Rams trounce Highlanders with high-powered attack
PATTON — Anything that could go wrong for Cambria Heights on Friday night did.
Richland jumped out to an early 31-0 lead — powered by a blocked field goal return for a touchdown — and never looked back as the Rams dominated from the opening kickoff en route to a 44-7 drubbing of the Highlanders at the Cambria Heights Athletic Field.
Play of the game: Richland’s Aidan Thomas blocked a Highlander field goal attempt that was returned by Griffin Larue 70 yards for the touchdown, ending Cambria Heights’ best chance to make a comeback as it put the Rams up 19-0 with 9:32 in the second quarter.
Player of the game: Rams QB Kellan Stahl completed six passes that went for 20 yards or more as he went 10-for-16 for 243 yards passing with an interception and two passing touchdowns along with 259 total yards with a rushing touchdown.
Unsung hero(es): Larue had six catches for 131 yards, returned a blocked field goal for a score and also rushed for a touchdown.
Most vital stat(s): Richland won despite failing to convert on five PAT attempts and never punted. The Rams also racked up 250 yards passing to the Highlanders’ 31.
Richland coach Brandon Bailey: “Kellan distributes the ball, he understands the offense and doesn’t get greedy and takes what defenses give to him, and by doing that you’re able to spread the ball around. A lot of respect for Jarrod Lewis and the program. They want to control the ball, control the line of scrimmage, and when they can’t do that, it’s going to be a bit of struggle for them to come back.”
Cambria Heights coach Jarrod Lewis: “We had to hit some of those big plays early. We had a couple of plays where we had guys behind the defense but unfortunately, we dropped both of them. They’re just very physical. They’re a good football team.”
Stahl: “If we don’t win this game, then our season goes spiral down, because there’s eight spots for districts now. We wanted to make sure we solidified that spot to go for a three-peat like we have.”
Notable: Cambria Heights punted just two times. … Richland outgained Cambria Heights 405-160. … Both teams combined for just five penalties for 40 yards. … The Rams racked up 14 first downs to the Highlanders 11.
Records: Richland (3-1); Cambria Heights (2-2).
Next week: Richland hosts Penn Cambria and Cambria Heights heads to Bedford Friday.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Richland 12 19 13 0 — 44
Cambria Heights 0 0 0 7 — 7
R–Stahl 8 run (run failed), 7:40.
R–Larue 1 run (kick failed), 4:44.
R–Larue 70 block field goal return (Facci kick), 9:32.
R–McGowan 60 pass from Stahl (kick failed), 6:06.
R–McCracken 4 run (kick failed), :57.
R–Penna 36 pass from Stahl (Facci kick), 10:40.
R–Lewis 8 run (kick failed), :13.
CH–Stockley 3 run (Harrison kick), 4:04.
TEAM STATISTICS R CH
First downs 14 11
Total yards 405 160
Rushes-yards 22-155 34-129
Yards passing 250 31
Passing (comp.-att.-int.) 12-18-1 2-9-0
Punts-avg. 0-0 2-33
Fumbles-lost 1-1 1-1
Penalties-yards 2-14 3-26
RUSHING–Richland, Lewis 5-39, McCracken 8-54, Stahl 2-16, Larue 1-1, Manahan 2-16, Kinsey 1-1, Robertson 2-26. Cambria Heights, Fox 10-45, Bearer 5-(-25), Hite 10-43, Haluska 15-39, Stockley 4-27.
PASSING–Richland, Stahl 10-16-1-243, Penna 2-2-0-7. Cambria Heights, Bearer 2-9-0-31.
RECEIVING–Richland, Larue 6-131, McGowan 2-66, Ford 1-7, Penna 1-36, Johnson 2-10. Cambria Heights, Schreyer 2-31.