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Harrisburg has too much firepower for Trojans

September 04, 2005|By CHRIS CARTER

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - Chambersburg head coach Shawn Kimple said his team had a pretty good idea of the different weapons and tactics employed by Mid-Penn Commonwealth rival Harrisburg.

Still, the Trojans struggled to stop, and sometimes even contain, the high-powered attack of the Cougars, leading to a 50-21 drubbing Saturday afternoon at Shippensburg University's Seth Grove Stadium.

Harrisburg (1-0, 1-0) found ways to utilize its vast talent pool on offense, using shotgun formations almost exclusively and often spreading the field with four wide receivers. On defense, the Cougars stacked the box in an effort to control the Trojans' most versatile asset, Tyler Perry.

"We knew most of the different things (the Cougars) like to do from their scrimmages," Kimple said. "We worked here and there on their different formations in practice, but they executed well and were tough to stop."

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Chambersburg (0-1, 0-1) got nothing going on its first two possessions. A 12-yard punt after the first led to Levar Burhannan's TD from 12 yards out to give Harrisburg a 7-0 lead. A botched snap on the Trojans' next punt attempt gave the Cougars great field position again, and Jeremiha Hunter scored from 4 yards out for a 14-0 advantage.

Perry was held to 17 yards on his first six carries, but midway through the second quarter the speedy tailback found running room on a halfback draw, jolted through a gaping hole on the right side and sprinted up the sideline for a 62-yard score, cutting the deficit to 14-6.

"We talked all week about (Chambersburg) running draw counters and counter traps," said Harrisburg head coach George Chaump. "We talked about not overpursuing, but that's what we did."

The Cougars needed nine plays and just under four minutes to regain a two-touchdown edge, with Hunter finishing the drive with runs of 19 and 25 yards. A 27-yard field goal by Nate Brown as time expired in the second quarter gave Harrisburg a 24-6 edge.

Another touchdown run by Hunter, followed by a 41-yard touchdown pass from Nate Brown to a streaking Dennis Burhannan, gave Harrisburg a commanding 37-6 lead.

With the game getting out of hand, Kimple brought in backup quarterback Vinnie Schaffer, who provided an immediate spark. On his third snap, Schaffer rolled to his left and threw across his body to Travis Schoenberger, who turned upfield for a 66-yard touchdown.

After an interception by Chris Clouser, Chambersburg found paydirt again on a 2-yard TD run by Josh Truman. Schaeffer added the two-point conversion to cut the Harrisburg lead to 37-21 with 10:44 left.

"I really like the burst we showed in the second half," Kimple said. "It showed we can come back when we get down."

Harrisburg answered with a third-and-19 screen pass from Brown to Lamar Jackson for 59 yards, setting up a 10-yard scoring run by Darnell Henderson to make it 43-21. A 1-yard run by third-string quarterback Tony Armstead closed the scoring.

Perry carried 12 times for 103 yards, but was virtually non-existent in the passing game, where he shined last season.

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