Playoffs.

Big-time throws, long runs and timely turnovers made the difference in this one. Here's how it happened.

What it means

Shippensburg got a measure of revenge on Friday night.

Cedar Cliff was the team to knock out the then-unbeaten Greyhounds in last year's quarterfinals, and it was a los that sat with much of the senior leaders since that moment.

Amari Kerr (22) leads the team onto the field before Shippensburg's 32-14 playoff win over Cedar Cliff on Friday, November 4, 2022.

Even a week 1 win over the Colts didn't do enough to drown out the taste of that loss, but a win on Friday, ending Cedar Cliff's season, is enough to close the book on that stunner.

In addition, this game was a strong turnaround from last week's effort, where the Greyhounds gave up 42 points to Greencastle.

Shippensburg gave up 14 points in the first half, but pitched a shutout in the second.

Key plays

The game was tied 14-14 late in the second quarter, but Shippensburg wanted to change that before going into the half, executing a two-minute drill to find the end zone in the final seconds.

A timely third and long run by QB Tucker Chamberlin, and a long completion to Trae Kater, set the Greyhounds for a shot at the end zone, and on 4th and goal Chamberlin found his receiver Erby Weller on a beautiful 19-yard score.

It was a well-executed two-minute drill from a team that doesn't focus on that too often.

"We don't practice it as much as some teams I know that," Head coach Eric Foust said.

Shippensburg never looked back from that point on.

By the numbers

Trae Kater was the star of this, totaling 108 yards receiving and 125 yards rushing. Amari Kerr also had a big night on the ground, finishing 110 yards, including the first touchdown of the game.

Chamberlin was sturdy all night for the offense, going 11-15 for 178 yards and three total touchdowns.

Two turnovers were big as well, as Cody Wenner and Jay Gonzalez each hauled in interceptions.

They said it

Tucker Chamberlin (12), Erby Weller (19) and Troy Chamberlin (19) stand for the national anthem before Shippensburg's 32-14 playoff win over Cedar Cliff on Friday, November 4, 2022.

Chamberlin described the win pretty simply: "It feels freaking amazing."

The senior quarterback was proud of the offensive output, and praised the defense for bouncing back in a big way.

"Shows a lot of character, especially from last week against Greencastle," Chamberlin said. "In this situation it's a big thing for our defense to stand up like that and we're looking forward to carrying that on to next week."

Foust saw that the defense was upset last week and knew they wouldn't see a repeat this time around.

"Our defense has a great amount of pride and they were disappointed in themselves last week," Foust said. "We needed to get that fixed."

What's next

A massive challenge is on deck for the Greyhounds.

Shippensburg moves on to the District 3 5A Quarterfinals, and its reward is a matchup with No. 1 seed and 10-0 Solanco.

The Golden Mules are a top-notch team, who had a bye this week, and comes into next weeks matchup with four straight games of scoring at least 35 points.

That matchup will be at Solanco on Friday, November 11, at 7 p.m.

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