Cambria Heights’ struggles continue
PATTON – Everything that has gone wrong this season for Cambria Heights was on display Friday night.
The Highlanders (1-8) mustered only four first downs en route to their seventh straight loss, falling to Somerset, 41-13.
“They beat us in all aspects of the game today,” Cambria Heights coach Thad Lewis said. “That’s why they’re 8-1. Not many things went well for us tonight.”
Somerset took control of the game early as Bryce Mosteller tipped a pass by Eddie Link, which was intercepted by Doug Berkebile to give the Eagles the early 7-0 lead.
“Our defense has been our strong suit here all season, and it showed tonight,” Somerset coach Bob Landis said. “They neutralized anything Cambria Heights was trying to do and played a very good first half.”
Somerset added on in the second following a 10-yard punt after a bad snap. Raven Beeman took a sweep play down the Golden Eagles sideline for a 28-point cushion.
Cambria Heights’ misery didn’t end there as the Eagles recovered a Link fumble for the Highlanders second turnover on the night and turned it into a Dylan Barnes touchdown to give the visitors a 35-0 lead at the break.
“We made some mistakes early, and you can’t make any mistakes against a team like this,” Lewis said. “In fact, you need a few breaks.”
Barnes had nine rushes for 61 yards and scored three times for the Eagles.
Cambria Heights did not manage a single first down in the first half and registered just 94 yards in total offense, all on the ground, and did not complete a single pass.
Barnes struck again for the Golden Eagles midway through the third quarter on a 1-yard quarterback sneak to bring the mercy rule into effect.
“Our guys just came out and played well tonight. They came out and executed the way we wanted them to,” Landis said. “They just did a nice job both sides of the ball.”
Josh Fees registered the first Highlander first down mid-way through the third quarter on an 11-yard run. Cambria Heights finished the seven play, 80-yard drive with a Dennis Link draw to crack the scoreboard.
With the Highlanders out of the playoff picture, they will look to end the season on a positive note as they head to Northern Cambria next week. Somerset hosts Penn Cambria before the postseason starts the following week.
“We got one game left for these guys,” Lewis said. It’s a rivalry, and we’ll come ready to play next week.”
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Somerset21 13 7 0 41
Cambria Heights0 0 7 6 13
S Berkebile 21 interception return (Hayward Kick), 8:07
S Barnes 6 run (Hayward kick), 4:08
S Faulkner 23 run (Hayward kick), :54
S Beeman 38 run (Hayward kick), 10:57
S Barnes 3 run (Hayward kick), 6:40
S Barnes 1 run (Hayward kick), 6:31
CH D. Link 1 run (Galinis kick), 3:08
CH Flis 1 run (pass failed), 9:57
RUSHING: Somerset Stull 2-11, Beeman 2-38, Faulkner 15-62, Boyer 2-24, Barnes 9-61, Hayward 1-11, Talley 6-26, DeBlase 1-0, Hemminger 3-18. Cambria Heights E. Link 3-(-7), Fees 12-32, D. Link 8-19, Baum 2-(-7), Coy 6-29, Flis 5-28.
RECEIVING: Somerset Beeman 1-10, Baker 2-67, Berkebile 1-16, Mostoller 3-36, DeBlase 1-17. Cambria Heights None.
PASSING: Somerset Barnes 5-6-0-112, Coyle 1-1-0-13. Bedford E. Link 0-4-1-0
INTERCEPTIONS: Somerset Berkebile. Cambria Heights None.