Chambersburg breezes to playoff win over Virginia Cougars
By CHRISTINA METHNER For Public Opinion
The Chambersburg Cardinals' season continues.
While playing host to the Virginia Cougars on Saturday night at Trojan Stadium, the Cardinals put up another dominating performance, winning 48-20, and will continue their undefeated season into the next round of the playoffs.
"Everybody knew that the pressure was on tonight," Chambersburg coach Chad Fauson said. "The guys realized that this game meant something. We knew we needed to jump on them early and fast and that's what we planned to do in practice this week. It was nice to see something that we had drawn up go according to plan."
The Cardinals' plan went into action during their first possession. Just over one minute into the game, Keon Lattimore found a hole and broke outside for a 62-yard run that left Virginia defenders trailing in his path.
"The week leading up to the game we heard that (Virginia) was talking trash, so we had it out for them," Lattimore said. "As soon as I got the ball I was thinking touchdown. I got good blocking up front and I think that play helped set the tone for the rest of the night."
Chambersburg got on the board again when Ronald Frazier scooped up a loose ball and ran it 75 yards for a score.
The Cardinals' scoring effort continued into the second quarter. Stephen Link nailed field goals from 29 and 25 yards, and Ottis Lewis used his height to extend above a defender in the end zone to grab 15-yard pass from Anthony Gardner to give Chambersburg a 27-0 lead at halftime.
Virginia came out fighting in the third period when Zach Terrell connected with Richard Carter, who broke free for a 76-yard score. However, Gardner answered with a 10-yard toss to Ronald Dawkins, who was standing open in the end zone, and Craig Heyward Jr. added to the lead with a seven-yard run.
A Cougars' interception return added seven more points before the start of the fourth quarter, and another touchdown was later scored by Virginia on a QB keeper from one yard out.
Chambersburg had the final word, however. Atcheson Conway found a gap and ran 36 yards to close the scoring efforts for the victorious Cardinals.
"I'm proud of these guys and am pretty happy with how we played in all phases of the game," Lattimore said. "I have to take my hat off to the defense and give credit to the coaching staff for their calls tonight. The fans were great, too. It was a good crowd. We're going to watch film this week and hopefully take what we learned tonight and add onto it."
"This was our most complete game of the season," he said. "We need to keep improving each round as long as we get a chance to keep playing in the playoffs. This is the first game we really got into a rhythm.
"The beautiful thing is that we have the personnel to run two types of offense. We can run a power football game or run a finesse game and air it out and spread the field. And our defense is just solid. I wouldn't want to play against them."
It's unlikely that any opponents will want to, either.
Chambersburg 48, Va. Cougars 20
Virginia 0 0 14 6 -- 20
Chambersburg 14 13 14 7 -- 48
C -- Keon Lattimore 62 run (Stephen Link kick), 13:56
C -- Ronald Frazier 75 fumble recovery return (Link kick), 10:34
C -- Link 29 field goal, 9:45
C -- Link 25 field goal, 2:45
C -- Ottis Lewis 15 pass from Anthony Gardner (Link kick), 1:21
V -- Richard Carter 76 pass from Zach Terrell (Mark Miller kick), 14:04
C -- Ronald Dawkins 1 pass from Gardner (Link kick), 8:17
C -- Craig Heyward Jr. 7 run (Link kick), 4:35
V -- Lawerance Robinson 61 interception return (Miller kick), 2:14
V -- Terrell 1 run (kick blocked), 11:59
C -- Atcheson Conway 36 run (Link kick), 9:58
First downs 10 12
Rushes-yds. 28-110 27-210
Passing yds. 209 85
Total offense 319 295
Passing 12-23-1 11-20-1
Fumbles-lost 3-2 2-2
Punts-avg. 3-29.3 1-45
Penalties-yds. 16-145 11-115
RUSHING -- Va., Miller 19-83, Michael Roberts 6-29, Detric Murray 1-1, Jeff Overton 2-(-3). Chbg, Lattimore 11-105, Conway 6-78, Heyward 2-18, Dustin Mowen 5-17, Joshua Finafrock 1-(-2), Jerell Jones 1-(-3), Gardner 1-(-3).
PASSING -- Va., Terrell 11-18-200-1, Jesus Ruiz 1-5-9-0. Chbg, Gardner 11-16-85-0, Finafrock 0-4-0-1.
RECEIVING -- Va., Carter 7-142, A.C. Fitchett 1-47, Jeff Overton 2-14, Detric Murray 2-6. Chbg, Jones 7-57, Lewis 1-15, Dawkins 2-10, Garrien Johnson 1-5.
INTERCEPTIONS -- Chbg, James Rockymore, Robinson.
Pollard Sets Sack Record Despite Lynx Playoff Exit
September 5, 2011
South Jersey Lynx Media Group
VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia – Football is the ultimate team game and in order to win games, the team must perform well. Consequently, despite how the well or bad a team performs, some outstanding individual achievements deserve plenty of accolades. Third year veteran DE James Pollard Jr.’s 9 sack performance deserves plenty of praise. Despite the superior play of Pollard, the South Jersey Lynx (6-4) could not overcome the 10-point deficit at the hands of the Hampton Roads Hurricanes (10-1).
The Lynx won the battle within by dominating the ‘Canes throughout the game. Offensively, South Jersey was plagued all year struggling to put points on the board and sooner or later, that would be the ending fate of the season. The defense played very well and was one or two big plays away from keeping the ‘Canes off of the board themselves.
The 'Canes have avenged a playoff loss from back in 2009 when the Lynx defeated them at home by scoring a late touchdown to give them a 14-7 win. Their satisfaction will be exaggerated with this 10-0 win because of their self proclaimed, "We da best" attitude but this is actually the first time the 'Canes have defeated the Lynx in four attempts. Last year in the season opener, the Lynx played to a 0-0 tie with the Hurricanes, the only other game the Lynx didn't defeat Hampton Roads.
Officiating is a major part of the game and playing on the road does not help either but some questionable no calls during those big plays changes the outcome considerably. All in all, it’s a part of the game so the players can’t hold their heads down because of it.
Pollard gave the ‘Canes fits because they could not stop him from coming off the edge no matter how many blockers was assigned to him. His 9 sacks not only shattered his own top 3 sack performances in a game, he also topped the charts with 26 sacks in a season surpassing his own season high of 17.5. Remarkably, Pollard has amassed 59.5 career sacks in just 3 years with the Lynx and is well on his way to owning an unbreakable all-time record in the Lynx record book.
The Lynx have made the playoffs in all 9 seasons but the last two consecutive years, they have been ousted from the playoffs in the first round. Head Coach Lester Cream Jr. is well aware of the setbacks of the past few years and wants to recruit heavily to get the Lynx back to performing like they have in the past.