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Little Lions reign on Trojans' homecoming parade

October 15, 2005|By CHRIS CARTER

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - State College came to Chambersburg hungry for a win Friday night.

The Trojans turned out to be the main course.

The Little Lions hit the Trojans with a combination of run and pass, amassing more than 500 yards of offense to pave the way for a whopping 50-5 Mid-Penn Commonwealth win, spoiling homecoming at the newly reopened Trojan Stadium.

"It's real disappointing to come back home and lose this way," Chambersburg coach Shawn Kimple said. "It's like we don't know how good we can actually be."

Compared to State College, which rushed for 273 yards and passed for 232, the Trojans (1-6) proved to be the inferior team, managing only 106 yards of offense.

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"(State College) had more on the line. They were hungry and they wanted it more," Kimple said. "They knew what they needed to do and we knew they were going to bring it."

The Little Lions, who have won four straight after an 0-3 start, brought it - and it was more than Chambersburg could handle.

Versatile quarterback Ben Ganter picked apart the Chambersburg defense with his arm as well as his legs. The senior completed his first seven passes and finished 15 of 20 for 209 yards and two touchdowns - both to Nathan Stupar. Ganter also ran for 38 yards and two scores.

"We've started to mix the pass and run better," Ganter said. "It took a little while, but it's starting to fall into place for us."

Meanwhile, the Little Lions stumped Chambersburg's passing game. The Trojans did not complete a pass until Cheston Smith found Vinnie Schaffer for a 22-yard gain late in the third quarter. Smith - the Trojans' third starting quarterback this season - struggled, completing just that pass on 14 attempts with two interceptions.

"We make ourselves one dimensional by not being able to pass the ball," Kimple said. "We're looking for consistency and we haven't gotten consistent play from any of our quarterbacks."

Put into an early 21-0 hole after the first quarter, the Trojans also were not able to utilize tailback Tyler Perry, who carried just 13 times for 57 yards.

"We were fortunate not to have to worry about (Perry) a whole lot," State College coach Al Wolski said. "He's a quick little guy that can break a long one."

Tyler Schoenberger highlighted the night for Chambersburg, kicking a 43-yard field goal.

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