Ridge tops Trojans in shortened game
By Nate Cobler
For the Mirror
NEW PARIS — Friday night was the first matchup between Chestnut Ridge and Johnstown on the gridiron.
It’s safe to say it could be the most memorable, too.
“This is a very strange night,” Trojans coach Tony Penna Jr. said. “We just didn’t think we could get away from this lightning. It’s coming back down right now as we are talking. It’s pretty tough.”
The game was “called” in the words of Chestnut Ridge Athletic Director Mark Clevenger with 12 seconds remaining in the first half. Unofficially, the Lions came away with a 22-0 victory to remain unbeaten in their first year back in the Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference.
“If it is a win, it’s kind of bittersweet, I guess,” Chestnut Ridge coach Max Shoemaker said with a laugh. “This is a confusing night. Coach Penna was concerned about kids warming up again, so we always want to have the safety of student-athletes first. It’s better to error on the safe side then put them at risk.”
However, this wasn’t the first time Shoemaker has experienced a night like Friday’s in his 38 years as a coach. He reminisced about a game just a few years ago that the Lions were a part of that ended at 11 p.m.
In the limited time that they had, Chestnut Ridge’s dynamic duo of fullback Jared McGill and quarterback Logan Pfister made their presence felt. The pair split the Lions’ 12 carries equally with Pfister’s 71 yards and two touchdowns leading the way.
“As of right now, it’s working real well,” said McGill, who had 27 rushing yards and the only other score of the night. “We feed off of each other. I have a big run, and then they key on me. He then pulls it and runs. It’s working well so far, so we will see how it works the rest of the year.”
It took a little while until McGill, Pfister and Co. to get things rolling, but it came with some help.
On Johnstown’s second possession of the night, Roderick Rosiek fumbled the ball deep in the Trojans’ end of the field with the Lions’ Trey Maxwell coming up with the recovery. Two plays later, Pfister rumbled around the right edge from 5 yards out. A botched snap on the extra point turned into a two-point conversion and an 8-0 lead.
The second score of the night came on a near 5-minute drive, that was capped off with McGill running over several Trojan defenders on his way to the endzone.
In what was be the final score of the game, Chestnut Ridge again had prime field position as Johnstown had a bad snap on a punt from its own 30. The ball turned over at the Trojans’ 13. On the first play of the Lions’ drive, Pfister rumbled for all 13 yards and the score with 2:29 left in the half.
“Ridge has a nice team with some nice weapons,” Penna Jr. said. “Once they got things rolling, McGill and the quarterback were just a little too much. We did a decent job early with McGill and his talent level, but they pulled and went to the quarterback and we weren’t effective in stopping him. We handed them too much, when they are good already.”
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Johnstown 0 0 X X — 0
Chestnut Ridge 8 14 X X — 22
CR–Pfister 18 run (McVicker pass from Holderbaum), 4:31.
CR–McGill 5 run (Anderson kick), 4:30.
CR–Pfister 13 run (Anderson kick), 2:29.
TEAM STATISTICS J CR
First downs 4 7
Total yards 53 104
Rushes-yards 20-15 12-98
Yards passing 38 6
Passing (comp.-att.-int.) 3-3-0 1-3-0
Punts-avg. 1-44 1-37
Fumbles-lost 2-1 0-0
Penalties-yards 1-4 3-20
RUSHING–Johnstown, Roderick Rosiek 10-20, Brock Moore 9-(minus 6), Zorin Istvan 1-1. Chestnut Ridge, McGill 6-27, Pfister 6-71.
PASSING–Johnstown, Moore 3-3-0. Chestnut Ridge, Pfister 1-3-0.
RECEIVING–Johnstown, Rosiek 2-15, Tylon Jones 1-23. Chestnut Ridge, Jacob Mowry 1-6.