CUMBERLAND, Md. - Chestnut Ridge pushed its winning streak to five games with a 21-16 come-from-behind victory over Allegany (Md.), Friday evening in western Maryland.
Trailing 10-7 at halftime, Chestnut Ridge scored a pair of second-half touchdowns and used some timely, yet key defensive plays to push its record to 6-2 overall. Senior quarterback Beau Bosch accounted for 110 yards in total offense and junior fullback Matt Wiley rushed for 110 more on the ground to power the Lions to 277 yards in total offense.
"We came out of the locker room after halftime with a chip on our shoulder," said Bosch when asked about a sluggish first half. "We weren't as strong as we could've been, but the guys pulled out of the mud and played much better in the second half. We made some big plays when we needed to make them."
After turning the ball over on downs at midfield on their first drive of the second half, the Lions found the end zone on their next two possessions for a 21-10 lead.
Behind Bosch and Wiley, Chestnut Ridge put together the longest drive of the game for either team as it marched 82 yards on 13 plays and grabbed a 14-10 lead with just 29 seconds left in the third quarter. Bosch totaled 39 yards on the drive and Wiley busted out a 41-yard run up the home sideline to spark the drive. Bosch capped the drive with a 5-yard touchdown.
Allegany's drive stalled on its ensuing possession, and on fourth-and-three, the Campers (3-4) tried a fake punt. However, Darion Lopez was dropped for no gain by Bosch and senior Tanner Colledge as the Lions took over on Allegany's 45.
Chestnut Ridge wasted little time in extending its lead to 21-10 with its final score of the evening just 1:49 after the fourth down stop. On the fourth play of the drive, Bosch connected with senior J.D. Weyant for a 30-yard touchdown with 8:42 showing on the fourth quarter clock.
Allegany answered quickly with an eight-play, 58-yard scoring drive with 5:49 left in the game. Trenton Eirich scored from a yard out that narrowed the gap to 21-16.
Following the touchdown, Chestnut Ridge maneuvered to the Camper 26, but turned it over on downs with 2:20 to play. Allegany quickly gained 15 yards on its first two plays of the drive, but the Lion defense stepped up to seal the win. Back-to-back sacks and an interception by junior Noah Osman at midfield gave Chestnut Ridge the win.
"It was an ugly win," Chestnut Ridge coach Max Shoemaker said. "Our guys played well and made some key plays on key drives when we needed them. Credit Allegany for playing well, but our guys showed a lot of heart and character. In the end, we persevered."
After a scoreless opening quarter, Wiley scored from 10 yards out to cap an 11-play, 64-yard drive that gave the Lions a 7-0 lead midway through the second.
Allegany answered with a Kirk Robinette 4-yard touchdown run at 2:37, and Nathan Condor booted a 31-yard field goal with 29 seconds showing on the first-half clock, and the Campers led 10-7 at intermission.
"Coach Shoemaker has us heading in the right direction" added Bosch when asked about the winning streak. "He has everybody on the team improving from week to week."
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Chestnut Ridge0 7 7 7 - 21
Allegany0 10 0 6 - 16
CR-Wiley 10 run (Van Meter kick), 6:50
A-Robinette 4 run (Condor kick), 2:37
A-Condor 31 FG, :29.
CR-Bosch 5 run (Van Meter kick), :29
CR-Weyant 30 pass from Bosch (Van Meter kick), 8:42
A-Eirich 1 run (pass failed), 5:49
RUSHING: Chestnut Ridge-M. Wiley 15-110, Bosch 19-72, Crouse 4-30, Lohr 3-19, T. Wiley 3-5, Osman 1-4. Allegany-Robinette 10-102, Golliday 12-66, Lopez 9-62, Shockey 8-45, Eirich 9-20.
PASSING: Chestnut Ridge-Bosch 4-10-0-47. Allegany-Eirich 3-5-0-28, Robinette 0-1-1-0.
RECEIVING: Chestnut Ridge-Weyant 2-36, Osman 1-7, Lohr 1-4. Allegany-Hickle 1-12, Robinette 1-10, Lopez 1-6.
INTERCEPTIONS: Chestnut Ridge - Osman.