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Trojans' start goes from bad to worse against CV

September 01, 2007|By CHRIS CARTER

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Chambersburg football coach Dave Carruthers knew the importance of a good start for the Trojans to improve on their 1-9 record from last season.

After only three sequences in the Trojans' season opener against Cumberland Valley, Carruthers knew that a good start could no longer be salvaged.

·Eagles speedster Juan Steward returned the opening kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown.

·Chambersburg muffed the ensuing kickoff to begin its opening drive at its 3-yard line.

·The Trojans burned a timeout before running a play from scrimmage.

It took only 18 seconds to transpire, but the tone was set and the Eagles posted seven more touchdowns in a 56-7 Mid-Penn Commonwealth drubbing at Trojan Stadium.

"Giving up a touchdown right away, it's hard," Carruthers said. "At the stage where we are as a program, it's just hard to recover from."

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Cumberland Valley reached paydirt on all six of its first-half possessions - with touchdowns scored by six different players - to take a 42-0 lead at halftime. Steward, Tyler Guise, Logan Sheely, Mike Frenette, Andrew Venet and Chris Jordan all scored before halftime, and Cody Page and Nick Vucurevich added touchdowns in the second half.

"They just execute very well," Carruthers said. "They're confident and they believe they can win."

Meanwhile, Chambersburg totaled just 18 yards in its first five possessions, which each ended in a punt after three plays. It was only after recovering a muffed punt in Eagles territory that the Trojans picked up a first down, but that drive later stalled at the CV 4-yard line.

"I was very pleased with the defense, especially in that goal-line situation," said Eagles coach Tim Rimpfel. "I wanted to see how we'd react after having them move the ball a little bit, and we reacted well."

Rimpfel already knew the potency of his offense, which tallied 431 yards. Jordan hit 9 of 13 passes for 135 yards with three touchdowns (one rushing), while Guise ran for 123 yards and a touchdown.

The Eagles ran the score to 49-0 with a running clock in the second half before Chambersburg finally cracked the scoreboard. But it wasn't until after Carruthers pulled starting quarterback Brian Reese in favor of Colby Lehman, who subsequently engineered a nine-play, 67-yard drive, capped by Cody Peterson's 1-yard touchdown run.

Lehman finished 7-for-12 for 104 yards, while scrambling for 17 more yards.

"(Lehman) is definitely going to get a good look and we'll see what happens," Carruthers said. "There's a good chance he'll start."

Reese was just 2-of-8 for 41 yards.

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