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Central Cambria routs Johnstown

EBENSBURG — Central Cambria scored in almost every fashion of the game, including a punt return for a touchdown, as its defense smothered Johnstown, 54-7, to start off the 100th year of football for the Red Devils on Friday night in high school action.

Central Cambria was able to score three times in the first quarter en route to a 34-0 halftime lead. There would be no miracle comeback like in 2018 when the Red Devils came back from 21 points down at halftime to win.

Play of the game: After stopping Johnstown’s most successful drive of the game up to that point, Central Cambria’s Luca Tsikalas ran back a punt 74 yards for a touchdown after breaking a tackle by the initial defender.

Player of the game: Central Cambria running back Dylan Long rushed 6 times for 69 yards, and also had a fumble recovery in the end zone on defense.

Unsung hero(es): Central Cambria quarterback Carter Seymour, who was a perfect 4-for-4 in passing with two touchdowns, one on a fade route in the corner of the end zone to Ethan Gillian, and another on a jump pass over the middle to his tight end, Jake Wentz.

Most vital statistic(s): Of the 29 rushes by Central Cambria, only four were for a loss versus 12 negative rushing yards by Johnstown.

Central Cambria coach Shane McGregor: “We didn’t have a lot of these feelings last year, but we wanted to recapture that week one feeling we had last year and we played fantastic.”

Johnstown coach Bruce Jordan: ” Central Cambria played a good football game, I can’t take anything away from them. We did not do a very good job responding.”

Notable: Central Cambria scored on two Johnstown punt plays: once on a fumbled snap and the another on the Tsikalas return.

Records: Johnstown(0-1), Central Cambria (1-0)

Next week: Central Cambria visits Penn Cambria.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Greater Johnstown 0 0 0 7 — 7

Central Cambria 21 13 13 7 — 54

First quarter

CC–Long 29 run (Johnson kick), 11:05.

CC-Fryer 28 fumble return (Johnson kick), 2:38.

CC – Tsikalas 74 punt return (Johnson kick), :10

Second quarter

CC-Dill 10 run (kick failed), 1:02.

CC-Gillian 10 pass from Seymour (Johnson kick), 0:12.

Third quarter

CC-Dill 4 Run (kick failed), 8:20.

CC-Wentz 18 Pass from Seymour (Johnson kick), 4:00.

Fourth quarter

J–Thomas 74 run (Novak kick), 5:42.

CC-Villarrial 1 run (Johnson kick), 1:48.

TEAM STATISTICS J CC

First downs 7 7

Total yards 222 202

Rushes-yards 29-110 29-155

Yards passing 112 47

Passing (comp.-att.-int.) 7-13-1 4-4-0

Punts-avg. 1-29 1-38

Fumbles-lost 2-1 2-2

Penalties-yards 4-35 2-14

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING: Johnstown — Roebuck 1 – (-2), Gunby 9 – 14, Barber 14 – 20, Reed 2 – 3, Thomas 2 – 75. Central Cambria — Long 6-69, Keiper 5 – 12, Tsikalas 2 – 3. Seymour 1 – (-4), Dill 7 – 56, Villarrial 5 – 11, Little 1 – (-2), Keiper 1 – 7, Brunatti 1 – 3.

PASSING: Johnstown — Barber 7-13-1-112, Kobal 0-1-0-0. Central Cambria: Seymour 4-4-2-47

RECEIVING: Johnstown — Tisinger 4 – 52, Reed 2 – 55, Istvan 1 – 5. Central Cambria: Wentz 1-18, Gillin 2 -16, Wyrwas 1 – 13.

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