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PATTON — A frosty Heritage Conference matchup between Cambria Heights and West Shamokin sparked fireworks from the start.

It was a battle fought in the trenches Friday night as the two squads attempted just 10 passes combined while rushing for 800 total yards.

Running back Tanner Trybus led the Highlanders, falling nearly 300 yards to the ground while finding the end zone three times. Quarterback Lou Swartz was also a force, rushing for more than 200 yards before injuring himself on a run just before the end of the first half.

That injury seemed to wipe out Wolves’ momentum and offensive firepower as they failed to score after half-time. The Highlanders fell behind in the second quarter after two long Swartz touchdown runs, but the offense reclaimed the lead before the break and never looked back.

Missed tackles were the name of the game for both teams, leading to several big plays on the floor. Heights relied on takeaways to smother a couple of promising West Shamokin drives in the first half.

Flow of the game: It is more of a sequence of the game. The Highlanders opened their first drive of the game with a 58-yard touchdown run from Trybus. Wolves then responded with a long drive into the red zone, only for Swartz to fumble and return the ball to Heights. Trybus then immediately threw an 85-yard throw for another touchdown to open a 14-0 advantage.

Player of the Game: There’s not much debate when a player has nearly 300 yards rushing and three scores, a long touchdown catch, and two interceptions on defense. Trybus was a force of nature to the Highlanders all night. He formed an impressive one-two with Lucas Storm from the backfield and terrorized West Shamokin’s defense.

Unsung Heroes: Storm was a great addition to Trybus from the Heights backcourt, giving Trybus some much-needed rest between big plays. He was a battering ram in the middle and used every space his offensive line gave him. The Heights’ offensive line was another force to be reckoned with, paving the way for Trybus and Storm all night. For the Wolves, Swartz was a wrecking ball, smashing his way through the Highlanders’ defensive line and secondary in his trek to several first-half chunk runs.

Key stat: The Highlanders forced five turnovers (three interceptions, two fumbles) and didn’t give up any of their own.

Heights coach Jarrod Lewis: “Offensively, I was proud of our style of play. The offensive line was fantastic tonight. Lucas Storm performed tonight. We were a bit sloppy in defense in the first half. I wasn’t that happy in the first half. But we came out and played well in the second half, which was kind of our MO.

West Shamokin manager Jon McCullough: “I’m proud of our kids because I thought we played hard from start to finish. The effort was definitely there. It just wasn’t enough to overcome what Cambria Heights brings.”

Trybus: “We had a new quarterback who started snapping this week and the linemen played fantastic. I couldn’t have done it without every single one of these guys. We must have another great week of training. We’re going to go through some things on defense and fix all the mistakes we made today.”

Notable: It was a very easy night for penalties for both teams, with a total of seven penalties for under 50 yards. There were only 10 pass attempts in the game for both teams combined.

Records: West Shamokin (4-5), Cambria Heights (7-2).

Next week: Cambria Heights visits Northern Bedford while West Shamokin visits either North Star, Meyersdale or Conemaugh Valley.

RESULT AFTER QUARTERS

West Shamokin 7 14 0 0 — 21

Cambria Heights 17 9 7 14 – 47

first quarter

CH–Trybus 58 run (kick failed), 11:43.

CH–Trybus 85 run (Trybus run), 8:11.

WS–Swartz 64 run (Oesterling Kick), 5:00.

CH – Deckard 31 FG, 0:07.

second quarter

WS–Swartz 82 run (Oesterling Kick), 11:07.

WS–Wolfe 37 run (Oesterling Kick), 7:09.

CH-Deckard 30 FG, 3:57.

CH–Trybus 46 pass by Weiland (run failed), 2:48.

Third quarter

CH–Sturm 1 run (Scott Kick), 0:13.

fourth quarter

CH–Trybus 6 run (Scott Kick), 5:28.

CH-Nelen 17 run (decker kick), 3:14.

TEAM STATISTICS WS CH

First lows 14 20

Total meters 417 484

Rush Yards 41-400 46-400

Yards pass 17 84

Pass (comp.-att.-int.) 1-5-3 2-4-0

Fumbles lost 3-2 2-0

Penalties 5-33 2-15

CUSTOM STATISTICS

RUSHING – West Shamokin, Swartz 8-212, Linhart 18-117, Wolfe 9-46, Long 6-25. Cambria Heights, Trybus 19-284, Sturm 17-80, Eckenrode 5-29, Nelen 2-18, Weiland 3-(-11).

PASSING – West Shamokin, Swartz 1-3-17, Wolfe 0-2-0. Cambria Heights, Weiland 2-3-84.

RECEIVED – West Shamokin, Oesterling 1-17. Cambria Heights, Trybus 1-46, Eckenrode 1-38.

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