Cambria Heights dismantles northern Cambria as part of Coal Bowl renewal | Sports
PATTON, Pa .– Fans were so eager to renew the Coal Bowl that the cars were backed up to the old Patton Stadium with half an hour before kickoff.
By the time some of them finally made it to the box office, Cambria Heights already had the game in hand.
The Highlanders put another formidable defensive performance on the books, holding Northern Cambria within-36 yards in a dominant 35-0 victory over their high school football rival on Friday night at Cambria Heights High School.
“It means everything,” said Heights junior quarterback Ty Stockley. “Ever since we found out we were going to be at the Heritage Conference a year ago, everyone was talking about this game. We worked our buttocks. This game is our Super Bowl and we’re happy to make it today.
Stockley, who assaulted with the Coal Bucket Trophy for a team photo after the game, was a big part of the effort. He ran for Heights ‘first touchdown and pitched for the Highlanders’ third touchdown in the first half. He also had a sack and another tackle for a loss on the defensive side.
Ryan Haluska’s two short touchdowns in the second half set the race clock on for the final 4:18. Haluska finished with 85 yards on 22 carries, just behind Tanner Hite’s 94 yards on 16 carries.
Despite this being the first time the rivals have faced each other since 2014, the atmosphere was clearly one of deep meaning on both sides, and players confirmed it.
“The rivalry is back and there is so much tension that has built up and I am happy to keep the bucket in our trophy case,” Hite said. “We brought our physique and we were able to manhandle them up front, playing Heights football. This is what we do.”
While the Highlanders usually show it with their running game, this time it was on the defensive where it was most evident. Northern Cambria (0-3) didn’t make it through midfield until Cody Dumm’s 16-yard run in the last minute.
“They suffocated us. We had no room to breathe. We had no answer for them, ”said Colts coach Sam Shutty, whose team averaged nearly 200 yards per game in the first two weeks.
Another of the Heights defense’s most visible stars was senior lineman Zane Miller, who had a sack, a few more tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a recovered fumble. Heights have yet to allow an opponent more than 200 yards this season.
“It’s the Coal Bowl, so we wanted to come out and take a stand. Everyone came out motivated, ready to play, ”Miller said. “Confidence was one thing that happened. I think we showed it.”
The Highlanders improved to 3-0 overall and 2-0 in Legacy. Cambria Heights coach Jarrod Lewis said the break didn’t take away from his players’ rivalry or energy.
“We had nothing to do. They were excited. They were ready to go, ”Lewis said. “All week we were focused and hungry. It means a lot to these guys. Many of their parents lived in the communities for a while, so they knew what gambling meant. It was important to them and it was exciting.
After forcing a three-and-out to get a great starting position on the field, Cambria Heights methodically led the field, 59 yards in seven plays. Stockley went to the last 9 on a sweep around the left end with 6:46 left in the first quarter.
The Highlanders couldn’t take advantage of it after recovering the ensuing kickoff at the Colts 26, but it only pushed Heights back slightly. Another three-and-out and a 15-yard punt return from Tanner Trybus put Cambria Heights in business for the Colts 40. Eight plays later, Hite sliced a flash of light on the right side of the Highlander line and is entered the end zone from 7 meters.
Stockley joined Trybus on a nice 32-yard pass for Cambria Heights ‘second touchdown in the second quarter in the Highlanders’ next offensive play. The score came immediately after Miller pulled the ball away to Northern Cambria’s Peyton Myers in the Colts backfield.
Cambria Heights defeated Northern Cambria 173 – (- 33) in the first half.