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Cross stars, but Chambersburg loses to CD East

October 21, 2002|by ANDREW MASON

andrewm@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - If it was any consolation to the Chambersburg Homecoming fans Friday night, at least maybe they could look forward to two more years of Pete Cross.

The Trojans' sophomore running back erupted for a career- and game-high 211 yards rushing on 26 carries with three touchdowns. His last TD run - a 71-yarder on the very first play from scrimmage in the second half - gave Chambersburg a 28-14 lead over Mid-Penn Commonwealth foe Central Dauphin East.

"Our offense did a great job - beautiful blocking the whole time," said Cross.

However, the rest of the second half was all Panthers. The visitors responded with big play after play, ripping off 21 unanswered points to win, 35-28.

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"(Cross) is a tough back and runs very hard and keeps his legs moving," said CD East coach Gerry Yonchiuk, whose squad improved to 3-5 (2-4). "Boom - they scored and it was 28-14. But at that point we decided to show our character and got back in it."

The Panthers cut their deficit to 28-21 on the ensuing possession as Otheaus Martin - who paced CD East with 148 yards rushing on eight carries - broke free down the left sideline for a 56-yard TD run.

After shutting down the Trojans on a fourth-and-2 at their own 33, the Panthers needed just three plays to tie it. Lorne Hicks made it 28-28 with a 54-yard TD run with 2 minutes, 50 seconds left in the third quarter.

Yet, Chambersburg (2-6, 2-4) came right back, moving the ball from its own 26 to the CD East 32, highlighted by an 18-yard pass completion from Ryan Hinkle to Brian Griffin (who finished with four catches for 57 yards). But on fourth-and-2 at the Panthers 32, Chambersburg opted to punt.

That seemed like a decent move with CD East pinned at its own 11. But on second-and-10 from the 11, Panthers quarterback Josh Robertson hit Terrance Williams in double coverage for a 50-yard completion.

"I don't regret any of the calls we made," said Trojans coach Shawn Kimple. "We put ourselves in position to win, but we gave up big plays."

It was the Panthers' next big play that did in Chambersburg. On fourth-and-14 from the Trojans 30, Robertson found Cory Bishop for a 27-yard completion. Three plays later, Hicks gave CD East its first lead of the night, punching in the game-winner on a 3-yard run with 3:04 left to play.

The Trojans got the ball back twice more but were unable to dent CD East territory.

"We got great plays from some guys on some plays," said Kimple, whose squad has dropped three straight. "But we didn't play hard on every play, so we didn't deserve to win.

"We're not putting it together and there's no excuse. We haven't put it together for a full game yet, and it's come back to bite us."

Chambersburg went up 7-0 on a 4-yard TD run by Jeremy Jackson. The Trojans made it 14-7 and then 21-14 on first-half TD runs of 9 and 54 yards, respectively, by Cross.

CD East 35, Chambersburg 28

CD East77147-35

Chambersburg71470-28

Ch - Jeremy Jackson 4 run (Colby Nitterhouse kick)

CDE - Josh Robertson 2 run (Nate Royer kick)

Ch - Pete Cross 9 run (Nitterhouse kick)

CDE - Cory Bishop 24 run (Royer kick)

Ch - Cross 54 run (Nitterhouse kick)

Ch - Cross 71 run (Nitterhouse kick)

CDE - Otheaus Martin 56 run (Royer kick)

CDE - Lorne Hicks 54 run (Royer kick)

CDE - Hicks 3 run (Royer kick)

CDECh

First downs1516

Rushes-yards42-28437-230

Passing yards87114

Comp-Att-Int5-9-110-26-0

Total offense51-37163-344

Punts-Avg.4-25.33-28.3

Penalties-yards7-594-45

Fumbles-lost1-00-0

Records: CD East 3-5, 2-4; Chambersburg 2-6, 2-4.

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