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Trojans need change, fall quarter short (8/30)

September 05, 2008|By CURT HORNBECKER

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Call it a learning process for the Chambersburg football team.

Clinging to an 11-point lead after three quarters, the Trojans all but disintegrated - giving up 29 unanswered points in the final 12 minutes - to drop a 36-18 decision to Lower Dauphin in nonleague play Friday night.

"When the wheels fell off, they fell off," said Chambersburg coach Dave Carruthers. "At least the kids got a taste of it. Because we haven't won much, the kids don't know what it takes to play four quarters."

The Falcons (1-0) managed to wrestle the momentum from Chambersburg for good with just 22 seconds left in the first half, when quarterback Nick Atanasoff spotted Jared Bausch for a 31-yard touchdown pass to close the Trojans' lead to 18-7 at the half.

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Chambersburg's defense bent, but didn't break to keep the Falcons from further closing the gap in the third quarter. But the Trojans (0-1) were continuously saddled with miserable field position.

"That touchdown (at the end of the first half) was nice," said Falcons coach Rob Klock. "Field position really limited what they could do offensively, and I think that was the difference in the game."

Once the Falcons started scoring in the fourth period, there was no stopping them. Atanasoff threw touchdown passes of 13 and 28 yards, and Demetri Christofes picked off a Brian Reese pass and returned it 52 yards - all in less than four minutes - for a 29-18 lead.

Atanasoff completed 14 of 26 passes for 186 yards and three touchdowns.

The Trojans scored all 18 of their points in the second period. Erik Jacobs booted a 41-yard field goal and Doug Kilpatrick scored twice on a 5-yard run and a 35-yard pass from Reese.

After racking up 197 yards of total offense in the first half, Chambersburg was held to just 75 yards in the second half.

It was just the opposite for Lower Dauphin, which rolled to 195 second-half yards.

"It wasn't a real rah-rah talk at halftime," said Klock. "I just told them they needed to start reading their keys and they executed."

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