Lions topped on road
Cumberland Valley forces 3 turnovers
MECHANICSBURG — In a game that was rife with emotion for Cumberland Valley football after former head coach Tim Rimpfel died Tuesday at the age of 73, the host Eagles used a stifling defense and forced three turnovers Friday night at Chapman Stadium to defeat Altoona, 27-14.
After an early 11-yard, second quarter touchdown run from the Mountain Lions’ Ethan Stroup, CV countered with 27 unanswered points across the remaining three quarters, hushing any symbiotic motion Altoona had left in the tank. The Eagles totaled two scores through the air, a pair of field goals and an interception return for a touchdown to solidify their victory.
Play of the game: Holding a slim 10-7 lead out of the half, CV quarterback Isaac Sines connected with a wide-open J.D. Hunter over the center field. Hunter snagged the catch, eluded some defenders and eventually found his way to pay dirt for the 34-yard score.
Player of the game: Hunter was a headache for the Lions in both the run and pass game. Hunter snatched three receptions for 43 yards and two touchdowns while also pounding the rock for 43 stripes across 10 carries.
Unsung heroes: Cumberland Valley linebacker Alex Sauve chipped in an unofficial 12 tackles (three for loss) for the Eagles. For Altoona, Alex Yost provided a late spark in the waning seconds of the game, dashing his way to six from 5 yards out. He rushed for 19 yards.
Most vital statistics: Turnovers proved to be costly for Altoona. Stroup coughed up the rock on two occasions and quarterback Aidan Steinbugl threw a fourth-quarter interception, which CV’s Max Wilken took to the house from 27 yards out.
Cumberland Valley assistant coach Craig Schweitzer (head coach Josh Oswalt was home quarantining after a positive COVID test earlier in the week): “I can’t say enough about these coaches. They really had a great game plan. They did a great job this week, and I just tried to stay out of their way. The only thing I had to worry about was making sure our captains knew where the coin toss was.”
Altoona coach Vince Nedimyer Jr.: “First of all, give credit to Cumberland Valley. They made plays, they were physical, they were prepared, their coaches did a really nice job and their kids executed. You know, we hung in there. We got what we wanted to start the second half there only being down 10-7, but we couldn’t get anything going offensively late.”
Sines: “We had a good week of practice, we had the right scheme, and, you know, the coaches put us in the right place. We played hard, and most importantly, we finished this week.”
Records: Altoona (3-2); Cumberland Valley (3-2).
Next week: Altoona hosts Harrisburg, while CV travels to Central Dauphin East.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Altoona 0 7 0 7 — 14
Cumberland Valley 0 10 7 10 — 27
A–Stroup 11 run (Ian Palilla kick), 8:30.
CV–Sines 35 FG, 5:10.
CV–Hunter 6 pass from Sines (Sines kick), 55.9.
CV–Hunter 34 pass from Sines (Sines kick), 9:14.
CV–Sines 35 FG, 10:05.
CV–Wilken 27 interception return (Sines kick), 9:17.
A–Yost 5 run (Palilla kick), 35.3.
TEAM STATISTICS A CV
First downs 14 14
Total yards 241 263
Rushes-yards 44-196 31-108
Yards passing 45 155
Passing (comp.-att.-int.) 6-14-1 12-18-1
Punts-avg. 6-34.1 2-41
Fumbles-lost 2-2 0-0
Penalties-yards 5-50 4-35
RUSHING–Altoona, Stroup 13-70, Steinbugl 12-53, Andre Dokes 9-44, Yost 5-19, Reid 4-11, TEAM 1-(minus 1). Cumberland Valley, Hunter 10-43, Sines 13-38, Staretz 6-27.
PASSING–Altoona, Steinbugl 6-14-1-45. Cumberland Valley, Sines 12-18-1-155.
RECEIVING–Altoona, Hileman 3-24, Stroup 2-10, Dokes 1-11. Cumberland Valley, Hunter 3-43, Huffman 3-43, Pines 3-30, Sauve 1-18, Somerville 1-13, Staretz 1-8.