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C. Valley keeps Trojans down in the dumps

September 02, 2006|by ANDREW MASON

NEW KINGSTOWN, Pa. - Chambersburg quarterback Cheston Smith ran 13 yards for a first down on the game's first play from scrimmage to open the Trojans' 2006 football season Friday.

The remainder of the night wasn't nearly as promising for Chambersburg, which was routed 45-0 by Mid-Penn Commonwealth foe Cumberland Valley in David Carruthers' first game as the Trojans' coach.

Four plays after Smith's first-down run, the Trojans tried to punt from their own 46-yard line. But the snap sailed over punter Cory Fields' head and CV took over at the Chambersburg 16. Three plays later, Tyler Guise scored on a 4-yard run for CV.

The Eagles led 25-0 at the end of the first quarter and 39-0 at halftime, outgaining the Trojans 264 to 63 in total yards of offense in the first half. Guise led the way, rushing for all 124 of his yards and four touchdowns before halftime.

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"It's just one of those things," said Carruthers, who compiled a 207-62 coaching record, including six Maryland state titles, in his 26 years at Linganore and Urbana. "It just started steam-rolling, and we couldn't get it back.

"Cumberland Valley was very good, a good solid team," he said. "I've been on the other side, I know. They just keep coming at you and coming at you."

And it most likely won't get any easier for Chambersburg, competing in the Mid-Penn Commonwealth. The (Harrisburg, Pa.) Patriot-News projected CV to finish only fourth in the 10-team division in its preseason analysis. The Trojans were listed 10th.

"The only way we can go is up," Carruthers said. "We just have to take it and build on it and get better, go back to the drawing board and start over. We need to take a good look at the film."

The second half of the game flew by mercifully, as CV's commanding lead kicked in the automatic running clock.

Mitch Michaud, who ran for 41 yards and a touchdown in the first half, returned the opening kickoff of the second half 86 yards for the game's final points.

"We did a fairly good job executing offensively, and you saw some of the explosiveness," CV coach Tim Rimpfel said. "Tyler and Mitch can explode."

Smith ran for a team-high 62 yards on six carries for Chambersburg, but was only 1-for-9 passing for minus-2 yards.

"We dropped some balls, and that didn't help us," Carruthers said.

M.J. Davis ran for 44 yards on 13 carries, while Jamill Whitehead rushed 12 times for 29 for the Trojans.

"Chambersburg was kind of weak in the beginning," Guise said. "But they stayed in it. They'll be OK by the end of the year."

Note: Trojans lineman Tappah Dinnall sat out Friday's game and could be through for the season because of a problem with his kidneys.

"It's a big loss. He's probably the leader for us and he's a great two-way player for us. It's sad because he's a great kid, not just a player. I really enjoy being around him," Carruthers said.

Dinnall was on the sideline with the team and served as co-captain for the game.

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