Highlanders dominate in opener
PATTON — Cambria Heights rode its junior fullback into the end zone four times in the team’s opening game in the newly-remodeled Highlander Stadium, downing Greater Johnstown, 41-6, on a Saturday night contest which featured fireworks from the start.
Play of the game: Cambria Heights quarterback Ryan Bearer capped off an efficient sprint downfield before halftime with an over-the-shoulder touchdown pass to Jared Fox with one second remaining in the half.
Player of the game: Cambria Heights fullback Ryan Haluska carried the ball 30 times, finishing just shy of 200 yards with 199. He also found the end zone four times.
Unsung hero: Cambria Heights senior defensive end Zachary Weakland totaled three sacks on the night and was a member of a dominant Highlander offensive line that led the rushing attack to a historic night.
Most vital statistic(s): The Trojans committed two turnovers while the Highlanders played a clean game and did not turn over the ball. Cambria Heights also won in the penalty department, not committing a single foul while Greater Johnstown had seven.
Cambria Heights coach Jarrod Lewis: “We like our athletes. It just so happened today that we ran the ball a lot, but I think we have a dynamic passing game. We have some nice athletes on the outside and they did a nice job today.”
Johnstown coach Bruce Jordan: “Our team doesn’t quit. That’s a positive. We came out right away and we showed some speed, we showed some flashes. We had several plays inside the red zone. Those are the positives that we have to take away from it.”
Cambria Heights fullback Ryan Haluska: “I really couldn’t have done it without my offensive line and my backs. They blocked their hearts out this game. They do it every single week. It was five percent me, and the rest was my team. This was really a group effort.”
Notable: Cambria Heights quarterback Ryan Bearer averaged 34 yards per completion, and two of his three completions were for touchdowns … The Trojans started the game with a 69-yard screen pass for a touchdown but gave up 41 unanswered points … The Highlander offensive line only gave up one sack.
Records: Cambria Heights (1-0), Greater Johnstown (0-1)
Next week: Cambria Heights visits Central Cambria. Greater Johnstown hosts Westmont Hilltop.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Johnstown 6 0 0 0 — 6
Cambria Heights 13 15 7 7 — 41
J–Yoder 69 pass from Kobal (kick failed), 11:10
CH–Haluska 4 run (kick good), 5:57
CH–Haluska 7 run (run Failed), 3:49
CH–Haluska 7 rush (run good), 11:20
CH–Fox 16 pass from Bearer (kick good), 0:01
CH–Eckenrode 48 pass from Bearer (kick good), 11:18
CH–Haluska 9 run (run failed), 8:19
TEAM STATISTICS J CH
First downs 5 16
Total yards 189 408
Rushes-yards 14-9 55-306
Yards passing 180 102
Passing (comp.-att.-int.) 13-24-1 3-5-0
Punts-avg. 3-48.7 1-34
Fumbles-lost 1-1 0-0
Penalties-yards 7-50 0-0
RUSHING–Johnstown, Shaheed 2-13, Yoder 2-12, T. Thomas 2-3, Roebuck 1-(-1), Kobal 7-(-18). Cambria Heights, Haluska 30-199, Fox 11-56, Bearer 6-21, Yeckley 4-15, Stockley 2-12, Hite 2-3.
PASSING–Johnstown, Kobal 13-24-1-180. Cambria Heights, Bearer 3-5-0-102.
RECEIVING–Johnstown, Yoder 2-77, Shaheed 5-45, Malcolm 2-38, Sampson 2-17, Christian 1-5, Istvan 1-(-2). Cambria Heights, Eckenrode 1-48, Hite 1-38, Fox 1-16.