Rams roll past Panthers with help from everyone
JOHNSTOWN — Richland got contributions from several different players Friday night in rolling to a 56-13 Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference mercy-rule victory over Penn Cambria at Herlinger Field.
Junior wideout Griffin LaRue scored three touchdowns on an 18-yard run and two pass receptions, junior quarterback Kellen Stahl threw for one touchdown and ran for another while completing 10 of 18 passes for 141 yards, sophomore back Grayden Lewis rushed for 116 yards on just 6 carries and a touchdown, and sophomore Sam Penna threw a touchdown pass and returned an interception for another score for Richland, which improved to 4-1 overall and in the conference.
Play of the game: Lewis’ 54-yard touchdown burst up the middle of the field opened the game’s scoring with 6:37 left in the first quarter and got Richland rolling.
Player of the game: Tough call, considering that there were so many standouts. Give the nod to LaRue, who caught 4 passes for 74 yards to go along with scoring his three touchdowns.
Unsung hero(es): Richland celebrated its Senior Night, and the Rams gave each of their seniors a chance to get on the field, including many in unconventional roles. Several linemen rushed the football out of the backfield, including Nate Kniss, who scored on an 18-yard fourth-quarter touchdown run.
Most vital statistic(s): Richland rolled up 403 yards in total offense, while limiting Penn Cambria to just 90 total yards.
Richland coach Brandon Bailey: “We have a veteran group of offensive linemen that wins the line of scrimmage and enables us to get our skill players into space.”
Penn Cambria coach Nick Felus: “It is what it is. Our kids battled tonight, but we left some points on the board. We’ve got to do a better job of being opportunistic, and we’ve got to execute better.”
Notable: Senior Nick Marinak had an outstanding all-around game for Penn Cambria, scoring the Panthers’ second touchdown as time elapsed in the first half by gathering in an 8-yard slant pass from sophomore quarterback Garrett Harrold. Marinak also set up Penn Cambria’s first touchdown — a 1-yard Harrold run late in the second quarter — with an 83-yard kickoff return to the Richland 1, while contributing an interception on defense … Freshman back Owen McCracken scored on a 1-yard run for Richland, whose balanced offense produced 227 yards on the ground and 176 through the air … Penn Cambria turned the ball over four times, on two fumbles and two intercepted passes.
Records: Penn Cambria (3-2 overall and in the Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference); Richland (4-1 overall and in the conference).
Next week: Penn Cambria hosts Bedford; Richland visits Johnstown.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Penn Cambria 0 13 0 0 — 13
Richland 14 21 15 6 — 56
R–Lewis 54 run (kick failed), 6:37.
R–LaRue 2 pass from Stahl (Johnson pass from Stahl), 5:58.
R–LaRue 18 run (Facci kick), 11:22.
R–McCracken 1 run (Facci kick), 4:58.
R–Stahl 2 run (Facci kick), 1:05.
PC–Harrold 1 run (Michina kick), 0:43.
PC–Marinak 8 pass from Harrold (kick failed), 0:00.
R–LaRue 35 pass from Penna (Facci kick), 9:22.
R–Penna 33 interception return (Kinsey run), 9:06.
R–Kniss 18 run (kick failed), 10:47.
TEAM STATISTICS PC R
First downs 6 21
Total yards 90 403
Rushes-yards 29-26 27-227
Yards passing 64 176
Passing (comp.-att.-int.) 6-20-2 11-20-1
Punts-avg. 4-28.5 1-33
Fumbles-lost 2-2 3-1
Penalties-yards 4-30 5
RUSHING–Penn Cambria, Triplin 2-7, Harrold 14-6, Marshall 1-6, Marinak 2-4, McDermott 3-3, Broad 1-3, Phister 3-2, Storm 1-(-1), Smith 2-(-4). Richland, Lewis 6-116, LaRue 2-21, McCracken 3-18, Kniss 2-18, Stahl 4-17, Manahan 4-10, Moore 1-8, Rager 1-8, Janidlo 2-5, Batche 1-4, Robertson 1-2.
PASSING–Penn Cambria, Harrold 5-15-2-58, Shaugis 1-5-0-6. Richland, Stahl 10-18-1-141, Penna 1-1-0-35, Janidlo 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING–Penn Cambria, Marinak 2-31, Phister 2-21, Tsikalas 1-6, McDermott 1-6. Richland, LaRue 4-74, Penna 3-70, McCracken 2-14, Ford 1-9, Johnson 1-9.