Passing attack helps Ridge topple Eagles
SOMERSET — The Chestnut Ridge Lions, having early success in their first year in the Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference, traveled to Somerset for a battle with the Golden Eagles on Friday night.
After going ahead 3-0 on a Kurt Pucci field goal with 3:00 remaining in the first quarter, and Chestnut Ridge not yet having a first down after three drives, Somerset looked to be in the driver’s seat early in the game.
Chestnut Ridge responded with touchdowns on four consecutive drives to go ahead by 25 at halftime, and the Lions never looked back, defeating the Eagles 41-9.
“Our team played a well-rounded game tonight,” Chestnut Ridge coach Max Shoemaker said. “The defense stepped up big by holding them mainly to a field goal, and our offense put up a lot of points. You cant ask for much else.”
The Lions’ passing game, though barely used in the first two games, played a key role in the game Friday after senior running back Jared McGill left the game in the first quarter with an injury.
“That’s where the game kind of took off on us,” Somerset coach Bob Landis said, referring to the injury. “They started passing the ball a lot more and we had trouble stopping it.”
After only passing the ball 14 times in the first two games, Chestnut Ridge quarterback Logan Pfister went 14-of-15 passing with 207 yards and two touchdowns. Backup quarterback Matt Whysong went 3-for-3 after coming in during the fourth quarter.
“He was definitely our biggest weapon tonight,” Shoemaker said. “After Jared (McGill) went out, he had to carry the load for us and did a fantastic job.”
Both of Pfister’s passing touchdowns were in the first half, as the Lions went ahead 28-3, while also collecting two rushing touchdowns from Jacob Mowery on only two rushes.
Pfister finished the first half a perfect 9-of-9 passing with 122 yards and two touchdowns, while hitting six different receivers. He also added 59 rushing yards.
Two Somerset quarterbacks, Spencer Yutzy and Brad Barndt, combined 1-for-4 passing for 1 yard. Dustin Hyde led the Golden Eagle offense with 36 rushing yards.
The second-half momentum stayed with Chestnut Ridge, as Brodie Harbaugh scored twice to put the Lions up 41-3 halfway through the third quarter, and putting the running clock into effect.
Neither team scored until the final minute of the fourth quarter, when Bryce Mulhollen took a 31-yard quarterback keeper into the end zone to set the final score after a failed two-point conversion.
“I told our guys that we have to get better,” Landis said. “We will bounce back though. We have a talented team, and we will compete the rest of the season.”
Hyde ended the game still leading the offensive stat sheet for the Golden Eagles, finishing with 63 rushing yards, and Mulhollen ended with 54 on only two drives.
For Chestnut Ridge, Harbaugh had 53 yards rushing, and Austin Crocker led in the receiving yards category with 59.
Chestnut Ridge (3-0) will host Westmont next week, while Somerset (1-2) will travel to Forest Hills.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Chestnut Ridge 7 21 13 0 — 41
Somerset 3 0 0 6 — 9
S–FG Pucci 25, 3:12.
CR–Bowser 20 pass from Pfister (Anderson kick), 0:58.
CR–Weaver 35 pass from Pfister (Anderson kick), 11:52.
CR–Mowry 26 run (Anderson kick), 6:17.
CR–Mowry 1 run (Anderson kick), 0:00.
CR–Harbaugh 3 run (Anderson kick), 5:49.
CR–Harbaugh 3 run (Anderson kick missed), 3:45.
S–Mulhollen 31 run (Miller pass incomplete), 0:31.
Team Statistics CR S
First Downs 13 7
Total Net Yards 369 172
Rushes-Yards 26-130 28-154
Passing Yards 239 18
Comp-Att-Int 17-18-0 5-15-1
Punts-AVG 3-44.3 4-44.8
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 2-2
Penalties-Yards 9-53 5-49
RUSHING–Chestnut Ridge, Pfister 8-59, Harbaugh 9-53, Mowry 2-27, McGill 2-2, McVicker 1-2, Weyandt 1-2, Bollman 2-0, Whysong 1-(minus 16). Somerset, Hyde 11-63, Mulhollen 3-54, Yutzy 7-26, Hemminger 2-4, Barndt 1-3, Rios 3-2, Krause 1-2.
PASSING–Chestnut Ridge, Pfister 14-15-0-207, Whysong 3-3-0-32. Somerset, Mulhollen 1-3-0-11, Barndt 4-10-1-7, Yutzy 0-2-0-0.
RECEIVING–Chestnut Ridge, Crocker 3-59, McVicker 5-51, Weaver 1-35, Bowser 2-27, Gardner 2-24, Harbaugh 1-21, Whysong 1-10, Bollman 1-8, Holderbaum 1-4. Somerset, Krause 2-13, Hemminger 1-11, N. Hyde 1-1, D. Hyde 1-(minus 7).