Trojans manhandled by Panthers

October 27, 2007|By Chris Carter

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Chambersburg High School marching band was missing from Friday night's home football finale against Central Dauphin East.

The Trojans' football team showed, but had little to show for it.

Chambersburg committed more penalties (eight) than first downs (five) and got outscored 26-0 in the second quarter in falling to the Panthers 40-14 in Mid-Penn Commonwealth action at Trojan Stadium.

"(CD East) played very, very well," said Chambersburg coach Dave Carruthers. "They have a lot of good, skilled kids and they hit the holes well. I thought maybe we'd be able to slow them down."

Not even the steady rain that fell could slow the Panthers (4-5, 3-4), who rushed for 190 yards on 23 carries in the first half. Aaron Marks ran for 94 yards and two touchdowns, and Anthony Jackson and Travis McFarland each rushed for a score before halftime.


Chambersburg (1-8, 0-8) was as committed to its ground game, but the results were markedly different. The Trojans rushed 18 times for just 47 yards in the first two quarters, with only one run of more than 10 yards - compared to five for CD East. For the game, Chambersburg was outrushed, 269-78.

"Running the ball was our strength, we just weren't able to do it," Carruthers said. "They gave us some stuff and we just didn't execute. We got manhandled."

The only saving grace for Chambersburg was winning the turnover battle, but in the end it was unimportant. The Trojans recovered three fumbles - the first by Swaine Hinton that was returned 54 yards for a touchdown for the first points just 2:08 into the game.

"I was hoping that might give us a bit of a spark or something," Carruthers said. "It didn't."

The Panthers answered with five straight touchdowns to end the half, capped by McFarland's 22-yard score to Guy Clark for a 33-6 lead. Backup quarterback Dominick Hobdy ran for a 1-yard touchdown with 1:21 left in the third quarter to up the lead to 40-6.

The Trojans made it bookend scores when Colby Lehman hit Hinton for a 29-yard touchdown against CD East reserves with 5:01 left in the game, and Joey Wilmot ran in the two-point conversion to chop the lead to 40-14. Lehman replaced Brian Reese at halftime and completed 3 of 9 passes for 52 yards. Reese was 1-for-4 for 19 yards.

"I just wanted to give somebody else a chance and see if we could get a little spark," Carruthers said.

Doug Kilpatrick led Chambersburg with 68 yards rushing and was intercepted on a halfback pass - the lone Trojans turnover.

McFarland was 5-for-7 passing for 67 yards, with 41 yards rushing for CD East. Jackson had 68 yards rushing.

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