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Trojans get on the scoreboard

September 23, 2006|by CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Is it possible a 1-yard run could have actually been the highlight of the game for the Chambersburg football team?

Ask David Carruthers. It was a special run.

Patrick Banks' short burst up the middle was the first score of the season for the Trojans, one of the few bright spots in a 44-7 thumping by Mid-Penn Commonwealth foe Central Dauphin on Friday.

The Trojans have been outscored 152-7 in four games.

"That was our first score this year," said Carruthers, "and our offensive line moved them off the line of scrimmage on that series."

Throughout the rest of the game, however, the Trojans were simply overmatched.

"We know that physically, we're not real, real strong," said Carruthers. "We've been concerned about that all season, and until we get physically stronger, it's going to be difficult for us."

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The Chambersburg score was set up by Banks' 72-yard kickoff return down the right sideline on a reverse from Darryll Barbour to the Rams 21. Seven plays later - including a 5-yard, third-down pass from Cheston Smith to Armond Perez, and four M.J. Davis runs for 16 yards - the Trojans (0-4, 0-4) were on the board, though they trailed, 14-7.

Thoughts of an upset were dashed less than two minutes later when the Rams (2-2, 2-2) scored on a five-play, 53-yard drive, punctuated by a pair of Justin Shirk-to-Tyler Thompson completions, with Vince Brown slashing in from the 4.

After a 14-yard Chambersburg punt gave the Rams a first down on the Trojans 37, Central Dauphin needed just four plays to stretch the lead to 28-7 early in the second half.

The Rams alternated between Shirk and Tim Hook at quarterback, and didn't skip a beat.

They're a very balanced team," said Carruthers. "They run hard and they have good receivers who run well after they catch the ball. Everybody says (Shirk) is their running quarterback, but he throws the ball pretty well, too."

The Rams added a 26-yard Daniel Fisher field goal and a 16-yard Hook-to-Logan Ecker scoring pass to extend their lead to 38-7 at the half, and tacked on a 7-yard Shirk TD run to make it 44-7.

Ricardo Cirilo's 9-yard reception from Hook opened the scoring for the Rams, followed by Derek Day's 1-yard blast for a 14-0 lead.

Central Dauphin racked up 275 yards of total offense in the first half, compared to 71 yards for the Trojans.

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