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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

First Quarter

R–Stahl 8 run (run failed), 7:40.

R–Larue 1 run (kick failed), 4:44.

Second Quarter

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.

Third Quarter

R–Penna 36 pass from Stahl (Facci kick), 10:40.

R–Lewis 8 run (kick failed), :13.

Fourth Quarter

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

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

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.

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