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Titans rally from 26-7 deficit to prevail in overtime

Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski Tussey Mountain’s David Smith fights to get past Claysburg-Kimmel’s Pressten Imler on Friday night in Claysburg.

CLAYSBURG — Tussey Mountain overcame an early three-possession deficit before quarterback Colton Bishop — on a quarterback draw from 7 yards out — capped off a stretch where the Titans scored 26 unanswered points en route to a 33-26 victory Friday night at Bulldog Stadium.

Play of the game: Bishop’s game-winner in overtime capped off a 26-point comeback for the Titans.

Player of the game: Titan RB Kaden Lucko had 140 yards on 13 carries with a touchdown from 77 yards out.

Unsung hero(es): Tussey’s run game outgained the Bulldogs by a 377-126 margin.

Most vital statistic(s): Neither team had more than 11 first downs, and Tussey Mountain had to come back from 19 points down, scoring on two possessions before halftime to cut the deficit down to 26-20.

Tussey Mountain coach Anthony Sottasante: “(Bishop) came of age tonight. He was a star for us. He made two huge plays for us when we needed it. We had a ton of mistakes, we dug ourselves into a hole again, but we kept fighting and fighting, and we keep telling the kids, hard work works, and to beat a good team like Claysburg and not play your best is pretty good. (Claysburg is) going to win a lot of football games.”

Claysburg-Kimmel coach Matt Bilchak: “We had an opportunity, and we didn’t capitalize on it. I was worried when we jumped ahead that it was going to get away from us, trying to keep that pace for that long. The injury to Corey (Chamberlain) to start the second half really was a hurter. It really took the wind out of our sails, but I was proud of the way our kids were able to handle that. We regrouped offensively and found some things we can take advantage of.”

Tussey Mountain QB Colton Bishop on game-winner: “(The credit goes) to my (offensive line) and my backs for blocking and doing everything great. We worked together as a team, and that’s all that matters. We came out victorious.”

Notable: Tussey Mountain went 96 yards down the field on the game-tying drive with much of the damage coming on the game-tying touchdown. … Both teams failed on two conversion attempts. … Claysburg-Kimmel lost quarterback Chamberlain due to injury in the third quarter. Bilchak said he should know about the status of his team’s quarterback on Monday.

Records: Tussey Mountain (2-0), Claysburg-Kimmel (1-1)

Next week: Tussey Mountain hosts Williamsburg, while Claysburg-Kimmel travels to Southern Huntingdon.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Tussey Mountain 7 13 0 6 7 — 33

Claysburg-Kimmel 14 12 0 0 0 — 26

First Quarter

CK–Claycomb 29 pass from Chamberlain (Buell kick), 4:35.

TM–Smith 75 run (Morningstar kick), 4:23.

CK–Biesinger 37 pass from Chamberlain (Buell kick), 1:50.

Second Quarter

CK–Biesinger 46 pass from Chamberlain (kick failed), 10:14.

CK–Claycomb 2 run (kick failed), 6:25.

TM–Lucko 77 run (kick failed), 5:50.

TM–Smith 41 run (Morningstar kick), 3:54.

Fourth Quarter

TM–Wright 66 pass from Bishop (kick failed), 1:52.

Overtime

TM–Bishop 7 run (Morningstar kick).

TEAM STATISTICS TM CK

First downs 10 11

Total yards 455 265

Rushes-yards 41-377 39-126

Yards passing 78 139

Passing (comp.-att.-int.) 2-3-0 11-17-0

Punts-avg. 3-22 2-46

Fumbles-lost 1-1 1-1

Penalties-yards 2-20 4-28

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING–Tussey Mountain Bishop 8-17, Lucko 13-140, Hennessey 10-87, Smith 10-133. Claysburg-Kimmel Chamberlain 3-13, Imler 10-25, Claycomb 16-54, Noah 5-24, Oakes 1-(-10), Bush 4-20

PASSING–Tussey Mountain, Bishop 2-3-0-78. H Claysburg-Kimmel Chamberlain 10-13-0-140, Oakes 1-4-0-(-1).

RECEIVING–Tussey Mountain, Lucko 1-12, Wright 1-66. Claysburg-Kimmel, Imler 4-25, Claycomb 2-20, Noah 2-34, Biesinger 3-61.

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