EBENSBURG - Central Cambria quarterback Will Seymour stepped under center late Friday night with 2 minutes, 55 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.
He had no timeouts to use, and his Red Devils were trailing Cambria Heights by four.
Seymour then completed 7-of-9 passes for 64 yards to set his offense up inside the Highlander 30.
But the play called by coach Bill Corrente that would set up the Devils' game-winning touchdown did not require Seymour to take to the air.
Instead, on 3rd-and-1, Seymour turned and handed the ball off to Kerry Kirsch, who took the ball 26 yards to the 2. More importantly, he got out of bounds with 37 seconds remaining.
"I could see what the defense was giving us. I knew, at the time, that was the right play," Seymour said. "Coach Corrente had that look in his eye. If he said something, I was going with it. Because when he gets in the groove, you have to listen to him because he knows what he's doing."
Kirsch's run set up Seymour's 2-yard touchdown run on the following play and cemented the final score at 10-7 at Central Cambria Stadium. It was Kirsch's only carry all night.
"We saw that sweep open," Corrente said. "They were reeling a little bit, they weren't getting set. So we thought we could get in the kid's hands who knew could run it. We thought, if anything, he'd get out of bounds to stop the clock."
The late score erased a lead that the Highlanders built in the third quarter, when running back Josh Fees scored from 42 yards out on the first play from scrimmage after a Red Devil punt.
Central Cambria's Colby Crimmins had the only other points of the game on a 32-yard field goal with 33 seconds remaining in the first half.
"Offense was hard to come by for both teams," Highlanders coach Jarrod Lewis said. "Two good defenses, two evenly matched teams fighting really hard on this one."
Cambria Heights held a slight 12-yard advantage in total offense at the half. However,
Central Cambria totaled 252 yards at the end of the game, Heights 226.
Seymour finished 12-of-25 with 122 passing yards. Stephen Davis was his leading receiver, hauling in six catches for 57 yards. Scott Bauer led the running game with 48 yards on seven carries.
Fees led the Highlanders with 102 yards and one touchdown on 16 carries. Quarterback Richard Legros completed 2-of-6 for 15 yards, throwing three interceptions. Heights threw four interceptions Friday, Tanner Ambrisco picking two and Trevor Zearing and Davis each one. The Devils fumbled the ball four times, but only lost possession once.
"We didn't play our best football, but it feels great to get out with a W," Seymour said.
Central Cambria (3-1) travels to cross-town rival Bishop Carroll next week, while Cambria Heights (1-3) travels to Forest Hills.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Cambria Heights0 0 7 0 - 7
Central Cambria0 3 0 7 - 10
CC-Crimmins 32 FG, 0:33.
CH-Fees 42 run (Johnny Galinis kick), 4:47.
CC-Seymour 2 run (Crimmins kick), 0:37.
RUSHING: Cambria Heights-Fees 16-102, Dennis Link 16-52, Joe Davis 6-38, Legros 9-25, Cody Baker 1-0, Team 1 (-6). Central Cambria-Bauer 7-48, Ryan Duman2-31, Kirsch 1-26, Steven Pennington 5-20, Seymour 5-11, Brian Young 2-2, Team 3-(-8).
RECEIVING: Cambria Heights-Shawn Lacue 1-13, Baker 1-2. Central Cambria-Davis 6-57, Matt Leary 2-26, Ambrisco 3-26, Young 1-13.
PASSING: Cambria Heights-Legros 2-6-3-15, Eddie Link 0-1-0-0, James Baum 0-1-1-0. Central Cambria-Seymour 12-25-0-122.
INTERCEPTIONS: Cambria Heights-none. Central Cambria-Ambriso 2-10, Zearing 1-0, Davis 1-0.
Yards passing15 122