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Rams pound Trojans

October 30, 2004|by TIM KOELBLE

koelble@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Like a convoy of Ram-tough vehicles, Central Dauphin went into first gear early on the way to cruise control en route to a 51-13 thumping of Chambersburg on the Trojans' Homecoming Friday.

It was a costly victory for the Rams (8-1).

The Mid-Penn Commonwealth power lost starting quarterback Kevin Rombach for the second half and for next week's regular-season finale because of an ejection.

Leading 27-13, Rombach was intercepted by Chambersburg's Brian Pastor along the sidelines on the final play of the first half.

Pastor was pasted by a number of Rams tacklers, including Rombach, while a host of Trojans were trying to block. A wild scrum ensued, forcing the officials to eject Rombach and Chambersburg's Ben Overcash for throwing punches.

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Coaches from both sides did well to keep additional players from becoming part of the entanglement. CD's coaches kept their players from scurrying more than halfway across the field.

"My quarterback is laying on the field getting kicked by 30 people in dark shirts," said Central Dauphin coach Paul Plott, who made the assertion having watched the battle from across the field. "What is he supposed to do? This game is supposed to be about the kids, not the officials."

Plott declined further comment, even about the sterling performance of his team.

"Tempers were high and it was a scrap at halftime," said Chambersburg coach Shawn Kimple. "The officials said punches were thrown on both sides so the ejections were fair."

Rombach had completed 11 of 14 passes for 190 yards and three touchdowns by halftime as the Rams dominated thoroughly.

Chambersburg (3-6) was stopped on downs early and the Rams went on a journey, covering 79 yards in 12 plays, culminating with Mitchell's 3-yard pass from Rombach at the 1:23 mark of the first period.

Rombach hooked up with Mitchell on a 58-yard pass play to open the second quarter before the Trojans got their offense together.

After stringing together seven plays for 68 yards, Eric Griggs scored on a 1-yard leap over the top of the Rams' defensive line to end the drive, which ate 8:07 off the clock and was kept alive on a big fourth-and-11 with a 18-yard pass from Clay Cummings to Mike Loosli.

Central Dauphin answered immediately with a 28-yard pass from Rombach to Jordan Manning at the 4:02 mark.

After stopping Chambersburg on downs, CD turned the ball back over to the Trojans when Bryant McClarren picked up a loose ball and rambled 34 yards to the Rams 3, setting up a score by Josh Truman and, eventually, the closing theatrics to the first half.

The Rams, with Michael Dietz running the offense in the second half and going 6 of 8 for 65 yards and one touchdown, controlled the last 24 minutes, allowing the Trojans to run only 14 plays in the half.

"CD is the best team we have faced all season," said Kimple. "We expected a passing game, but we just didn't play with discipline. They are big up front and they pretty much did with us what they wanted to do."

The Rams rolled up 448 yards of offense while holding the Trojans to 115. Tyler Perry led Chambersburg's ground game with 53 yards on 10 carries.

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