Heights takes care of business
LOYSBURG — Cambria Heights led Northern Bedford by two scores at the half in the first-ever matchup between the schools in high school football Friday night at Panther Community Stadium, but the lead could have been considered on shaky ground considering it really came down to two plays, and NBC outgained the Highlanders.
Cambria Heights made sure to assert itself as the dominant team in the second half.
The Highlanders ate up most of the third quarter on their opening drive and held the Black Panthers to just two possessions and 1 yard of offense in the second half in a 29-0 triumph.
“The defense played great,” Cambria Heights coach Jarrod Lewis said. “Any time you pitch a shutout against a team like this, it’s impressive. We’re happy. We thought last week that we left some drives out there and didn’t capitalize. I thought we did a better job capitalizing this week and doing what we needed to do.”
Play of the game: Cambria Heights’ Ty Stockley picked up a Northern Bedford fumble and returned it to the NBC 17-yard line to set up Tanner Trybus’ 6-yard touchdown run that made it 14-0 at the half.
Player of the game: Stockley recovered the fumble, had a key sack to thwart a Black Panthers’ drive and connected with Joe Snedden on a 66-yard pass on Heights’ first possession that led to the first score of the game. He added a 12-yard touchdown run and ran in a two-point conversion to set the final score early in the fourth quarter.
Unsung hero: Cambria Heights running back Ryan Haluska’s final stats weren’t pretty — he carried 20 times for 65 yards — but he scored two touchdowns and did enough to keep the chains moving and the clock running.
Most vital statistic: Northern Bedford managed just 1 yard in the second half.
Most deceiving statistic: The Black Panthers outgained the Highlanders, 107 yards to 98 in the first half and had six first downs to Heights’ three. Though Cambria Heights finished with 171 total rushing yards, only 32 of those came in the first half.
“They were doing a dive keep with the quarterback running the ball,” Northern Bedford coach Garry Black said. “They knew we were being overly aggressive on the dive (in the first half), and they were pulling it out and running it the next gap over (in the second half). Kudos to them. They did what they needed to do to beat us.”
Lewis: “We have a lot of confidence in Ty. He’s a great quarterback. This is his first year starting, but he did a lot for us last year, and he hit Joe in stride. It was a great throw and a great catch. We work hard on that. When we see teams selling out to stop the run, we like to throw the pass, and that’s what we did tonight.”
Black: “We had opportunities and didn’t take advantage of any of them. We didn’t convert and finish. The two plays that got them the good field position, one they got behind us on something we worked on all week, and we sort of fell asleep there. Then we fumbled the ball and gave them another short field. This game could have been 0-0 at halftime.”
Stockley: “The line was excellent tonight. The line allowed us to run the ball and gave us enough time to make that big throw. Our tight end did a great job getting open and made a great catch. Coach Lewis preaches to us that the first drive of the second half is the most important, and we knew that we had to take the ball and run it down the field. That’s what we did and scored. It was perfect.”
Notable: Due to a lightning strike earlier this week, the scoreboard at Panther Community Stadium was not operational during the game. Officials kept the time of the game on the field and announced 4-minute warnings as the second and fourth quarters came to a close. … Barry Crawford was honored by Northern Bedford athletic director Jeff Batzel at halftime with an award for his many years of service to the Northern Bedford youth football program.
Records: Cambria Heights (2-0); Northern Bedford (1-1).
Next week: Cambria Heights hosts Northern Cambria in the first “Coal Bowl” since 2014. Northern Bedford travels to Bellwood-Antis.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Cambria Heights 7 7 7 8 — 29
Northern Bedford 0 0 0 0 — 0
CH–Haluska 2 run (Scott kick), 6:34.
CH–Trybus 6 run (Scott kick), 4:37.
CH–Haluska 3 run (Scott kick), 2:29.
CH–Stockley 12 run (Stockley run), 9:11.
TEAM STATISTICS CH NB
First downs 15 6
Total yards 238 108
Rushes-yards 50-171 18-25
Yards passing 66 83
Passing (comp.-att.-int.) 1-2-0 5-16-2
Punts-avg. 2-38 2-25
Fumbles-lost 3-1 2-0
Penalties-yards 2-10 4-20
RUSHING–Cambria Heights, Haluska 20-65, Stockley 13-37, Jasper 5-30, Trybus 4-17, Westrick 2-9, Bills 1-6, Della Valle 1-5, Hite 3-5, TEAM 3-(-3). Northern Bedford, Brown 3-13, Keller 5-6, Detterline 3-3, B. Snider 4-3, Baker 3-0.
PASSING–Cambria Heights, Stockley 1-2-0-66. Northern Bedford, Baker 2-10-1-48, E. Snider 3-6-1-35.
RECEIVING–Cambria Heights, Snedden 1-66. Northern Bedford, Fernandez 2-29, Bowers 2-25, B. Snider 1-29.