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Red Devils humbled in season opener

September 1, 2012
By Paul Buriak - For the Mirror , The Altoona Mirror

EBENSBURG - Not much went the Red Devils' way in Central Cambria's season opener Friday night against visiting Somerset.

The Golden Eagles were in control on both sides of the ball and rolled to a 30-0 victory that pleased Somerset coach Bob Landis.

"We came out and played well," Landis said. "Our offense moved the ball, and you can't ask much more from your defense than to pitch a shutout."

Somerset quarterback Tanner Stull had a big night directing the Golden Eagles' spread offense, as he completed 9 of 14 passes for 158 yards and two touchdowns, while adding a team-leading 60 rushing yards and another score.

"We still have some things to work on," Landis said, "but our offense looked good."

Defensively, the Eagles limited the Red Devils to 47 yards on the ground.

"We couldn't sustain any drives, and they just flew to the ball," said Central Cambria coach Sam Shutty. "We weren't quite ready for their speed on both sides of the ball."

Somerset jumped out to an early lead, driving 57 yards in 10 plays on their initial series. Stull picked up a 15-yard gain on the ground, and Blake Faulkner followed with a 16-yard bolt to eventually set up Stull's 1-yard sneak at the 6:11 mark. Sam Hayward's extra point made it 7-0.

The Eagles eventually added a pair of second-quarter touchdowns, the first of which came as the result of a Red Devil turnover. After Somerset recovered a fumble at the Devil 34, four plays later Stull hit Zach Baker for a 28-yard score on fourth down.

Late in the half, Somerset drove 80 yards in just six plays, keyed by Stull's rushes of 17 and 13 yards. He also completed a pair of passes during the series, including a 28-yard touchdown strike to Doug Berkebile with 1:17 left that built an eventual 19-0 halftime advantage.

Somerset engineered another long drive in the third quarter, moving 80 yards in 10 plays following a missed Red Devil field goal attempt. Faulkner's 25-yard reception and a Central Cambria pass interference penalty led to a 15-yard touchdown run by Faulkner with just over 2 minutes remaining in the quarter. Tanner Sarver's conversion run made it 27-0.

Hayward added a 40-yard field goal with 5 minutes remaining.

"We have a very young team and not a lot of depth," Shutty said. "You saw some growing pains for us out there tonight."


Somerset7 12 8 3 - 30

Central Cambria0 0 0 0 - 0

First Quarter

S-Stull 1 run (Sam Hayward kick) 6:11

Second Quarter

S-Baker 28 pass from Stull (kick failed) 8:33

S-Berkebile 28 pass from Stull (pass failed) 1:17

Third Quarter

S-Faulkner 15 run (Sarver run) 2:01

Fourth Quarter

S-Hayward 40 FG 5:02

Rushing: Somerset-Stull 14-62, Faulkner 9-50, Sarver 4-8, Boyer 4-12, Willkow 1-minus 1, Beeman 1-4, Sube 2-11, Talley 2-2. Central Cambria-Gironda 7-9, Seymour 9-30, Mazzarella 3-minus 11, Gilkey 2-0, Myers 1-2, Pennington 1-2, McBreen 3-4, Bauer 3-11

Passing: Somerset-Stull 9-14-0-158, Beeman 1-1-0-6. Central Cambria-Seymour 8-22-2-121, Gilkey 0-1-0-0

Receiving: Somerset-Faulkner 3-41, Berkebile 2-37, Walker 1-10, Baker 1-28, VanLenten 1-21, Willkow 1-21, Sube 1-6. Central Cambria-Long 4-64, Shaffer 2-30, Myers 2-27

Interceptions: Somerset-Baker 2-67.

Team StatsSCC

First Downs1512


Passing (cp.-att.-int.)10-15-08-23-2

Passing Yards164121

Total Yards312168




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