Heights runs away in season opener

PATTON — After not scoring a single point in last year’s 6-0 loss to Penn Cambria, Cambria Heights dominated on the offensive side of the ball in this year’s edition.

The Highlanders defeated the Panthers, 42-6, Saturday afternoon aided by a 349-yard team rushing attack, in the season opener for both clubs.

Play of the game: Highlander defensive end Bailey Horvath burst through the Penn Cambria line and blocked Nick Marinak’s punt to set Cambria Heights up in scoring position early in the third quarter. The Highlanders later scored to increase the lead to 29.

Player of the game: Heights running back Tyler Trybus, who had 26 carries for 198 yards and scored three touchdowns.

Unsung hero: Cambria Heights defensive tackle Noah Donahue, who had two sacks and forced a fumble to end the first half.

Most vital statistic: Cambria Heights kept the ball on the ground for all but two plays. Both pass attempts by quarterback Ryan Bearer were incomplete.

Cambria Heights coach Jarrod Lewis: “I thought we came out and set the tone. That’s very important. We really wanted to try some different things today, but what we were doing worked, so we stuck with it. The offensive line did a great job today. Trybus ran hard behind them. With all the backs and receivers, there was just great blocking all around today.”

Heights running back Tyler Trybus: “The line blocked for us. We got off on the right foot.”

Heights defensive tackle Noah Donahue: “Everyone was on the same page today. When you come out and score on the first drive following a defensive stop, it just sets the tone of the game.”

Heights running back Jared Fox: “It was a really hard game right off the bat. Everyone’s attitudes were really high up. That first touchdown really changed everyone’s attitudes. In reality, we set the tone really high for everyone else here.”

Penn Cambria coach Nick Felus: “We’ve got to be a little more detailed with our offense in our approach. We’ve got to do a better job taking care of the football. I thought our kids’ effort was there. I though our quarterback played with a ton of confidence and poise for a freshman. He did some really good things out there.”

Notable: Penn Cambria freshman Garrett Harrold earned the start at quarterback for the Panthers and went 17-for-29 with 198 passing yards and a touchdown. … Cambria Heights was penalized only three times for 25 yards. … Felus, the former head coach at Altoona, is a 1996 Penn Cambria alum who was coaching his first game with his alma mater.

Next week: Penn Cambria hosts Central Cambria; Cambria Heights travels to Richland.

Records: Cambria Heights (1-0); Penn Cambria (0-1).

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Penn Cambria 0 6 0 0 — 6

Cambria Heights 14 6 21 0 — 42

FIRST QUARTER

CH — Fox 13 run (Harrison kick), 10:33

CH — Trybus 3 run (Harrison kick), 0:53

SECOND QUARTER

CH — Bearer 1 run (Harrison kick), 8:29

PC — Harrold 4 pass to Marinack (conversion failed), 6:23

THIRD QUARTER

CH — Trybus 17 run (Harrison kick), 8:51

CH — Trybus 3 run (Harrison kick, 6:19

CH — Fox 11 run (Harrison kick), 2:04

TEAM STATISTICS PC CH

First downs 9 13

Total net yards 250 349

Rushes-yards 28-52 54-349

Passing 198 0

Compt-Att-Int 17-29-0 0-2-0

Punts 3-33 2-25

Fumbles-lost 3-1 1-0

Penalties-yards 6-71 3-25

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING- Penn Cambria, Harrold 12-25, Grove 3-17, Marinack 4-10, Smith 4-0. Cambria Heights, Trybus 26-195, Fox 9-79, Flis 5-4, Bearer 2-6, Haluska 3-23, Gahagan 3-21, Stockley 3-15, Westrick 1-6.

PASSING- Penn Cambria, Harrold 17-29-0-198. Cambria Heights, Bearer 0-2-0-0.

RECEIVING- Penn Cambria, Tsikalas 9-119, Marinack 5-27, Grove 2-29, Storm 2-22.

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