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Trojans' late momentum doesn't last very long

October 13, 2007|By TIM KOELBLE

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. ? They were on a high with three minutes left to play, having rallied to tie Carlisle, 14-14.

Just 47 seconds later, Chambersburg's momentum was blown out to I-81 when Khalil Bunce rumbled 66 yards for a touchdown and the Thundering Herd held on for a 21-14 Mid-Penn Commonwealth victory.

"We don't need any moral victories, we just need a victory, period," said Chambersburg coach Dave Carruthers.

Down 14-7 with 6:46 remaining, Darren Engel blocked a Carlisle punt and the Trojans (0-7, 0-7) had life at the Herd 42.

A pass completion covering 21 yards from Brian Reese to Swain Hinton put the Trojans at the 21. Three rushing plays left the Trojans with fourth-and-4, before Doug Kilpatrick bolted over right tackle to paydirt from the 15. Erik Jacobs' kick made it 14-14 at the 3:47 mark.

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Carruthers never hesitated in calling for the extra-point kick.

"I thought we could hold them, and their defense would make a mistake and we could get close for a field goal," said Carruthers.

On the ensuing possession, Chambersburg held Terrance Bennett to just a 2-yard gain. Then, Bunce blasted through the line and down the sideline for his long run on second-and-8 that quickly deflated the Chambersburg throng.

"I was surprised we gave up that touchdown," said Carruthers. "We made a lot of adjustments at halftime. We didn't block well in the first half, and I thought we were wearing them down on both sides of the ball."

The Trojans made a gallant effort to come back again, moving from their own 18 to the Carlisle 40 before Reese had a pass intercepted by Lee Eshelman at the 10-yard line.

Chambersburg tightened the screws on defense in the second half after giving up scoring drives of 80 and 60 yards to fall behind 14-0 at halftime.

Kilpatrick fired on all cylinders on Chambersburg's first drive of the second half, breaking several tackles with a 50-yard run to cut the deficit to 14-7 with 7:06 left in the third period.

"There were a lot of arm tackles, I kept my balance and kept going," said Kilpatrick, who ended with 31 yards for 141 yards, 111 yards coming in the second half. "I was too fast to the holes in the first half. In the second half, I stopped and looked where I had to go."

Kilpatrick, who also caught a pass, accounted for 157 of Chambersburg's 222 total yards.

Bunce ran for 224 yards, all but 63 of Carlisle's total yardage.

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