C-K’s Bilchak gets first victory
CLAYSBURG — There is no doubt that every coach remembers his first win, as different memories of the night will last in the mind for years to come.
Count Claysburg-Kimmel’s Matt Bilchak among that group, and the memory for him is going to be extra special and a little peculiar at the same time as his Bulldogs won 28-0 over Williamsburg in a rare lightning-shortened contest.
“I kind of joke around that this is Claysburg and we do things a little bit unconventionally,” Bilchak said. “So, it’s only fitting that this is the way that it plays out for the first win.”
While the game was called around the midway point of the third quarter after lightning continued to flash across the sky, there was no doubt who was in charge of the game as the Bulldogs dominated the Blue Pirates from the opening possession.
Williamsburg began the game with a 10-play drive that eventually stalled out at the CK 37 when quarterback Wade Shultz was hit for a 5-yard loss on fourth down.
After Kobe Harr lost 4 yards on first down, QB Corey Chamberlain hit Seth Musselman for six before finding R.J. Helsel for a 56-yard touchdown strike at the 5:18 mark of the first.
“I was probably just as excited as the kids were (with the touchdown),” Bilchak said. “After having so many plays last week where we didn’t execute, it was nice to come out and really start to see the hard work that the kids put in this week pay off.”
With the win, Claysburg evens its mark at 1-1, while Williamsburg falls to 0-2.
“We had two guys right there and the receiver just made a really nice catch,” Williamsburg coach Bob Hearn said. “He was able to adjust to it, make a good catch and get down the sideline. It was a big play for them — it got them fired up.”
The two squads turned the ball over on downs before Harr’s hit on Shultz for a 1-yard loss caused the signal caller to cough up the ball which C-K’s Landan Bauman recovered at the Williamsburg 13.
Two plays later, Chamberlain and Helsel connected again as the senior hauled in a fingertip catch on an inside slant then dove across the goal line with two Blue Pirate defenders trying to keep him out. Helsel would tack on the two-point conversion on a run to put his team up 14-0 at the 11:19 mark of the second.
“We’ve struggled on pass defense and giving up big plays,” Hearn said. “That’s what sort of hurt us again tonight.”
On the ensuing kickoff, Williamsburg returner Dallas Price had the ball knocked loose, which was recovered by Claysburg’s Cade Keithley at the Blue Pirate 33.
The Bulldogs put together an 11-play drive but the Williamsburg defense came up with four straight stops from the 3 to get the ball back.
The Blue Pirates were unable to capitalize and when Shultz’s punt only traveled 13 yards, Claysburg-Kimmel was set up in prime field position just 18 yards out. Zach Claycomb took care of all 18 of those yards on the first play as the junior got to the outside, out ran and then dove for the pylon to score to put C-K up 22-0 with 3:13 showing before the half.
The Bulldogs’ passing game was taking care of spreading out the Williamsburg defense with Chamberlain throwing for 125 yards — 119 of which went to Helsel on just four catches.
“R.J.’s one of our seniors. He’s one of our leaders and he’s been doing everything that we’ve asked of him,” Bilchak said. “We put a lot on his plate this season and he’s answered the bell every time.”
The Claysburg defense was equally up to the challenge as they held the Blue Pirates to just 34 total yards and just 22 rushing on 22 attempts.
The big play on the C-K defensive side came from Alex Kulick who would close out the scoring when he leapt in front of Williamsburg TE Shane Brantner to intercept Shultz, then returned it 22 yards to paydirt at the 8:40 mark of the third to set the final.
Despite the loss and the TD run by Claycomb, Hearn thought his defensive line made strides from last week as they held the Claysburg ground game in check.
“I thought defensively we tackled better than we did last week,” Hearn said. “I thought our front seven played pretty well. They (Claysburg) had trouble running the ball up inside.”
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Williamsburg 0 0 0 X — 0
Claysburg-Kimmel 6 16 6 X — 28
CK–Helsel 56 pass from Chamberlain (pass failed), 5:18.
CK–Helsel 13 pass from Chamberlain (Helsel run), 11:19.
CK–Claycomb 18 run (Helsel run), 3:13..
CK–Kulick 22 interception return (pass failed), 8:40.
TEAM STATISTICS W CK
First downs 2 8
Total yards 43 214
Rushes-yards 22-22 25-89
Yards passing 12 125
Passing (comp.-att.-int.) 2-5-1 5-13-0
Punts-avg. 2-17.5 1-32.0
Fumbles-lost 5-2 1-0
Penalties-yards 1-5 3-14
RUSHING: Williamsburg, Clark 14-37, Shultz 4-(-5), D. Price 3-5, TEAM 1-(-15). Claysburg-Kimmel, Harr 16-52, Musselman 2-1, Helsel 2-(-4), Claycomb 4-19, Chamberlain 1-9.
PASSING: Williamsburg, Shultz 2-5-1-12. Claysburg-Kimmel, Chamberlain 5-13-0-125.
RECEIVING: Williamsburg, McCall 1-9, Brantner 1-3. Claysburg-Kimmel, Helsel 4-119, Musselman 1-6.