Special teams help Bulldogs beat Knights
CLAYSBURG — When its Inter-County Conference game with Moshannon Valley started slowly, Claysburg-Kimmel was looking for a spark to turn the contest in its favor.
The special teams unit of the Bulldogs answered the call.
C-K was able to come up with big plays on special teams that helped put its offense in prime position to score, and the Bulldogs were able to capitalize as they turned three chances into points in a 30-0 Inter-County Conference victory over Moshannon Valley.
Play(s) of the game: Leading 8-0, C-K’s Kobe Harr returned a punt 39 yards to the MV 3 — setting up a Corey Chamberlain quarterback sneak two plays later on a 1-yard run.
After the Black Knights were forced to punt on the ensuing possession, Claysburg’s Pressten Imler broke through the line and partially blocked the punt by MV’s Joe Bacher. The punt traveled 10 yards where Preston Bush scooped it up and raced 10 yards to the MV 10. Two plays later, Harr had found the end zone from 4-yards out and the Bulldogs had a 24-0 edge with 4:01 left before the half.
Players of the game: The Claysburg-Kimmel special teams unit. In addition to the previous two plays mentioned, the Bulldogs used a Levi Brown 46-yard punt return to the MV 10 to cash in for the final time.
Unsung heroes: Claysburg’s Isaac Kerr recovered two fumbles and Seth Musselman came up with the first fumble of the game which set up the Bulldogs’ first score when Harr crossed the goal line on a 13-yard run with 2:40 left in the opening quarter.
Most vital statistics: The Claysburg defense allowed zero passing yards on 10 attempts by the Black Knights … The two teams combined for 12 punts in the game with Mo Valley attempting eight for 33.3 yards per punt and C-K kicking away four for 34.8 yards per punt.
Claysburg-Kimmel coach Matt Bilchak: “This was one of those nights where the score wasn’t really reflective of how we played. I really wanted us to play and be a little bit cleaner in some aspects … I expect us to come out and be mentally a little bit better prepared.”
Moshannon Valley coach Mike Keith: “We gave them (Claysburg-Kimmel) pretty much every touchdown they got. Our defense played, I don’t want to say lights out, but they played decent. We can’t give up big plays like that. Special teams, they had three big returns.”
Claysburg-Kimmel’s Pressten Imler: “I just rushed the ball, made sure I got to the guy. I was just focused on the punt and blocked it.”
Notable: The Bulldogs were penalized 10 times for 100 yards. One holding call wiped a Brown 25-yard touchdown run off the board … The Black Knights gained just 15 yards on the ground on 19 attempts in the opening half, while Claysburg gained 96 on 15 tries … Bacher, who entered Friday as the area’s leading rusher with 706 yards was held to 49 on 22 attempts. The number was helped by a 48-yard run early in the third, otherwise, it would have been a 1-yard-on-21-attempts night.
Records: Moshannon Valley (1-3); Claysburg-Kimmel (3-1).
Next week: Moshannon Valley travels to Bellwood-Antis next Friday; Claysburg-Kimmel visits Glendale on the same night.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Moshannon Valley 0 0 0 0 — 0
Claysburg-Kimmel 8 16 6 0 — 30
CK–Harr 13 run (Harr pass from Chamberlain), 2:40.
CK–Chamberlain 1 run (Brown run), 6:32.
CK–Harr 4 run (Harr pass from Chamberlain), 4:01.
CK–Bush 10 pass from Chamberlain (kick failed), 4:15.
TEAM STATISTICS MV CK
First downs 3 8
Total yards 82 224
Rushes-yards 33-82 32-151
Yards passing 0 73
Passing (comp.-att.-int.) 0-10-1 8-16-1
Punts-avg. 8-33.3 4-34.8
Fumbles-lost 6-3 4-2
Penalties-yards 4-32 10-100
RUSHING–Moshannon Valley, Bacher 22-49, Webb 4-3, McCoy 7-30. Claysburg-Kimmel, Harr 4-49, Musselman 13-66, Brown 4-17, Chamberlain 4-21, Noah 2-7, C. Claycomb 4-(-8), TEAM 1-(-1).
PASSING–Moshannon Valley, Webb 0-3-0-0, Kephart 0-7-1-0. Claysburg-Kimmel, Chamberlain 8-16-1-73.
RECEIVING–Moshannon Valey, none. Claysburg-Kimmel, Harr 1-18, Noah 3-33, Bush 2-14, Musselman 2-8.